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Report: Special Needs Students Stay Longer at New York City Charter Schools

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WNYC
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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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

Mayor de Blasio Issues Stern Warning After Special Ed Teen Disappears from School

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NYC officials are investigating what went wrong at the special ed school where a teenager managed to leave undetected almost a year after the tragic disappearance of Avonte Oquendo.
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De Blasio Promises Smoother Path for Special Needs Parents

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pressure from families and state lawmakers has led the mayor to promise to change the way the city refunds special-needs families who send their children to private and parochial programs. 

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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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Schoolbook

IBO: Phase-Out Schools Enroll More Struggling Students

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A new report finds higher concentrations of students in poverty and special needs at the 26 schools the city has targeted for closure, but it doesn't draw any conclusions about whether the schools received enough funds to prevent them from going downhill academically.

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WNYC News

State Registries Saved Lives During Sandy, But Not in NYC

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a registry that would allow disaster responders to know where to find people most urgently in need of aid. But he does not appear to have followed through.

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Feds Say City Submitted False Counseling Claims

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Department of Education submitted false claims to Medicaid for counseling services for students with special needs, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District. The complaint seeks $2 million in reimbursement and fines. City lawyers say they disagree with the allegations.

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That's My Issue: Leaving Kids Behind

Monday, August 20, 2012

I bonded with an angry fourth grader on a school field trip. Imperceptibly to me at the time a seed was planted that sprouted and grew into the ethos of my career.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Special Education Changes

Monday, July 30, 2012

Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer of the New York City Department of Education, talks about how NYC public schools are moving to a system for "inclusion" of special needs kids in regular classrooms.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Vulnerable in New York

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Clarence Sundram, Governor Cuomo’s Special Advisor on Vulnerable Persons, discusses his recommendations to reform New York's system of services for people with special needs and disabilities.

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A Student Gallery, Inspired by Nature

Friday, December 23, 2011

Students at the Devereux School in Red Hook created artwork inspired by nature and using materials found in nature. The school, which serves students with special needs, is seeking a space to display the works.

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WNYC News

Parents Claim City Bungled Community Education Council Elections

Friday, May 06, 2011

City parents and some politicians claim the Department of Education has bungled the community education council election, which is supposed to provide an avenue for parent engagement.

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