Special Education Class Action Lawsuit:
- On Wednesday, a class action lawsuit was filed against the NYC Department of Education claiming that the Department has failed to comply with state and federal laws that require special education students to receive transitional and vocational services and training to help them succeed after high school.
- Transitional services are intended to help improve the academic and practical skills of students with disabilities to allow them to transition from secondary school to higher education, employment, or independent living.
- One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is a 16-year-old high school student in Brooklyn. He claims that he did not receive the proper vocational assessments and training to prepare him for life after high school graduation. His parents received the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and saw that there was no course of action for their son for after graduation.
- The Department of Education is working with the families of the lawsuit to make sure that the students get all of the tools and resources they need. In a statement, the Department of Education said that it is “committed to providing the services our students need to thrive in and out of the classroom.”
- To read the complaint, click here. To see New York State Education Department transition requirements and guidelines, click here.
Domestic Violence On the Rise in NYCHA Buildings:
- Last month the City Council’s Public Housing Committee released a report stating that the number of domestic violence incidents in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments have doubled since 2009.