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 (2020-21)

Amount Spent
Change in spending from previous year▲ $11,823,491
Change in budget from previous year▲ $9,032,023
Over or under budget?Over by $2,922,624 (4.6%)
Total Positions273
Change in total positions from previous year▲ 16
Full time equivalent (FTE)251.83
Change in FTE from previous year▲ 18.13

Spending By Category (2020-21)

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Restricted funds must be used for specific purposes.

Unrestricted funds are more flexible.

Staff Positions (2020-21)

Number of Positions
Speech Therapist48
Para Educator43
Tchr SDC Severely Handicapped18
Social Worker14
Occupational Therapist13
Prog Specialist TSA 11 Months12
Teacher RSP10
Classroom TSA 10 Months7
Instructional Supp Specialist7
Tchr SDC Non Sevrly Handicapp7
Coordinator Special Education6
Case Manager 244
Teacher Adapted PE4
Interpreter For Deaf II3
Physical Therapist3
Teacher Orientation/Mobility3
Administrative Assistant I2
Classroom TSA 11 Months2
Teacher Hearing Imparied2
Teacher Visually Impaired2
Administrative Assist III Bil1
Anlyt PEC Financial Operations1
Community Relations Asst II1
Community Service Worker I1
Data Analyst II1
Exective Director PEC1
Legal Asst/Law Clerk III1
Spec District Family Engage1
Specialist Translator-Chinese1
Specialist Transportation1
Special SELPA Data Sys Mgt1
Teacher 11Months 12-Pay1
Teacher If 11 Month - 12 Pay1

Staff Labor Unions (2020-21)

Labor Union
Number of Positions
Oakland Education Association180
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees43
Service Employees International Union41
United Administrators of Oakland Schools7