Reviewing strategies to ensure all of Oakland’s public school students with special needs have increased access to high quality education programs. Piloted Memorandum of Understanding for Special Education (SPED) services with Education for Change Public Schools. Current deliverables: conduct focus groups of SPED families and teachers; share policy proposals to facilitate greater equity in serving moderate-to-severe SPED students. Upcoming meetings: Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 19, May 17, Jun 7.

  • Kate Nicol (co-lead), Executive Director, Vincent Academies
  • Sondra Aguilera (co-lead), Deputy Chief, Student Services, Oakland Unified School District
  • Sharon Falk, Director of Special Education Local Plan Area, Oakland Unified School District
  • Neena Bhathal, Director of Schools, Oakland Unified School District
  • Allison Guilfoil, Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Anna Johnson, Parent
  • Jennifer Zamora, Special Education Coordinator, Oakland Military Institute
  • Dorothy Young, Oakland Families for Quality Schools