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Topics in the News:
Feature stories | May 4, 2017 >>
PS 721, a District 75 school in Manhattan, held a rally to salute its very own Olympians — eight students who were part of the unified floor hockey team that beat China to win a bronze medal in the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria in March.
Chapter news | April 20, 2017 >>
In June 2016, the Regents created a new local diploma option for students with disabilities who did not meet graduation standards through the existing appeal and safety net options.
News briefs | April 6, 2017 >>
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22 that public schools must do more to accommodate students with disabilities in one of the most significant special education cases to reach the high court in decades.
Chapter news | March 28, 2017 >>
Schools are no longer required to request prior approval from the State Education Department to administer state assessments over multiple days. And beginning with the 2017 test administration, students with disabilities who have the “tests read” accommodation on their individualized education programs (IEPs) or Section 504 accommodation plans (504 plans) must be provided with this accommodation for all sections of the test.
News stories | March 2, 2017 >>
Students and staff at PS 32 in Great Kills, Staten Island, performed a new version of Snow White written and directed by one of the school's paraprofessionals.
Editorials | February 2, 2017 >>
The six million students with disabilities in public schools around the country will suffer the most if Betsy DeVos expands for-profit charters and private-school vouchers nationwide.
News briefs | January 5, 2017 >>
Students with disabilities will have an easier time requesting accommodations during tests, starting on Jan. 1.
Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>
In most classrooms, you’ll find one or two teachers. In Alexandra Hernandez’s classroom, there are 16.
News stories | January 5, 2017 >>
Students with reading disabilities will now have a chance to demonstrate what they know on New York State English Language Arts assessments, thanks to a new state policy that will allow the entire test — not just directions — to be read aloud to them.
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
The UFT and the DOE on Nov. 18 signed an agreement that addresses the challenging working conditions that speech teachers have faced when documenting their work with children with speech and language delays in the SESIS system.
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
The DOE on Nov. 18 agreed to provide $33 million in back pay to thousands of UFT members who have spent many hours outside their regular workday since Jan. 1, 2013 logging student data onto the DOE's SESIS system.
News | November 22, 2016 >>
In accordance with federal law, the programs and services in a student’s IEP — which may include special education programs (e.g. Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classes) — are legally mandated.
Q&A on the Memorandum of Agreement between the DOE and the UFT on Medicaid reimbursement for speech and language services
Q & A on the issues | November 14, 2016 >>
See questions and answers on the Nov. 18, 2016 memorandum of agreement between the DOE and the UFT on SESIS issues and Medicaid reimbursement for speech and language services.
Inside my classroom | November 3, 2016 >>
The K–2 students in my self-contained 6:1:1 class love our morning meetings.
Vperspective | November 3, 2016 >>
The centrally funded IEP teacher role has been reenvisioned to focus on identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation.
News stories | November 3, 2016 >>
At the UFT’s prodding, the city and the Department of Education have finally moved to upgrade the troubled SESIS system to stem both the ongoing loss of over $300 million a year in Medicaid reimbursement for student services and to address the thousands of UFT member complaints that have poured in since the system was launched five years ago.
Know your rights | November 3, 2016 >>
Here are some important things to know if you work with students with disabilities.
Teacher to teacher | September 8, 2016 >>
Here’s what I learned in my first year of co-teaching about building and sustaining a productive and positive relationship.
Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>
Everything in Yvon Milien’s architecture class at the Brooklyn School for Career Development in Brooklyn is designed and constructed by his students, from the landscapes to the buildings to the miniature artwork inside small-scale models.
Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>
Twelve teachers and 58 special-needs students worked together to bring their standing-room-only production of the hit musical “The Lion King” to the stage of P4 in Fresh Meadows on June 2.