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Complaints filed against the city Department of Education by parents of special education students have skyrocketed since 2014 — sparking a “crisis” that leaves some kids without essential service for months on end, a state-commissioned report found.

Confusion among principals and teachers about just what constitutes bullying is one reason New York City schools are not
doing enough to track incidents of bullying, harassment, and discrimination. Read Article

• 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 a

Which schools are providing all the right services for students with disabilities? How many pre-K students are going without the therapies they need? How often do students have their services begin only midyear? Read Article.

Lawmakers are looking to secure over $1 billion in the coming years for federal efforts to address the needs of people with autism, including additional support for adults on the spectrum.
A bill introduced late last week in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would reauthorize the nation’s primary autism legislation known as the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support, or Autism CARES, Act. 

A snapshot of thousands of caregivers across the country finds them overwhelmed by the demands of their loved ones with developmental disabilities and deeply concerned about the future.

In a survey of more than 3,000 caregivers, 95 percent said they were stressed out with nearly half describing themselves as very or extremely stressed.

The number of students receiving special education in the nation’s public schools is on the rise, according to a new federal report.

There were 6.7 million kids with disabilities in classrooms across the country during the 2015-2016 school year, accounting for 13.2 percent of all students.
That’s up from 6.6 million the year prior.

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OVERVIEW: A statewide autism training program to ensure appropriate recognition and response techniques for handling emergency situations involving people with autism and/or developmental disabilities has been established through the enacted 2018-19 State Budget.

The NYC Department of Education has released its annual report on special education. The following is from the introductory paragraph:
Nearly 50,000 New York City students were denied special education services to which they were legally entitled in the 2016–17 school year. That means that more than one-quarter of city children who were assigned specialized programs didn’t take part in them.