Source: Valley Roadrunner

Students and teachers find common ground with special needs education

by Zach Williams

January 15, 2014

While many locals have been skeptical of the new Common Core standards, one meeting last night did not invite controversey.

Officials from the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District (VCPUSD)stressed that the impact of the Obama Administration policy would have no foreseeable negative impact on special needs education locally. A presentation by Scott Huffman, VCPUSD director of special education, said that the policy requires all students to meet the same standards.

“Common Core is really about drawing skills out of kids (...) It’s not about looking at things in one way,” he said at the meeting.

Currently about 11 percent of students in the district are classified as having special needs, district officals said.

More than 40 parents, students and district officials attended the meeting, held by Valley Center Elementary School. The next meeting of the Community Advisory Committee, overseen by the North Inland Special Education Region, will take place March 10 at Escondido High School.