2023 compliance updates
The new contract included two provisions regarding special education: establishing school-based Special Education Committees and annual trainings of all staff on special education rules and regulations each fall. These new rights and procedures will empower members with knowledge and help ensure that students with disabilities will receive an education based on their individual needs.
Annual Training on Special Education Laws and Regulations (MOA Paragraph 29)
The parties shall jointly create a training on special education rules and regulations, subject to approval by the Chancellor or designee. The training shall be provided to all staff each fall before or on Election Day. It shall be in-person and held at a time students are not in attendance. Staff who cannot attend the in-person training shall have access to a self-paced training.
- Special education compliance training deck
- Special education rules and reference list
- Fall 2023 rules and regulations webinar (video)
Special Education Committee – Non-District 75 Schools (MOA Paragraph 29)
Non-District 75 schools shall have a special education committee, selected by the UFT chapter leader. The committee shall meet with the principal in the spring and fall and as needed to discuss special education compliance issues, including but not limited to teacher and paraprofessional programming, and, if possible, resolving special education compliance issues at the school level.
Special Education Committee -District 75 Schools (MOA Paragraph 31)
In District 75 schools, the principal shall meet with the District 75 special education committee, once at the beginning and once at the end of each school year. The principal and the committee shall discuss (a) issues regarding available space and staffing at the main school and each cluster site to support students in crisis and (b) special education compliance issues, including but not limited to teacher and paraprofessional programming, and, if possible, resolving special education compliance issues at the school level. This committee may request assistance from the District Representative and the Superintendent as needed.