The Special Education department works collaboratively with school and District leaders, teachers,
students, and families to provide the tools, guidance, supports, and services needed to ensure
excellence and equity for students with disabilities. Primary functions include:
- Assess students with disabilities from birth to age 21 to determine appropriate service levels
- Support special education and general education teachers to develop learning plans for students with disabilities.
- Provide therapy services to students with disabilities
- Coordinate with Curriculum and Instruction to develop core content training for all teachers to
- Meet legal and procedural compliance required to document services
- Work with private schools to use federal funds to support special education students that have
Notable ChangesTo address compliance issues, the Seattle School District developed a Comprehensive Corrective
Action Plan (C‐CAP). The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) approved the
C‐CAP in FY13‐14. The approved C‐CAP resulted in a mid‐year budget increase of $1.5 million
and 12.5 positions.
The number of students receiving private contract placements more than doubled in FY13‐14
from FY12‐13. The FY14‐15 budget continues the $1.8 million contingency funding increase to
support student education needs that are beyond the scope of services offered by Seattle
The FY13‐14 budget was increased mid‐year by $1.25 million to fund 25.5 Special Education
Instructional Assistant positions. These instructional assistants provide one‐to‐one support as
required by student Individualized Education Plans (IEP). These positions will continue in FY14‐
To provide additional support for teachers, 1.6 Program Specialist positions were added in FY13‐
14. The FY14‐15 budget maintains these positions and adds $512,000 for an additional five
After the adoption of the FY13‐14 budget, funding was added for IEP required summer services
known as extended school year. The extended school year budget continues in FY14‐15 for a
cost of $849,000.
Caseload limits for Educational Staff Associate (ESA) positions have been established per the
2013 ‐15 Seattle Education Association (SEA) Collective Bargaining Agreement. ESA positions
include Audiologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, and Speech
61 |and Language Pathologists.
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The FY14‐15 budget continues funding for three positions added
in FY13‐14 and adds two more positions as required by the collective bargaining agreement.
The FY14‐15 budget adds $459,000 for benefit, salary step, and collective bargaining increases.
Special Education support for nursing transfers to Health Services for a reduction of $468,000.
Budget and FTE Changes, Special Education
Description 2014 2015 Change
Adaptive PE 177,223 181,887 4,664
Additional Support 3,281,056 6,431,700 3,150,644 Wow, whats in this bucket?
Assistive Technology 367,712 493,400 125,688
Audiology 445,936 453,799 7,863
Behavior Consortium 1,031,474 1,056,839 25,365
Birth to Three 1,802,906 2,350,654 547,748
Deaf/Hard of Hearing 476,592 517,228 40,636
DSU 300,000 300,000 0
DSU ‐ 4B 250,000 250,000 0
Extended School Year 849,425 849,425
Health Services 468,736 (468,736)
Home & Hospital Education 358,563 358,563 0
Information Management 713,048 631,204 (81,845)
OTherapy 3,993,712 4,255,000 261,287
Preschool 1,585,266 1,579,267 (5,999)
Private Schools 126,163 437,633 311,470
Professional Development 479,628 1,373,629 894,002
Psychology Services 4,848,449 5,107,113 258,664
School Materials 239,375 239,375
Speech/Language Services 6,731,467 7,169,664 438,197
Supervision & Admin 1,130,486 1,567,585 437,099
Vision Services 646,060 615,952 (30,108)
Vocational/Special Education 471,853 488,582 16,728