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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.
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.
November 29, 2018
Success Academy illegally changes special education services without parent input, complaint claims
The complaint alleges a pattern of school officials unilaterally changing special education placements without holding meetings with parents.
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.
school by school
September 13, 2018
Look up disparities in how your school is serving students with special needs
The tool is an easy way for you to compare gaps among schools and the statewide average.
Listening Tour 2018
July 31, 2018
From one parent to another: Learning how to advocate for a child with a disability
The dozen or so mothers, grandmothers and aunts came from different neighborhoods of the city. But they shared something in common: a…
Detroit Story Booth
November 22, 2017
Why one woman thinks special education reform can’t happen in isolation
This student advocate believes "How was your day in school" is the most important question to ask.
November 1, 2017
More students with disabilities got required services last year, but large gaps remain
Last school year, 73 percent of students with disabilities received their mandated services — up from 59 percent the previous year.
October 6, 2017
In Boulder, students with special needs are outperforming their state peers but are far behind their own classmates
For two years in a row, Colorado education officials have raised concerns about how students with special needs are falling far behind on state English…
August 27, 2017
Many worry that students of color are too often identified as disabled. Is the real problem the opposite?
New research challenges a piece of common wisdom about special education: that black students are too often told they have a disability.
getting to graduation
June 3, 2016
New York officials discussing plan to ease path to graduation for students with disabilities
New York education officials are discussing a plan to allow high school students with disabilities to earn a diploma without passing most or all Regents exams.
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.
March 12, 2012
Ask an Expert: Help for dyslexic daughter at school
A mom is concerned her bright - but dyslexic - daughter's academic needs are not being met at school - even though she has an IEP. An expert offers some tips.
May 4, 2011
Ask an Expert: Handling mainstreamed student's IEP
A mom of a hard of hearing child with implants worries that her daughter's IEP is not being followed. Two experts give her the goods on information she needs, who she should meet with, and what she can expect.
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