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New York City falls short on special education planning

08.24.2020 | City & State | Maggie Moroff, the special education policy coordinator with the group Advocates for Children of New York, said that the city could be doing more. “It’s an outline of a plan,” Moroff said. “The concern is that there is just so much that nobody knows yet.” She said this is especially complicated for parents of special education students when it comes to scheduling services like occupational therapy.

Her group recently released a series of recommendations, including a request for information about student transportation, multiple options for in-person related services, assurance that all students have the technology needed for remote learning and small-group support for students struggling to read on days they are remote. “That literacy part is really key,” Moroff said. “Especially for the kids that are in the emergent reading years, if they were already struggling to learn how to read, this has wreaked havoc on their lives.” The Department of Education says it is currently exploring ways to expand literacy programs, using teachers trained to provide such education and training additional teachers to fill the role. Read article