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  • Education department has failed special needs kids: judge

    Aug 29, 2018

    08.29.2018 | New York Post | The city is systematically failing its most medically fragile kids, a judge said Wednesday in blasting the Department of Education. Special needs children are forced to stay home for much of the school year — and sometimes longer — because a “cumbersome and counterintuitive bureaucracy” can’t coordinate their nursing and transportation services, Judge William Pauley III wrote in Manhattan. The judge issued his broadside against the DOE and new Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza in a decision ordering they face a lawsuit on behalf of four severely disabled children. The DOE had tried on technical grounds to wiggle out of the lawsuit, filed by Greenberg Traurig LLP and Advocates for Children of New York. While the suit names just four kids, “We’re claiming that the entire system is broken,” said Daniel Hochbaum of Advocates for Children. Read article