Welcome to the TUSD Special Education Department!
The Torrance Unified School District (TUSD) Special Education Department provides a continuum of supports and services to students with special needs who reside within the boundaries of the District. In addition to the supports and services offered by the District, TUSD partners with other local school districts as well as the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). TUSD is a member of the Southwest Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).
Our mission is to ensure that every student is educated and prepared to succeed in life. This is supported through partnership and collaboration with parents, students, educators, and a community of organizations dedicated to maximizing the individual potential of each child. The goal of our website is to provide information about Special Education supports and services, parent and educator resources, committee news and items of interest to educators, parents and students.
Legal Concepts of Special Education
Child Find - Each public school system is responsible to find and serve all eligible children with disabilities in its area.
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) - Each public school system is responsible for ensuring that each child with disabilities is served appropriately, at no expense to the parent.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - Each child is assured of his/her right of education with non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of both.
Due Process - The right of parent participation, and challenge, in all aspects of assessment, identification and placement is assured; involves mediation or administrative hearing procedures and complaint procedure in case of disputes.
Individualized Education Planning (IEP) - The right of a child to an educational program designed to meet his/her individual needs and based on adequate assessment is assured. At age 14 to 16 this includes the development of an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) to provide for transition into the world of work.