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Pre-K for All? NYC’s Universal Preschool Push Leaves Students With Disabilities Behind

The city’s preschool programming has poorly served many students with disabilities, according to an analysis of 2019-2020 city data released Thursday by Advocates for Children.

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Special Education Tuition Hearings Shift to NYC Trials Agency in Push to Tackle Case Backlog

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NYC Expands Translation of Special Ed Plans for Parents Who Request Them

About 78,000 students with disabilities live in homes where English is not the primary language, according to city officials. Last school year, just over 7,000 individualized education programs were translated, the first year the process was available citywide.

NYC Special Education Complaint Backlog Grows — Even as Some Hearing Officers Twiddle Thumbs

State officials demand action as 9,400 cases remain unresolved while 30% of available hearing officers have no cases. Meanwhile, New York City children with disabilities go without crucial services amid the pandemic.

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NYC Delays its Massive Academic Recovery Program for Students with Disabilities

The nearly quarter billion-dollar effort to help special education students catch-up after more than 1 ½ years of pandemic disruptions gets pushed off to December — taking parents by surprise and causing added turmoil well into the 2021-2022 school year.

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Eric Adams Faces a Schooling on Major New York City Education Issues

Will the presumed next mayor be friendly to charter schools? How will he get along with educator unions that didn’t endorse him? How will he tackle integration? Here’s a look at how it could all shake out.

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Parents of Special Education Students Say the DOE Isn’t Sharing Meaningful Data. So They’re Collecting It Themselves

A trend of parent-driven surveys has emerged during the pandemic. This has helped fill a gap, say parents who are finding it easier to connect online and share information.

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Huge NYC Special Education Complaint Backlog Targeted by State Officials

Board of Regents-authorized changes will widen the pool of so-called impartial hearing officers to oversee cases. But advocates and state officials alike say more must be done to get students needed services.

Students with Disabilities Turned Away From NYC’s Free Pandemic Child Care Program

The $93 million Learning Bridges program was supposed to give priority to kids with special needs amid COVID-spurred school shutdowns. But parents said they were shunted aside, time after time. 

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One in Four NYC Students with Disabilities Missing Out on Mandated Special Education Services, Data Shows

The latest figures indicate the education department is struggling to serve some tens of thousands of children with special needs during the pandemic.


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Staten Island Special Education Students Sue to Join Neighborhood School Classrooms

The federal class-action suit argues that borough kids with special needs aren’t receiving equal services in District 75 schools, which serve some 25,000 students across the city.

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NYC’s Troubled Special Education Complaint System Gets Federal Monitor

A federal judge approved a "special master" to ensure that the city quickly complies with legal orders to provide special education services after parents win them through an administrative hearing process.

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Steep Drop in Babies and Toddlers with Disabilities Getting Early Intervention Services During Pandemic

The findings mirror a decline in referrals for special education services among school-age students and offer another grim window into how kids with disabilities have struggled during the COVID-19 crisis.

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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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¿Qué está funcionando y qué no? Ayúdenos a informar sobre soluciones para la educación especial en la ciudad de Nueva York

THE CITY y Chalkbeat se han unido para informar sobre qué está funcionando y qué no en el mundo de la educación especial, y queremos saber más sobre usted.

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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 School Reopening Again: What to Know About Heading Back to Class Amid COVID

Even as buildings reopen, families should brace for individual classroom and school closures if coronavirus cases are identified. More here on Monday’s return to in-person learning for 200,000 students.

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NYC’s Staffing Crunch Takes a Big Toll on Students with Disabilities, Report Finds

Many students with special needs have not received all of the services they’re entitled to during the pandemic, according to a survey of more than 1,100 parents.

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NYC Elementary School Students Can Return to Buildings Dec. 7, as de Blasio Shifts Strategy

As COVID cases grow across the five boroughs, the mayor said the city will no longer use a percentage positivity rate to shutter buildings. Schools serving students with significant disabilities will reopen Dec. 10.

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Special Ed Students Denied Crucial Services During COVID Remote Learning, Suit Alleges

Case against Department of Education demands immediate action as parents plead for help for students with disabilities.