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special ed

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 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.

What I do | July 7, 2016 >>

Valencia Edwards has spent her 16-year career at the Lorge School, a non-public special education school in Chelsea with students who range in age from 5 to 21.

Chapter news | May 4, 2016 >>

Here are some of the questions members have asked at meetings. The answers should help you to better understand your rights and responsibilities.

Chapter news | May 4, 2016 >>

Minutes of the May 4, 2016 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

UFT members who had questions about Integrated Co-Teaching classes now have a blueprint of rules and protocols that schools should follow in serving students with disabilities.

Q & A on the issues | January 25, 2016 >>

The UFT, the DOE and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators crafted this FAQ to help with special education issues.

News | January 22, 2016 >>

The summer calendar has now been posted for Chapter 683, a District 75 program that provides year-round instruction to severely disabled District 75 students.

Chapter news | January 20, 2016 >>

Minutes of the January 20, 2016 consultation meeting of the UFT and NYC Department of Education.

Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>

Elizabeth Bonney is willing to try many things to figure out what will help the students in her self-contained special education class at PS 88 in Ridgewood learn — including a monthly visit from Sammy, a therapy dog.

Vperspective | January 7, 2016 >>

The No. 1 special education issue in schools is pressure to fit students into the programs and services that are available in the school even if the programs and services did not meet the student’s needs.

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