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NYC Continues Sending Special Ed Students to School with Controversial Treatments

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More than 100 New York City students with intellectual disabilities and behavioral disorders attend a private school that uses electric shocks and mechanical restraints.

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Schoolbook

City Agrees to Stop Schools from Using 911 for Discipline

Monday, December 15, 2014

WNYC
New York City has settled a lawsuit that claimed the public schools relied too heavily on the 911 emergency number when disciplining disruptive students. 
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Schoolbook

UPDATE: Missing Teen Found After Leaving Special Ed School in Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WNYC
Nashaly Perez-Rodriguez's disappearance comes less than a year after autistic teen Avonte Oquendo walked out of his school in Long Island City.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

More Inclusive Special Education

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We check in on a new approach to special education in New York City schools, bringing special ed students back into the regular classroom.

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Schoolbook

Push for School Door Alarms Hits Wall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The disappearance and death of the autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo has led to a proposal to install door alarms in schools, but at what cost?

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School Investigation Sheds Light on Avonte's Disappearance

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Avonte Oquendo's classroom teacher knew the autistic boy's mother worried he might run away, but the teacher never shared that information.

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Avonte Oquendo's Death Hits Home for Special Needs Families

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The 14-year-old boy disappeared from a public school in October and his remains were positively identified Tuesday, after being discovered last week in the East River. To those with children like Avonte, some say his death is like losing a family member.

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IBO: More Special Need Students Leave Charters Than District Schools

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Students who enroll in charter schools for kindergarten are more likely to stay through third grade than students at traditional New York City public schools, according to the Independent Budget Office, with one exception: special education pupils.

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DOE: Bus Routes Covered When Students Return to School

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Come Jan. 2, multiple bus companies will pick up the thousands of routes previously covered by Atlantic Express and its affiliates, which closed for business on Dec. 31.

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Parents Sue City Over Students Sent to Emergency Rooms

Monday, December 16, 2013

Families of six students with special needs are suing the city for sending their children to emergency rooms because of behavioral outbursts. The families are seeking damages and claim the city could have managed the behavior in ways that didn't require wasting valuable emergency services.

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Report: Families List Latest School Bus Woes

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Frustrated families hired a prominent attorney to compile all of their complaints about school bus service in the hope that there's strength in numbers, and they will see improvements soon.

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Walcott Refines Safety Procedures After Child's Disappearance

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced several changes to safety protocols, in the Department of Education's most explicit acknowledgment that changes are needed following the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo last month from his Long Island City school.

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Education Department Knew Missing Boy Might Run

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

UPDATE: The lawyer for the family of Avonte Oquendo, the boy missing since he ran from his school on Oct. 4, said his special education learning plans from 2011 and 2012 warned educators that he could run away. 

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In Case of Missing Boy, Concerns that Shared School Space Was a Factor

Friday, October 11, 2013

How could a school created for special education students lose one of its own? Some special ed experts say the fact that most programs for special needs kids share space with other schools makes security a real challenge.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Public School 911 Calls

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education for WNYC and Schoolbook.org, discusses her reporting on city public schools calling 911 to deal with disruptive students, a large number of whom are enrolled in special education programs.

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20 School Buildings That Sent Most Children to ERs

Monday, September 16, 2013

WNYC looked at thousands of calls made from public schools between 2005 and 2010 for what 911 dispatchers call "emotionally disturbed persons." This data was obtained by Legal Services of New York. At the 20 buildings with the most calls, it appears 16 of them house District 75 schools, which are special education schools for kids with the most serious needs, those having autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, physical impairments or numerous other needs.

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Sending Disruptive Students to the E.R. Worries Docs, Advocates

Monday, September 16, 2013

A WNYC investigation of 911 calls made from schools reveals that buildings with the highest rates of calls were likely to house District 75 schools, those with the mission of educating students with severe special education needs.  There were thousands of calls during the six-year-period. Some of these schools -- where one might imagine people are trained to handle emotional outbursts and aggressive behavior -- sent troubled students to hospital emergency rooms at alarming rates. Hear what doctors and families have to say in this report.

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City Defends Late Placements in Selective High Schools

Thursday, May 09, 2013

WNYC

“If you didn’t apply for your job, would you get it?” one parent asked a D.O.E. official at a heated meeting about the students who have been placed in selective high schools without being screened. “We’re going to be receiving children who didn’t go through the process at all, while I’ve spent thousands of dollars on my daughter’s artistic development over the course of her life.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Trouble at Lake Grove and the Lessons for Nonprofit Schools

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Robert Lewis, WNYC investigative reporter, discusses his reporting on allegations of financial mismanagement and abuse at two nonprofit, special education schools run by the Lake Grove School Network -- both of which are almost entirely funded with taxpayer money.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama in Mexico; East Ramapo School Response; Eve Ensler

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This week President Obama will head to Mexico. We discuss what the administration hopes to accomplish in terms of trade, energy and security. Plus: A Hasidic leader in Rockland County responds to allegations that members of the Orthodox Jewish community are abusing their place on the East Ramapo school board; Eve Ensler discusses her new memoir detailing her work with women in the Congo and her own struggle with cancer; and WNYC's Robert Lewis talks about his investigation into two nonprofit special education school networks in the area.