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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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Settlement in 7-Year Suit Over NJ Students with Disabilities

Thursday, February 20, 2014

After advocates filed a federal lawsuit nearly seven years ago, the New Jersey Department of Education will take steps to better include students with disabilities in their home school districts, rather than send these students to separate facilities.

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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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Travel Program Gives Students Newfound Independence

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Department of Education program gives students with disabilities the skills to walk the streets of New York safely and take public transportation on their own. For one high school senior in Queens, the training has meant she can commute to school this year without an adult escort for the first time in her life.

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New Tests Expose Inequities for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The results released for New York students who took the inaugural Common Core tests last spring were alarming to anyone concerned with the state of education in  New York City. But those of us who are parents and/or work with parents of children with disabilities? 

We hit the ceiling. 

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Autism Numbers Spike in Special Ed District

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The number of children with autism increased by 10 percent this year in District 75, the city's program for children with the most serious needs, according to preliminary data obtained by Schoolbook.

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Ongoing School Bus Strike Frustrates Special Education Families

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Despite the city's efforts to help families of disabled students during the school bus strike, some parents say the process is complicated and they are struggling with the disruption.

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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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Getting Schooled With Jumaane Williams

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

City Councilman Jumaane Williams stands out in a crowd. It’s not just his long dreadlocks. It’s the rocking, jerking motion of his body that is the result of Tourette's syndrome. Mr. Williams doesn't usually refer to his disability, but he is frank about some of his challenges, especially when meeting young people in his Brooklyn district.

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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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