Special Education

email: specialed@paloaltopta.org

You are not alone.

About 12% of students in our district receive special services or accommodations, through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan. The majority of students needing support for a learning difference (like reading or attention challenges) are identified only after starting school. One in five teens will experience a diagnosable mental health issue. Specific supports and instruction are available which positively impact students’ success. 


Advocacy opportunity: This bill is currently in Sacramento. You can make an impact by writing your assembly member:

Assembly Bill (AB) 428 to provide critical support to California’s special needs students through the establishment of funds to equalize long-standing special education funding inequities, as well as increase support for students requiring higher cost services.