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  1. class action

    Special Education Complaint Delays Spark Federal Lawsuit

    State and city education officials have “acted with deliberate or reckless indifference” to students’ plight, parents charge in class action case.

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  2. education

    What NYC’s Departing Special Education Chief Learned on the Job

    Corinne Rello-Anselmi oversaw a shift toward including students with disabilities in mainstream classes, a process some schools struggled to embrace.

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  3. education

    Why Your Child’s Birth Month Matters in NYC School Assessments

    NYC students born in November and December are classified with learning disabilities at higher rates, suggesting a disadvantage for youngest in class.

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  4. education

    New York City Has a New Special Education Chief

    A 17-year veteran of the education department, Christina Foti is now responsible for some 230,000 students classified as having special needs.

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  5. pre-k

    Nearly 2,000 Students With Special Needs Facing Preschool Lockout This Spring

    Years of insufficient state funding and closure of private pre-K programs cited among reasons for looming shortage of special education slots.

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  6. checked out

    Background Backlog Leaves Students Without After-Care, Special Ed. Teachers

    A massive backlog of background check requests to New York City’s Department of Health means many teachers are sitting and waiting to work.

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  7. bill's bills

    Mayor’s $95.3 Billion Proposed Budget Adds Costs, Not Programs

    Despite no new big-ticket items, Bill de Blasio’s no-frills fiscal plan piles on $3.1 billion personnel and other costs as state money woes loom.

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  8. schools

    State Could Ease Requirements for Officers Hearing Special Education Cases

    To help clear over 10,000 backlogged cases, New York state officials are considering eliminating requirement of law license — and upping pay.

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  9. education

    New Dyslexia Risk Screening at Two Brooklyn Schools — For $2,000

    Teachers assessing all first- and second-graders to identify learning challenges gets trial run, after bill to impose statewide testing stalled.

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  10. reading

    These Moms Couldn’t Find Schools for Dyslexia, So They Want to Start Their Own

    Four mothers who have faced reading challenges with their kids are vying to open a public elementary school of their own in Manhattan.

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  11. children

    Access to Child Services Linked to Race, Neighborhood and Income, Analysis Finds

    Analysis of data obtained by Measure of America and THE CITY finds kids in South Bronx and Harlem least likely to get Early Intervention evaluations.

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  12. education

    Small Set of City Hearing Officers Deluged With Special Ed Complaints

    As of last month, 12 hearing officers alone were handling a combined caseload of 5,065 — more than half the citywide total.

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  13. education

    Special Education Cases Face ‘Alarming’ Delays as Kids Wait for Help

    Only five hearing officers are set to handle hundreds of new complaints — violating “the civil rights of students with disabilities,” lawyers charge.

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  14. schools

    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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  15. schools

    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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  16. schools

    Rising School Bus Woes Plague Special Needs Students

    Our analysis found an average of 500 delays a day in the first weeks of classes. Parents describe marathon trips and bizarre detours.

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  17. special education

    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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  18. special report

    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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  19. special education

    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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  20. back to school

    Thousands of Special Education Students Missed Nearly Two Months of School

    New analysis shows some 26,000 students with disabilities missed 36 days or more of school in a year. Advocates say the kids need more support.

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  21. haul monitors

    DOE Tardy on Installing GPS in School Buses by Opening Day

    City Council legislation passed in January requires GPS systems in all 9,500 yellow buses, with real-time data for parents, by the first day of class.

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  22. math lesson

    Only Nine Hearing Officers for 9,695 Special Education Cases

    The more than 1-to-1,000 ratio highlights what parents and advocates say is a broken complaint system that delays services to special-needs kids.

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  23. special report

    Parents Sacrifice Savings and Careers in Fight for Special Education Services

    A slow, bureaucratic system for resolving complaints over a lack of special education services frustrates many, hitting low-income families hardest.

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  24. 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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  25. overwhelmed

    Surge of Complaints by Parents of Special Education Students Sparks ‘Crisis’

    A 51% hike in grievance filings has contributed to delays in getting some kids key services, a state-commissioned report obtained by THE CITY found.

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  26. your money

    New Spending Boosts Budget That Mayor Touts as Thrifty

    Mayor Bill de Blasio proposes $916 million in spending cuts over two years, while adding $1.47 billion in new spending since his February plan

    your money