NYLPI Releases New Report: “A Crisis In Special Education” Details New York DOE’s Failure to Support Students Classified with Emotional Disability

November 28, 2023

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, News, Special Education, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program has released a new report regarding special education in New York titled, “A Crisis In Special Education: New York City’s Failure to Educate Students Classified with ‘Emotional Disability,’ A Proposal for Systemic Change.”

This comprehensive report covers the urgent need to correct systemic failures in the New York special education system, noting that by a wide margin, students of color from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are deprived of equal and meaningful access to appropriate educational opportunities and supports.

“Publicly available data spanning decades reveal that many students with an ED classification are placed in inappropriately restrictive settings and denied equal and meaningful access to educational opportunities and supports (including behavioral interventions and mental health services) to which they are entitled by law. Research also reveals that, despite publicly available evidence of the DOE’s systemic failure to properly locate, identify, classify, evaluate, assess eligibility for, classify, and support students assigned an ED classification, the DOE and NYC as a whole have failed to take the steps necessary to understand the extent of these failures, to explore potential solutions, and to modify their practices,” the report reads.

NYLPI is grateful for the generous pro bono support from our co-authors — member firms Kasowitz Benson & Torres LLP and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Read the full report here.

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