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Thousands of special education students missed nearly two months of school

08.28.2019 | THE CITY | Dawn Yuster, director of Advocates for Children’s School Justice Project, called the data “alarming” but “not surprising” because of a shortage of mental health and emotional supports for students in schools. She accused the Department of Education of not prioritizing services, pointing out that there are more NYPD school safety agents — about 5,500 — than psychologists, guidance counselors and social workers in the public schools, according to elected officials. “We see this in our case work all the time where sadly students have [educational plans] that show they’re not receiving evidence-based academic and social-emotional supports, and they end up getting totally disenchanted with school,” said Yuster. “Some of them have anxiety and don’t go to school because they’re not doing well academically.” Read article