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November 1, 2018
Carranza unveils capital plan with $750 million in fixes for disability access
The announcement comes after months of urging from advocates over the lack of access for students with disabilities in a majority of school buildings.
barriers to entry
September 12, 2018
Eighty percent of NYC schools aren’t fully accessible to students with physical disabilities. Activists say $850 million could make a dent.
Roughly 80 percent of New York City’s school buildings are not completely accessible to students with physical disabilities — and a coalition of…
February 13, 2018
How well does your school serve students with disabilities? A proposed law in New York City would make that clear.
Citywide, more than a quarter of students with disabilities only receive some of the services they’re entitled to — or none at all.
November 15, 2017
Mental health crises are major cause of police interventions in New York City schools, new data show
Last school year, nearly 29 percent of the 9,385 incidents where police or safety agents were called involved a "child in crisis."
students with disabilities
November 9, 2017
New York City says testing waiver sought by state could lower standards for students with disabilities
The state asked federal approval to give certain students with disabilities tests matched to their instructional level, rather than their age.
October 11, 2017
Three things to know about the record number of homeless students in New York City schools
One in ten New York City students experienced homelessness last school year.
August 1, 2016
Longtime advocate Anna Jo Haynes: Parents need to become advocates for their children
Chalkbeat sat down with Anna Jo Haynes to talk about an esteemed roundtable and her thoughts on how early education has changed over the years.
March 21, 2016
Regents approve new path to graduation using a skills certificate
Students will now be able to substitute a skills certificate for a fifth Regents exam, in the latest shift meant to ease the path to high school graduation.
SESIS UNDER FIRE
February 1, 2016
James sues city for not properly tracking services for students with disabilities
Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the city alleging its special-education data system prevented students from receiving services and lost the city millions.
students with disabilities
December 21, 2015
Investigation slams city over accommodations for students with disabilities
The office of Preet Bharara details inadequate school entrances and alarm systems that keep physically disabled students from attending their local elementary schools.
July 13, 2015
Evaluation delays leave some students with disabilities waiting for help
The city is hiring more staffers to screen students for disabilities, and upgrading a data system to track its compliance with the state's 60-day screening timeline.
October 15, 2014
Special-ed students in some neighborhoods face longer odds when looking for help
Ten percent of services are going unprovided for students who live in four Bronx ZIP codes with an average median household income of $22,000. That figure drops to 1.5 percent in the city’s five wealthiest enclaves, which have an average median income of $162,000.
stuck in the middle
September 10, 2014
One-fourth of city's middle school students are older than their classmates, report says
Nearly a quarter of the city’s middle-school students — or more than 50,000 pupils — are at least one year older than their classmates, in most cases because they have been held back before, according to a new report by an advocacy group.
June 24, 2014
City agrees to ease process for special needs students seeking private school tuition
Officials announced policy changes Tuesday meant to make it easier for parents of children with special needs to secure city funds for private school tuition.
October 1, 2013
Report: District-charter special ed gap not from "counseling out"
Stories of charter school officials telling — or hinting to — high-needs students that they should look elsewhere for their educational needs have long fueled criticism of the charter sector. But a new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education argues that "counseling out" is not the cause of the special education gap between the city's district and charter elementary schools. In New York City, 13.1 percent of charter school students receive special education services, compared to 16.5 percent of district school students. Using lottery data from 25 charter elementary schools and information from the city, researcher Marcus Winters found two main reasons for the gap: that fewer students with disabilities apply for kindergarten spots at charter schools, and charters classify fewer students as needing special education services once they start school. The report was not mean to "fully explain away what is a well-documented disparity," New York City Charter School Center CEO James Merriman said at a discussion at the center on Monday. "What it does do, importantly, is demonstrate conclusively that a significant number of charter schools in New York City are having success in keeping children from inappropriately being classified in the first place as needing special education services and at the same time, hopefully giving them a far better chance at success in their school careers," Merriman said.
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