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When It Comes to Special Education, What’s Working and What Isn’t? Let’s Talk About it at the Next Open Newsroom

THE CITY and Chalkbeat New York are bringing together parents, teachers, advocates and experts to discuss finding solutions to help vulnerable New York City public school students facing a lack of legally mandated services amid the pandemic.

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What’s Working And What Isn’t? Help Us Report On Special Education Solutions in New York City

THE CITY and Chalkbeat are teaming up to report on what’s working and what’s not in the world of special education — and we want to hear from you.

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NYC Middle and High Schools Won’t Offer In-Person Learning Until 2021 at the Earliest

Up to 145,000 middle and high school students who previously opted into in-person learning will be forced to learn remotely for now.

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Most NYC Students Are Learning Online, But The City’s Virtual Teaching Strategy Remains Elusive

On a given school day, up to 800,000 students are expected to sign in for remote learning from home — but New York City has yet to put forward a detailed strategy to help schools improve online instruction.

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NYC Ventilation Reports Say Most Classrooms Are Safe. Educators Aren’t Convinced.

Educators say the DOE’s education reports do not match what they see on the ground, and want more information about how city leaders are making decisions about which spaces are safe.

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Yellow Bus Service Up in the Air As School Year’s Start Approaches

Transportation company contracts have yet to be signed, says DOE official, leaving uncertainty with especially high stakes for students with disabilities.

Many COVID Test-Seekers Lost in Translation at City-Run Testing Sites, Say Staff

With schools about to urge testing for symptomatic students, parents with limited English face special challenges in obtaining swabs.

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NYC Parents Worried About Sending Their Children into School Buildings Can Now Sign up for Fully Online Classes

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School Officials Promise Lead Cleanup, But Offer Little Testing Advice

With nearly 900 city elementary classrooms beset by lead paint, officials say they’re moving quickly — but give minimal guidance on blood tests.

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Only Nine Hearing Officers for 9,695 Special Education Cases

The more than 1-to-1,000 ratio highlights what parents and advocates say is a broken complaint system that delays services to special-needs kids.


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Parents Sacrifice Savings and Careers in Fight for Special Education Services

A slow, bureaucratic system for resolving complaints over a lack of special education services frustrates many, hitting low-income families hardest.

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Summer Free Meal Program for Kids Swallowed by Info Gap

The city’s food program is designed to combat child hunger. But limited and confusing outreach is leading to a waste of meals and federal dollars.

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Mayor Flunking on Pledge to Put A/C in Every Classroom

Two years after Mayor de Blasio’s air-conditioning vow, fuzzy math put the project behind schedule as costs rise faster than July temperatures.