Special Needs Students
Friday, January 24, 2014
By Beth Fertig
The death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teen who ran out of his school unsupervised, has sparked a wider conversation: what's the role of the wider community when it comes to caring for kids with severe disabilities? The topic generated lively conversation on Friday's Brian Lehrer Show.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
WNYC's Brian Lehrer spoke to the author of an article about tensions in the East Ramapo school district. Then he interviewed Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder, the former school board president, who responded to claims that members of the local Orthodox Jewish community are abusing their power on the school board to gut the public schools. Listen to both interviews and join the conversation.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A parent advocate for special-needs kids said they don’t deserve pity; they deserve respect which they did not get during the school bus strike. Their missing services weren’t tracked. Their legal rights were violated for five weeks straight and, she wrote, their progress for the school year was stunted. What do you think the city could have done better for these kids?
Friday, February 01, 2013
The labor relations board ruled that the strike by the school bus workers' union was lawful which means, for now, the strike continues. Families affected by the idled buses are planning to rally outside City Hall this weekend, urging the city to resolve the dispute.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
By Yasmeen Khan
With thousands of school bus drivers on strike, families are making patchwork arrangements to get their children to and from school. SchoolBook tagged along with one mother and son who had to change up their routine.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Last week ended with a flurry of news, in part because of the conclusion of the legislative session in Albany. But before departing for the weekend, the state Education Department slipped in a decision on providing $60 million in aid to 24 "turnaround schools" in the city. And this week -- the last week of public school -- starts with news of audits of an expensive kindergarten program for special-needs children, and more on the Horace Mann School sexual misconduct allegations. Oh, yes, and there are a few graduations.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Charter schools are under increasing pressure to admit and provide more services for children with special needs. This spring, they have been asking the Legislature for the authority to form coalitions, so they can pool resources that will help them fulfill their mandate. The bill seemed to be cruising along, but now the state teachers' union has thrown up a roadblock.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Education officials tried to explain to City Council members at a hearing why they failed to collect tens of millions in reimbursements from services for special-needs students in recent years.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Private school tuition rates have been on the rise in the city -- so much so that the annual tuition is hovering on the brink of $40,000 a year, even for the lowest grades. That means that some parents pay more for their child's private school tuition than they would if the child were attending Harvard, The New York Times reported this weekend.