In NYC a councilman recently launched an effort to transfer oversight of special education from New York City's Department of Education to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a move the Center strongly believes is not in the best interest of students with disabilities. Paul O'Neill, the Center’s Senior Fellow, made the case in an oped published by the Brooklyn Eagle. Let us know what you think and share the story with your networks:
A few weeks ago, New York City Council member Andy King introduced a resolution calling on city, state and federal officials to transfer oversight of special education from the City’s Department of Education to its Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
He claims that this step is needed because the DOE has chronically failed at providing and managing special education services for the roughly 200,000 students in New York City who are in need of them.
To be clear, many children with disabilities are badly underserved, and special education is a constant challenge in New York and everywhere else.
But this is a terrible, half-baked idea.
Read the full commentary here and leave the Brooklyn Eagle a comment to tell them what you think!