Sunday, March 27, 2022

Latest Talk out of School: How parents can navigate the frustrating special education system in NYC public schools


On the latest Talk out of School podcast, aired on WBAI on Saturday, I gave a brief summary of the very eventful week just past.  

Then I interviewed to Jennifer Choi and Rachel Ford, NYC parents and co-founders of Special Support Services, about what happened to kids with special needs last year during the height of the pandemic, how parents can navigate the complex and frustrating system in NYC to better ensure that their children with disabilities receive the services they  are legally entitled to, and what suggestions they have for changing the overall NYC system, which has frustrated so many parents with long delays. 

Some resources we mentioned are below;  past episodes of Talk out of School are here.


Class Size Matters report shows significant declines in citywide class sizes that will increase once again if Mayor’s budget cuts are made, March 20, 2022

Class Size Matters testimony at the Council education budget hearings, March 21, 2022 

COVID Case Counts More Than Doubled in Public Schools Since Last Month, DOE Data Shows, The City, March 23, 2022

NYC education panel breaks with city to reject $82M contract,  NY Post, March 24, 2022

Personal data of 820,000 NYC students compromised in hack, NY Post, March 26, 2022

Special Support Services website

NYC DOE Special Education Standard Operating Procedures Manual   

NYC DOE IEP Translation Unit

How To Make Parent Support line P311 Work For Your Child

Jennifer Choi testimony at NYS Senate & Assembly hearings on School Governance,  March 4, 2022

Surge of complaints by parents of special education students sparks ‘crisis’, Chalkbeat, May  28, 2019 

NYC vows to address special education failures detailed in state review. But will their reforms go far enough?, Chalkbeat, July 9, 2019 

NYC Special Education Complaint Backlog Grows — Even as Some Hearing Officers Twiddle Thumbs, The City, Nov. 15, 2021

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