Mountain View Voice

News - June 21, 2013

Group expands reach for special needs students

by Nick Veronin

The Mountain View Whisman School District's Special Education PTA is no more. But that doesn't mean its members have given up their cause.

In fact, according to the former PTA's co-founder, Christine Case-Lo, she believes her group will be more effective and reach more people in need of their help now that they have ditched the title of PTA and all the bureaucracy that comes along with it.

"We just found it wasn't really working for us," Case-Lo said of being an official Parent Teacher Association geared toward helping special education students in Mountain View's elementary and middle schools. "We didn't need to be a separate PTA with all that paperwork, when the (individual school) site PTAs were doing such an incredible job."

Now, Case-Lo said, her organization will be called the Learning Challenges Committee and will consult with the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council — which interfaces with PTAs in the Mountain View Whisman School District, the Los Altos School District and the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District.

Being a committee that serves the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council, they will be able to reach 19 schools in three districts — including both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, Case-Lo said.

Naming the group the "Learning Challenges Committee" will allow them to help students who might be just having a small problem with learning but are not classified as having special needs, she said.

The organization is working to get a representative at every school in all three districts — a point-person for people to go to when they need help. They've made progress on this front, Case-Lo said, but they still need a representative at Bubb, Monta Loma, Theuerkauf and Graham schools. It's possible they may need a representative for Mountain View high and Crittenden Middle School as well.

For more information on how to get help from the LCC or to offer help, the committee's website is at lcc.lamvptac.org.

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