New York

Special Ed. Cost Containment Hearings

Announcement of Public Hearings
The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Special Education has scheduled three public hearings to seek public comment on proposed amendments to Part 200 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education programs and services for students with disabilities. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to provide mandate relief to schools in certain areas of special education that exceed federal requirements; conform State regulations to federal regulations (34 CFR Part 300) that implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and State Law; and correct certain cross citations.

The proposed amendment would provide mandate relief and appropriate flexibility for committees on special education (CSE) to make special education recommendations based on students’ individual needs by:

•repealing the minimum service delivery requirements for speech and language;
•authorizing school districts to add up to two additional students to integrated co-teaching classes; and
•repealing the requirement that each student with autism receive instructional services to meet his/her individual language needs at a minimum of 30 minutes daily in groups not to exceed two, or 60 minutes daily in groups not to exceed six.
The proposed amendment would also conform State regulations to federal requirements relating to meeting notice and parent participation in CSE meetings and to State statutory language relating to district plans of service for special education.

It is anticipated that the proposed amendments will be submitted for adoption at the November 2010 Board of Regents meeting with a proposed effective date of December 8, 2010. A Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be published in the State Register August 18, 2010. A copy of the proposed rule may be accessed at:

Written public comment on the proposed regulations will be accepted for 45-days after its publication in the August 18, 2010 issue of the NYS Register (must be received by October 4, 2010). Written comments may be submitted to: New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Special Education, Room 1624, One Commerce Plaza, Albany, New York 12234, Attention: Public Comment – Proposed Regulations. Comments may also be faxed to 518-473-5387 or emailed to We request that written public comment be provided using the Public Comment Submission Sheet.

The public hearing session for NYC is scheduled as follows:

New York City*
September 16, 2010
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
VESID – Adult Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Manhattan District Office
116 West 32nd Street
5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10001
Room Capacity: 50 (approx.)

* The Leroy and New York City public hearings will be conducted by videoconference.

•Pre-registration is not required.
•The meeting rooms are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Individuals who need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting services and/or material in an alternative format) should notify Tim Knapik at (518) 486-7462 no later than two weeks before the scheduled meeting date.
•You must bring photo identification and follow sign-in procedures, which may include a security scanning, as required at the door.
•Individuals may register to provide comment at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Comments can be oral or written. Written comments that accompany oral remarks are optional.
•Participants wishing to provide comment between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. must arrive and register no later than 4:30 p.m.
•Please check the following website prior to the meeting dates for additional information and any changes regarding these meetings:
Last Updated: August 4, 2010 Contact
University of the State of New York – New York State Education Department

What's Your Education Story?

As the 2018 school year begins, join us for storytelling from Indianapolis educators

PHOTO: Dylan Peers McCoy/Chalkbeat
Sarah TeKolste, right, and Lori Jenkins at a Teacher Story Slam, in April.

In partnership with Teachers Lounge Indy, Chalkbeat is hosting another teacher story slam this fall featuring educators from across the city.

Over the past couple of years, Chalkbeat has brought readers personal stories from teachers and students through the events. Some of our favorites touched on how a teacher won the trust of her most skeptical student, why another teacher decided to come out to his students, and one educator’s call to ramp up the number of students pursuing a college education.

The event, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, is free and open to the public — please RSVP here.

Event details:

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, IN 46203
Get tickets here and find more on Facebook

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School safety

Hiring more security officers in Memphis after school shootings could have unintended consequences

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Tennessee’s largest district, Shelby County Schools, is slated to add more school resource officers under the proposed budget for next school year.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson earmarked $2 million to hire 30 school resource officers in addition to the 98 already in some of its 150-plus schools. The school board is scheduled to vote on the budget Tuesday.

But an increase in law enforcement officers could have unintended consequences.

A new state law that bans local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials could put school resource officers in an awkward position.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently reminded school personnel they are not obligated to release student information regarding immigration status. School resource officers employed by police or sheriff’s departments, however, do not answer to school districts. Shelby County Schools is still reviewing the law, but school board members have previously gone on the record emphasizing their commitment to protecting undocumented students.

“Right now we are just trying to get a better understanding of the law and the impact that it may have,” said Natalia Powers, a district spokeswoman.

Also, incidents of excessive force and racial bias toward black students have cropped up in recent years. Two white Memphis officers were fired in 2013 after hitting a black student and wrestling her to the ground because she was “yelling and cussing” on school grounds. And mothers of four elementary school students recently filed a lawsuit against a Murfreesboro officer who arrested them at school in 2016 for failing to break up a fight that occurred off-campus.

Just how common those incidents are in Memphis is unclear. In response to Chalkbeat’s query for the number and type of complaints in the last two school years, Shelby County Schools said it “does not have any documents responsive to this request.”

Currently, 38 school resource officers are sheriff’s deputies, and the rest are security officers hired by Shelby County Schools. The officers respond and work to prevent criminal activity in all high schools and middle schools, Hopson said. The 30 additional officers would augment staffing at some schools and for the first time, branch out to some elementary schools. Hopson said those decisions will be based on crime rates in surrounding neighborhoods and school incidents.

Hopson’s initial recommendation for more school resource officers was in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and sparked a wave of student activism on school safety, including in Memphis.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s recent $30 million budget boost would allow school districts across Tennessee to hire more law enforcement officers or improve building security. Measures to arm some teachers with guns or outlaw certain types of guns have fallen flat.

For more on the role and history of school resource officers in Tennessee, read our five things to know.

Sheriff’s deputies and district security officers meet weekly, said Capt. Dallas Lavergne of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. When the Memphis Police Department pulled their officers out of school buildings following the merger of city and county school systems, the county Sheriff’s Office replaced them with deputies.

All deputy recruits go through school resource officer training, and those who are assigned to schools get additional annual training. In a 2013 review of police academies across the nation, Tennessee was cited as the only state that had specific training for officers deployed to schools.