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Thousands of students still wait for special education services or don’t receive them at all, city figures reveal

11.01.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Just 59 percent of students received the full range of services required on their individualized education programs, or IEPs, compared with 60 percent the previous school year. And 33 percent, or roughly 58,000 students, received only partial services — down from 35 percent. The number of students who received no services, despite being recommended for them, rose from 5 to 8 percent, or almost 14,000 students. “That’s really disheartening,” said Maggie Moroff, a special education policy expert at Advocates for Children. “But I think it’s also a big wake-up call. The fact that they’re doing the reporting and that it’s public and people are looking at it is a good thing.” Read article