Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NYS Faces Growing Special Ed Challenges

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Department of Education faces a daunting challenge in accommodating a large and growing population of special needs students, statistics in an Independent Budget Office report released Tuesday revealed.
The report found there were 183,850 special education students, constituting 18.1 percent of the total student population in D.O.E. public schools during the 2012-13 academic year, the most recent year for which data is available.
The percentage of special education students has risen every year since 2009, when the I.B.O. started collecting information on public school demographics.

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