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New York City's Special Education Reform

 

One page overview for families about the reform (Updated for School Year 2013-2014)

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Background on the Special Education Reform

The Department of Education is making significant improvements in the way we deliver services to students with disabilities. The goals of this reform are:

  • to close the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities;
  • to provide increased access to and participation in the general education curriculum; and
  • to empower all schools to have greater curricular, instructional, and scheduling flexibility to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities.

The Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support is supporting this transformation by providing professional development and creating instructional supports and tools, while working to achieve the necessary operational changes. If you have questions or concerns about the reform, please contact the team at your school or email specialeducationreform@schools.nyc.gov.