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Opinion: All of My Special Education Students Are Ready for State Tests

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A teacher at a Success Academy charter school makes the case that her network's approach helps even the most challenged students achieve results.  
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In the Name of Fairness, Special Needs Students Struggle Through Testing

Monday, April 06, 2015

Federal law requires that students with disabilities have access to the same material as their non-disabled peers, including state tests. But the end result may not be fair after all.
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Opinion: How One Charter School Did Right By My 'Special Ed' Child

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Brooklyn mom refutes the claim that charter schools don't know how to support special education students, citing the example of her own son.
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Report: Special Needs Students Stay Longer at New York City Charter Schools

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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In a reversal, the Independent Budget Office said students with special needs are less likely to leave charters than their peers at city district schools.
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Remains Are Autistic Teen's; Family to Sue City

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The New York City medical examiner's office says that human remains found along the East River are those of 14 year-old Avonte Oquendo, an autistic student missing for three months.

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Schoolbook

Police May Scale Back Search for Missing Teen

Monday, October 21, 2013

Police say they may scale back on the search for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic boy who's been missing for over two weeks.

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Ongoing Search for Missing Teen Weighs Heavily on Family

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

With no hard leads on the missing teenager, relatives of Avonte Oquendo said it's getting harder to stay positive but they won't let up until the autistic child who ran out of his school is found.

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Missing Teen's Family at the Heart of Ongoing Search

Friday, October 11, 2013

Exactly one week after Avonte Oquendo ran out of school unsupervised, his family gathered to pray for his return. Meanwhile, the city broadened its alerts to include public transit. Hear the latest, and get an insider's view on what it means to care for a mute autistic teenager. 

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Report on Using ERs for Troubled Students Strikes a Nerve

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reporter Beth Fertig was on The Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday to discuss her report on New York City public schools relying on emergency 911 calls to deal with disruptive students, a large number of whom are enrolled in special education programs. Judging from the comments, her story struck a nerve.

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To Change Behavior, Students Act as Teachers

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Teachers often wish students could spend a day in their shoes, especially the more difficult students. Beth Fertig reports on two teachers who got their wish when they experimented with a program to improve classroom behavior.

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Parents With Limited English Skills Say City Fails to Help Them

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Several dozen parents gathered on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse on a sweltering Wednesday afternoon, at a news conference to announce a complaint against the Department of Education. The complaint accuses the Education Department of discriminating against parents who have limited English proficiency, and whose children require special education services.

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A School With Plenty of Air-Conditioners, All Sitting in Storage

Friday, June 15, 2012

While the classrooms at New Horizons Middle School in Brooklyn do not have air-conditioners, the school’s storage room does. Earlier this school year, workers discovered 10 unopened boxes of air-conditioner units in the basement and, now that the weather is heating up, school officials said they would love to see them in operation. The city's Department of Education, though, said it's not that simple.

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State to Propose New Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

Friday, April 20, 2012

After three postponed attempts, New York State is on track to eliminate a set of less demanding exams that thousands of students with disabilities have used to earn diplomas. But officials are proposing to replace those tests with a new safety net for students who might otherwise fail to graduate from high school.

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