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Thousands of City Children Not Getting Special Education Help

Tens of thousands of New York City public school children did not receive mandated special education services last year, the education department said in its annual report to the City Council on Wednesday, offering further evidence that eligible children are not getting the education the city is obligated to provide.

There are nearly 200,000 students in the city school system with individualized education plans, which means that they are supposed to get services for difficulties like speech impairments, emotional disturbance or learning disabilities. But many thousands of the children each year are not having their needs met.


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