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After 41 SESIS errors over two hours, a special-ed teacher joins a push for reform

When her son was in pre-kindergarten, Tiffany Zerges asked the city to find out whether he had a disability and to come up with a plan to serve him. “Although by law we were allowed a response to our request within 60 days,” Zerges said at a special-education forum this week, “60 days came and went, then 90, then 120 days.”

Juntan fuerzas por los estudiantes de educación especial en NYC

Hace 15 días, un estudio del Departamento de Educación evidenció que 40% de los estudiantes con necesidades especiales en el sistema educativo de la Ciudad de Nueva York nunca recibe los beneficios de los programas a su disposición. ¿Por qué? Organizaciones comunitarias, padres y maestros tienen la respuesta.

Parents and educators call on de Blasio to improve services for disabled students

More than 300 parents, educators, and activists called on Mayor de Blasio to improve services for disabled city students at a Monday night rally at Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan.

Fariña’s confession: The Department of Education admits it has miles to go to fix special education

Speaking to Chancellor Carmen Fariña at two Daily News forums almost a year ago, parent after parent reported that schools had failed to deliver special education services for their children or had come through only after months of effort.

Cuomo and de Blasio can team up for kids

Two recent reports shed light on tangible progress and daunting problems in our city’s schools — and point the way for joint action by Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo. Can the state’s two most powerful leaders manage to work together for the good of kids?

Fariña: System overhaul will improve special-ed issues

The coming school-system overhaul will improve special education services for students, Chancellor Carmen Fariña promised Monday night.

Parents, education workers express concerns about NYC schools at 'Fight for Their Future' forum

The mother of a 5-year-old boy with special needs, Patterson quit her job to devote herself to getting her child the best education possible. She started a business called “Decoding Special Needs” and carries binders of information with her to meetings with Education Department officials to discuss her son’s Individualized Education Program, or IEP. She complains veteran DOE decision makers for IEP fail to show up to meetings and that, when they do, they are often unaware of what services are available.

Carmen Fariña answers tough questions about NYC schools at ‘Fight for Their Future’ forum

Parents, teachers and concerned education advocates packed the room Monday night at a “Fight for Their Future” forum attended by city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. About a half-dozen parents selected by the co-hosts, the Daily News and Metro IAF, a community group, questioned the boss of the nation’s largest school system about the real-life issues families face in the public schools.

Q&A with Carmen Fariña from the town hall forum on city schools

Carmen Fariña answered questions from parents and educators at a town hall forum Thursday night. Here are a few of the topics covered: Q: “Can we get more counselors to help troubled students in our schools?” — Leton Hall, Bronx, teacher at Mott Hall Science and Technology Academy

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña takes questions from parents, educators at packed Bronx forum

From a mother's worries over failing schools to a teacher’s push for mental health services, the city schools boss opened her inbox to more than 500 concerned parents and educators at a packed town hall forum Thursday in the Bronx.


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