In an article yesterday on capitalnewyork.com, parents, advocates and educators slammed the New York Department of Education over special education issues in New York City at a City Council meeting. Much like Delaware, many parents want more oversight and reporting over special education matters, including when an IEP is denied by schools.
One father, Robert Randall, claims the DOE killed his son while the DOE’s attorneys were stalling over a school placement issue. Randall’s son Dylan needed a ventilator and a feeding tube, and the public school he went to refused to provide this life-saving service. Robert Randall wanted his son placed in a private school that would be able to accommodate his needs, but the NY DOE and their attorneys stalled this because of “funding issues”. Dylan passed away the day the decision was finally made to place him in a private school setting. This story, highlighted in the New York Times on July 27th of this year, can be found at this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/nyregion/28specialed.html?_r=0
Other issues brought up were the fact that only 7% of special education students passed the New York standardized tests last year, matters with dyslexia and autism, and legislation in regards to reporting requirements. From the article in Capitalnewyork.com:
The bill in question, Intro. 435, would mandate that the D.O.E. report much more data on its special education population each year. The bill calls on the department to report and make public information including demographic data on the special needs population in different areas of the city and with different disabilities; the types of evaluations made for special education students; data on how many students are getting the services they require, and other information.
More information on the city council meeting is in the article by Eliza Shapiro at: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/10/8555550/council-data-hearing-special-education-grievances-aired