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Special Education Advocates Offer Lengthy To-Do List for New Mayor

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Special education watchdogs in New York City are ready to bend the ear of the new mayor. There are a lot of things they want to change, and they're not shy about listing them. 

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New Technology Opens Doors for Disabled Students

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Special education reform has made is possible for more children with disabilities to attend their local schools. A segment of this population relies on technology to learn and get around. A WNYC reporter visited a recent showcase of the latest technology for students, organized by students.

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School Bus Issues Dog Special Ed Community

Friday, April 26, 2013

Parents of students with special needs are still feeling burned by this year's bus strike, and by everyday issues related to school bus service. They got a chance Thursday night to raise questions on bus service and the rollout of special education reform to the schools chancellor.

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More Planning Needed for Special Ed Students Under Common Core

Friday, March 22, 2013

Parents and advocates pressed education officials on how they're anticipating the needs of special education students as instructional goals change. The answer often boiled down to the city schools needing time to adapt the new Common Core learning standards to fit all students in the system.

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Creating Schools for All Students, Disabled or Not

Monday, January 14, 2013

A group of architects and educators presented their ideas on how to design schools that accommodate children with special needs. Hint: creating an environment for children with disabilities means it can be a space for all students.

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DOE: Special Ed Changes Progressing Well

Friday, September 21, 2012

The city's brand new deputy chancellor for special education offers an update on the roll-out of changes in special education this year. All schools are expected to add the services necessary to accommodate students with disabilities who are eligible to attend.

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Students Must Speak Up for Real Inclusion

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A disabled student advocate wants to help his peers get along as they find themselves learning together more often under the new special education guidelines.

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Walcott Welcomes New School Year

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

School Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Sept. 6 is a day to focus on the anticipation and opportunity implicit in a new school year. Any policy debates or disputes will have to wait until another day.

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Families Struggle With New Special Education Rules

Monday, September 03, 2012

As the city expands its special education reforms across the city, the new policy has run into a few speed bumps. Families and schools are struggling to understand and meet the requirement that neighborhood schools serve almost all the students in its community even if that means adding staff and providing services the school has never provided before.

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City Schools Bracing for Big Reforms

Friday, August 31, 2012

On WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, reporters Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan explain the new big initiatives that city parents, teachers and students will encounter this coming school year. The public schools are expanding their use of the Common Core learning standards. At the same time, there's a push to include more students with special needs in mainstream classes at all schools whenever possible.

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Special Education Reform Brings City More In Line With National Trend

Thursday, August 09, 2012

New York City is revamping how it teaches many of its special-needs students, who have learning disabilities or moderate behavioral problems. Although the national trend has been to mix more of these students into mainstream classrooms, the city has stuck to an old model of keeping special ed students separate. Until now.

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City Sees Special Ed Reforms as Costly but Necessary

Monday, July 30, 2012

Speaking on WNYC, the city's chief academic officer, Shael Polakow-Suransky, said the city was opening its hot line this week for parents of special education students ahead of this fall's overhaul of special education programs. Listen to the conversation, and share your comments.

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State Requires New Screening for Struggling Readers

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A new state screening protocol for elementary schools goes into effect this month. Its stated goals are to catch reading and literacy problems earlier and possibly reduce referrals to special education.

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Special Education Overhaul Brings New Concerns About Students' Programs

Monday, July 02, 2012

In September, most students with disabilities will be able to attend their neighborhood school. This means schools will have to follow the student's individualized education program, or I.E.P. It’s a legally binding document that spells out the needs of the student and it's not always easy to get the plan right.

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Why Should a Disability Limit High School Choices?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bryan Stromer is an eleventh grader at NYC Lab High School, a place where he is happy and thriving. But he wound up at Lab by default, after another school that interested him could not provide the special education services he needs. Now on the Citywide Council on Special Education, he writes about his hope that the city's upcoming changes in special education will make more schools accessible, giving students more options when choosing a high school.

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Acquainting Parents With New Special Ed Plans

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The city's education department has been working to inform families of changes coming to the way schools deliver special education services. And some parents are asking whether schools will have the resources they need to follow through.

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On City Hall Steps, Harsh Words for Bloomberg

Friday, January 27, 2012

During a week in which the Bloomberg administration has embraced an independent, landmark study that linked its hallmark policy of small schools to increased student success, a group of parents and elected officials took to the steps of City Hall on Friday to denounce the administration’s education agenda, particularly its decisions to close or phase out city schools and its policies to address low college preparedness rates for minority students.

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For Some Special Ed Students, Inclusion Is Deferred

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More than 85 percent of New York City’s special education students are not meeting state standards for reading in the elementary and middle grades. Yet the city spends about $5 billion a year to educate students with special needs, more than a fifth of the total budget for schools. The city has been heavily criticized for spending so much money and getting such poor results. It is now trying to improve the way these students are educated. But going forward sometimes means taking a step back.

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