Students with disabilities
The tentative contract agreement comes after tense negotiations and concerns a strike would disrupt the first few weeks of the school year.
A strike could impact roughly 80,000 students across 4,400 bus routes in the five boroughs, according to city officials.
Advocacy group says $1.25 billion in new spending would address major gaps that have left many families frustrated.
The judge outlined 40 specific actions for the Department of Education to take, including assigning additional staffers to overdue cases.
The public health crisis paused state testing, impacting how the state typically evaluates schools.
Brooklyn’s P.S. 958 has an unusual mission: to serve any child in its surrounding community, including those with disabilities who often land in separate schools.
Programs have long struggled to provide all children with the services they need, as they are legally required to do.
With just a month until the school year ends, families are scrambling to find alternate summer programs for their children.
Boosting salaries and extending hours: NYC Council makes list of demands to improve public preschool programs
City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams blasted the mayor’s approach to early childhood education, describing the system as “broken” and “in full crisis mode.
Despite a pledge to stop relying on police to deal with students who have mental health episodes, New York City schools have continued to call 911 on kids in distress thousands of times a year, an investigation by THE CITY and ProPublica found.
In its third year, the program will again have 110,000 spots and will be open to any child in New York City — but there are a couple changes to the application process.
The education department’s spending per pupil has increased by 46%, in large part due to the billions in federal COVID aid the district received as enrollment has dipped.
In one significant change, students who are already attending one of the city’s hundreds of DYCD-run after-school programs will also receive priority for Summer Rising.
“It is unconscionable that the city has yet to fully close the gaps for immigrants with disabilities,” one advocate said.
Students with disabilities are disproportionately harmed by the hundreds of school buses delayed each day, New York City parents and advocates say. The bus driver shortage has only made things worse.
Lawsuit on behalf of NYC students with disabilities who lost services during the pandemic goes ahead
The case will head back to federal court after an appeals court ruled the case had been incorrectly dismissed.
State lawmakers required the panel to grow from 15 to 23 members, in hopes of bringing more parent voices to the body.
This final phase-in of Foundation Aid money “happens to occur in a year with the highest inflation rate since the formula began,” state education department officials said.
Mayor Eric Adams plans to open 800 new special education seats for New York City’s for 3- and 4-year-old children by this spring. Hundreds of kids have been waiting to get into programs that meet their needs.
Public schools are NYC’s main youth mental health system. Where kids land often depends on what their parents can pay.
Most kids labeled as having an “emotional disability” and shunted into public special education schools are Black or Latino, and low income — while wealthier families more often access a taxpayer-funded free private education.
At least 1,000 new students are expected to enroll in district schools, including preschool-aged children.
The eight-member expansion of the city’s education panel, which was passed under the original bill, will be delayed by five months.
Chalkbeat created a lookup tool examining changes to Fair Student Funding, a major source of funding for schools.
Getting real-world experience: High schoolers design a ‘life skills’ lab for students with disabilities
Students at the School of Design and Construction are partnering with IKEA to build a life skills learning lab for students with disabilities.
Schools will see less money in new budget deal, but Mayor Eric Adams says they’re not cuts. Instead, he sees the funding as reflecting the decreased student population.
As federal stimulus funding starts to wind down, school leaders are facing tough choices with declining budgets and enrollment.
The SEED program aims to help students who have sensory issues that are “dramatically impacting their school performance.”
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