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Topics in the News:
Learning curve | October 5, 2017 >>
The ASD Nest model is designed to “nest” children with autism in fully inclusive classrooms.
Chapter news | October 3, 2017 >>
The DOE advised us that SESIS payments for OT/PTs will be issued as scheduled on Friday, Oct. 6. But the DOE just informed us that it is being done as a supplementary payment, which is why you do not yet see it in the payroll portal.
News | September 28, 2017 >>
UFT-represented employees who averaged more than five minutes per week of SESIS use between January 2013 and June 2016 will receive payment for their work in SESIS on the Sept. 29 payroll (for in-service employees on the Q bank) or the Oct. 6 payroll (for in-service employees on the H bank). Retirees will receive their check via a supplementary payoll.
News | September 11, 2017 >>
The following FAQ answers the most common questions that UFT members have about the $33 million being paid to members for SESIS work as a result of the settlement of a union arbitration.
News stories | September 7, 2017 >>
The Department of Education will pay out $33 million in compensation this fall to 37,000 UFT members who had to put up with the headaches and frustration of logging data about students with disabilities into the Special Education Student Information System because of the DOE’s failure to address the digital tracking system’s flaws.
Feature stories | June 1, 2017 >>
Bright blue glow-sticks lit up the evening sky as 800 students, parents and community members circled the PS/MS 124 track in South Ozone Park, Queens at the Light It Up Blue Autism Walk on April 28.
What I do | June 1, 2017 >>
Liz Galvin at PS 46 on Staten Island is tasked with identifying and addressing learning issues before students are referred for evaluation for special education.
Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>
Nine students were honored alongside the educators who had helped them become successful at the Queens District 75 Public School Proud celebration on April 27.
Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>
Colorful art and creative projects lined the walls of the union’s Shanker Hall this year for the union’s 11th annual Better Speech and Hearing Month celebration on May 11.
A Bronx pair perfects the art of co-teaching. What makes their partnership successful?
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.
Those with disabilities today have “a world of opportunity ahead of them,” said Dr. Mary McInerney, the principal of the Richard H. Hungerford School on Staten Island, speaking of people like Marianna Pastena, a graduate of the District 75 school and now a paraprofessional there.
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.