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ARTICLES BY: Alex Zimmerman

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    Even More Students’ Special Education Evaluations Delayed

    An increasing number of public school kids were delayed in getting evaluated for special education services last year, violating federal timelines.

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    A Tale of Two Special Education Evaluation Systems in NYC Schools

    Critics say the city’s inability to fully assess kids’ needs leads parents with means to seek private help while many others have nowhere to turn.

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    A Call to End Special Education Hearing Delays Amid ‘Harm’ to Students

    Education advocates demand “immediate action” on overhauling a complaint system that flouts legal deadlines, making students wait for needed services.

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    Queens School Pens New Chapter on Teaching Kids to Read

    Parents and educators are watching as Long Island City’s P.S. 111 puts paraprofessionals on the front lines of literacy, with an emphasis on phonics.

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    Schools Chancellor Carranza’s Testing Plan Raises Concerns

    The New York City Department of Education proposal to subject students to “formative assessments” draws questions from union officials and others.

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    A Reading ‘Crisis’: Why Some Parents Created a School for Dyslexic Kids

    Pioneering Staten Island school, experts say, underscores systemic failures that drive families to seek help elsewhere — often at taxpayer expense.

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    Children’s Advocates Say DOE Needs Lesson in Compliance

    The Dept. of Education has ignored orders requiring it to provide services to students with disabilities in a timely manner, new motion claims.

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  8. education

    If City Eliminates ‘Gifted’ Programs, Here’s What Could Come Next

    A bombshell report this week by a mayoral advisory group suggested that New York City phase out its “gifted and talented” programs.

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  9. schools

    City Should Test Entire Schools for Lead Paint, Lawmakers Say

    City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilmember Mark Treyger, urged the city to expand its testing amid troubling findings in elementary schools.

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    School Officials Promise Lead Cleanup, But Offer Little Testing Advice

    With nearly 900 city elementary classrooms beset by lead paint, officials say they’re moving quickly — but give minimal guidance on blood tests.

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    Lead Paint Found in Hundreds of NYC Elementary Schools

    More than 900 New York City elementary school classrooms tested positive for lead following inspections, according to Department of Education data.

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    With School ‘Renewal’ Program Canceled, Principals Wonder What’s Next

    Now that de Blasio’s expensive and controversial school turnaround plan is being phased out, educators are left in limbo on a replacement.

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    City Overhauls How Police Operate in Public Schools

    The agreement aims to limit the situations in which law enforcement officials can send students into the criminal justice system.

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  14. education

    Lawsuit Blasts Interpretation Services for Special Education Families

    A federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week charges the city Department of Education routinely withholds services from non-English speakers.

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  15. schools

    Department of Education’s Anti-Bias Training for Educators Behind Schedule

    The plan, announced last summer, called for training 125,000 people in two years. So far, only 15,000 have completed the controversial sessions.

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    Brooklyn Elementary School with Only 82 Students Saved

    The city Department of Education backed off its bid to close Bedford-Stuyvesant’s P.S. 25 amid a lawsuit and improving test scores.

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    High-Stakes Test Boycotts: A School-by-School Breakdown

    Some 4.4 percent of city students refused to take at least one of the state tests in the 2017-18 school year. Find your school’s opt-out rate.

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  18. education

    City Payments for Charter School Rent Set to Hit $80 Million

    That’s up from $52 million — a 54 percent increase. The public funds will cover the leases of 90 charter schools that operate in private spaces.

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  19. charter schools

    Success Academy ‘Dumped’ Elementary School Student at Precinct, Suit Charges

    A Brooklyn branch of the charter school also repeatedly suspended the special-needs youth and called child services to push him out, lawsuit claims.

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    ‘It’s Basically Jail’: Inside NYC’s School Suspension Centers

    Overall suspension rates have dropped under Mayor de Blasio. Yet lengthier out-of-school suspensions, disproportionately impact students of color.

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    Suspensions Drop 14% in Public Schools After Spike Last Year

    Meanwhile, city statistics also show that average suspension lengths fell 30 percent in the first half of the school year.

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