special education

Panel preps parents for changes to special ed
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 9/09/2012 at 2:05PM

Perturbed parents, unsure about the newly instated special education reform, finally got some answers. Parents and education experts gathered at the offices of the Community District Education Council 30 (CDEC30) in Long Island City on Wednesday, August 29 to discuss the special education reform that kicked off at the start of this school year. According [...]

Mixed feelings on Special Education Reform
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 6/10/2012 at 9:28AM

Iris Rivera fears for the future of her son Nicholas’ education. The fourth-grade student, struggling with a learning disability, will matriculate with rest of the city’s student body through the upcoming Special Education Reform, set to roll out this fall. According to a representative from the Department of Education (DOE), beginning in September, kindergarten, sixth [...]

So you want to have ‘inclusion’
Opinion Billy Rennison 6/01/2012 at 5:00PM

BY ANDREW BAUMANN Since I can remember, the state’s Department of Education has always talked about “LRE,” or Least Restrictive Environment. The days of special education students being secluded into one building are just about gone. With more and more opportunities for each child to reach his fullest potential, doesn’t it make sense that we [...]

Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks about Turnaround, special ed reform at forum
Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks about Turnaround, special ed reform at forum
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 5/23/2012 at 12:12PM

Concerned parents spoke out about special education reform, set to sweep the city this fall, at a recent Community Education Council 27 forum featuring Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott. While the hot topic dominated most of the evening’s conversation at M.S. 137 in Ozone Park, parents, teachers and administrators inquired about a gamut [...]

DOE Chancellor addresses education concerns
News Alexa Altman 5/16/2012 at 12:06PM

The auditorium at MS 137 filled with parents, teachers and administrators, clamoring to ask Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott questions about the future of their children’s education on Tuesday, May 15. Inquiries for the evening included childhood obesity, progress reports and Turnaround. One of the most heated topics discussed at the event was [...]