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Lawsuit: Special Ed Students Lost Services Due to Computer System Failure

A city-wide system designed to track students with disabilities and help the city get reimbursed for their services has been a failure, said advocate Letitia James, in a lawsuit against the city’s Department of Education. According to papers filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday, the system is prone to malfunctions, including deleting saved […]

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From Broadway, With Love

Dan Pettrota is a math teacher at World Journalism Prep, who stepped down from the Broadway stage to enter the classroom through the New York City Teaching Fellows.

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Equal Opportunity: Raising the Bar for Students with Disabilities

As the city continues to roll out its special education reform, teachers wonder if the elimination of “safety net” graduation provisions will negatively impact students with special needs.

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Union Wins $38 Million Settlement with Special Education Staff

The city’s tangled data entry system cost teachers hours of mind-numbing number punching

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The Over-Billing by a New York Special Ed Pre-K Private Contractor Points to a Larger Problem in Sector Funding and Regulation

Bilingual SEIT, a New York City special ed pre-K provider lost its contract with the NYC Department of Education after years of misusing funds and providing poor service, reports the New York Times. The company, which provides services to pre-schoolers with developmental disabilities, billed more than $17 million in the 2011-2012 school year to the […]

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Using the iPad in Special Education

At the Manhattan Children’s Center on the Upper West Side, Christopher, 9, sits at a desk in front of his teacher and an iPad. Diagnosed with autism, Christopher has difficulty communicating. He makes high-pitched sounds, almost like crying, to get his feelings across to his teacher. But today, with the iPad and an application for […]

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States Wonder How to Evaluate Special-Ed Teachers

In this new age of teacher evaluations, how can you measure the effectiveness of a special-education instructor? The majority of special-education teachers believe that standardized testing, a common method for evaluating general-education teachers, would be an ineffective tool to measure their performance. New York, Florida and Illinois are actively researching the best possible way to […]

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When Two Teachers are Better than One

Classes co-taught by special and general education teachers have increased in the city over the last five years.

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At Selective Schools Parents Protest Special Education Seats

At Intermediate School 187/Christa McAuliffe, parents are protesting the requirement that all schools admit the same proportion of special education students. I.S. 187 is a school where students take an entrance exam and parents say that special education students will take seats from children who score higher on the test.

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