Special Education

Special Education provides services for over 6000 Oakland students with special needs. This includes training teachers, providing resources to families, and implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for each special education student. There are 13 categories of disabilities which qualify students for special education support. Beyond teacher training, Oakland offers a spectrum of services including resources specialists who support special education students within general education classes and at special times during the day, special all-day classes for students with moderate or severe disabilities, and home or hospital instruction.

Program Overview Table (2022-23)

Amount Spent
Change in spending from previous year▼ $15,793,480
Change in budget from previous year▼ $29,302,911
Over or under budget?Over by $1,253,564 (2.1%)
Total Positions233
Change in total positions from previous year▼ 84
Full time equivalent (FTE)211.2
Change in FTE from previous year▼ 85.4

Spending By Category (2022-23)

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Restricted funds must be used for specific purposes.

Unrestricted funds are more flexible.

Staff Positions (2022-23)

Number of Positions
Speech Therapist52
Para Educator39
Social Worker16
Tchr SDC Severely Handicapped15
Occupational Therapist14
Teacher RSP11
Instructional Supp Specialist8
Case Manager 246
Coordinator Special Education3
Teacher Adapted PE3
Teacher Visually Impaired3
Interpreter For Deaf II2
Staff Attorney2
Teacher Hearing Impaired2
Teacher Orientation/Mobility2
TSA Program Specialist 11Mos2
Administrative Assistant I1
Community Service Worker I1
Specialist Translator-Chinese1
Tchr SDC Non Sevrly Handicapp1

Staff Labor Unions (2022-23)

Labor Union
Number of Positions
Oakland Education Association156
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees39
Service Employees International Union34
United Administrators of Oakland Schools2