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Monday, March 18, 2019

Francine Almash was not especially surprised when an investigator from New York City’s child welfare agency showed up at her door. A few months earlier, her then-10-year-old son, Shawn, who is autistic, had been pinned to a wall by a crisis counselor in his special education classroom and come home with a broken thumb. Almash refused to send him back, and so the school called the State’s child abuse hotline to report her for neglecting Shawn’s education. What shocked Almash was not the phone... READ MORE >>

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The Metropolitan Parent Center (MPC) is one of only four Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIC) in all of New York State, providing information, training, and one-to-one support to families of children ages 0-26 with the full range of disabilities, and to the professionals who work with them. The MPC helps parents gain the skills and knowledge to help their children develop academic and functional skills that lead to independent productive adult lives.
Funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Metropolitan Parent Center is part of a nationwide network of Parent Training and Information Centers in the United States, as well as a member of the NYS Parent Center Network. READ MORE >>

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NYSED (that’s NYS Education Dept.) Board of Regents on improving special education outcomes in NYS

March 18, 2019

• Required for each State • Evaluates efforts to implement IDEA and describes how the State will make improvements • Includes baseline data, measurable and rigorous targets, and improvement activities for the 17 indicators • Reported to the USDE and published for the public State Performance Plan (SPP) • Annual report of the State’s performance in the SPP targets • Includes data, explanation of progress or slippage, and discussion of improvement activities • Reported to the USDE and published for the public Annual Performance Report (APR) • The State and school districts may be identified as Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention, or Needs Substantial Intervention in implementing the requirements of IDEA. Identifications of New York State and, Read Article