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City releases limited data about impact of special ed changes

03.14.2013 | Gotham Schools | "From what I am seeing here it looks like there are positive trends — but I’m not seeing everything here that I want to," said Maggie Moroff, who heads the ARISE Coalition of advocates. In January, Moroff submitted a Freedom of Information Law request to the Department of Education, asking for 25 kinds of information about the effects of the special education reforms.

Moroff said ARISE and Advocates for Children, which hosts the coalition, hear regularly from parents who are dissatisfied with their children’s placement under the reforms. But she said those cases might very well be extreme. "It’s hard for us to analyze based on the families we talk to,” Moroff said. “We really want to see more complete data."  Read article