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Equity in special ed
October 17, 2019
Special needs students are plagued by an increasing number of school bus delays
Our analysis found an average of 500 delays a day in the first weeks of classes. Parents describe marathon trips and bizarre detours.
Budget & finance
August 28, 2019
Chicago wants to spend more on accommodations for students with disabilities. Advocates say the plan still falls short.
A disabilities rights group is pushing the city to do more to allow students with disabilities to attend classes and events on any floor of any city school building.
bills bills bills
February 21, 2019
Are students with disabilities getting what they need? Proposed laws would require NYC to reveal more details
The legislation would force the education department to release new details about whether students are receiving all of the services listed on their learning plans.
Follow the money
February 8, 2019
Mayor de Blasio proposes $300 million for special education staff, beefing up programs
Most of this money will be used to add more teachers and paraprofessionals to “implement individualized education programs," and a portion of it would go toward programs in bilingual special education and autism spectrum disorder.
January 11, 2019
A ‘gut punch’: Parents decry New York’s plan to upend special ed help centers and reduce staff
The decision came as a shock to providers, some of which have held contracts with the state for decades.
Lost in Translation
January 9, 2019
Parents with limited English can get lost without translations of special ed plans. NYC is trying to fix that.
“It’s an evolution of the services we’re providing in the translation unit,” said Kleber Palma, an education department official.
January 7, 2019
New York City now spends $325 million a year to send students with disabilities to private schools
The cost of sending students with disabilities dwarfs the price tag of some of the mayor’s highest-profile education initiatives.
November 2, 2018
In New York City schools, 40,000 students aren’t getting required special education services, report finds
NYC has roughly 224,000 students with special needs — a population larger than Houston’s entire public school system.
October 25, 2018
Lawyer in landmark Endrew F. special education case wins national honor
The Denver lawyer who argued the landmark Endrew F. special education case will be honored by a national disability rights group.
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…
The Right Resources
July 3, 2018
‘We didn’t have options’: A new Staten Island charter school aims to fill a gap for students with dyslexia
The elementary school was approved by the Board of Regents in June, and it’s set to be the first charter school in the state — and among only a few public schools nationwide — devoted to educating children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.
May 24, 2018
Special education in tumult as Adams 14 faces resignations, parent complaints
Parents of students with special needs in Adams 14 say their children aren't receiving appropriate services.
model of inclusion
December 14, 2017
New York City is placing students with disabilities in mainstream classes. But do they actually feel included?
Feelings of inclusion vary widely by disability type.
November 14, 2017
To help students with physical disabilities navigate a maze of barriers, NYC releases new reports on high school accessibility
The new reports are currently available for high schools in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
September 25, 2017
With a new school year underway, hundreds of teaching positions remain unfilled in New York City
Hundreds of schools are missing teachers and support staff two weeks into the school year, with many of the openings in high-poverty districts and struggling…
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