Thursday, August 14, 2014

New York City Schools Struggle to Keep Up with Special-Education Overhaul

NEW YORK — From the moment they met him, the staff at School of the Future were concerned about Joseph.The incoming sixth-grader had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, another behavioral disorder, and a learning disability, which became apparent last year when they interviewed him and reviewed his academic records.The educators at the public school in Gramercy Park are known for their prowess at integrating students with disabilities into general-education classes, and at first they tried that approach with Joseph. They placed him in a mixed class with typical and disabled students headed by two teachers, gave him modified assignments, sent him to small-group reading sessions, and dispatched a seasoned special educator to work with him.None of it was enough.

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