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Public Advocate Letitia James
Asking the candidates
February 20, 2019
2 questions for 17 candidates: The education voter’s guide to New York City’s 2019 public advocate race
We asked each candidate two questions: What do you think is the biggest education issue facing the city, and what out-of-school factors that impact classrooms would you address?
July 27, 2017
Lawsuit targets New York City program that strands poor students without required special ed services
"The DOE has to ensure that students actually get services."
July 12, 2017
Report: Special education voucher program leaves some of New York City’s poorest families without services
"The process itself is in violation of the law."
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May 9, 2017
New York City’s special ed tracking system malfunctioned more than 800,000 times per day, but changes are underway
Officials promised to "implement these changes as quickly as possible.”
March 27, 2017
Does closing a Bronx Renewal school violate state law? Public advocate thinks so, but legal argument is murky
A 2009 lawsuit argued that closing certain zoned schools requires approval from local education councils.
Voice of dissent
November 30, 2016
Principal union chief says he ‘isn’t impressed’ with progress at city’s Renewal schools
It's not the first time the union leader has criticized the city's high-profile turnaround program.
time for an upgrade
November 18, 2016
New York City reveals new plans to upgrade its dysfunctional special education data system
How significant those upgrades will be remains to be seen.
October 25, 2016
Appeals court unanimously orders New York City to open school leadership meetings to the public
"Important decisions about our schools must be made in sunlight with input from parents and teachers."
August 12, 2016
Judge OKs a formal inquiry into the city’s notoriously unreliable special education tracking system
The city could be forced to answer questions as part of a legal proceeding that hasn't occurred since 1900.
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