Special Education

Just over one-third of eligible students are expected to get extra tutoring and services — with many sitting out because of transportation problems, too-long school days or schools phasing out sessions.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Case against Department of Education demands immediate action as parents plead for help for students with disabilities.