OU Advocacy’s Jake Adler to NY City Council Education Committee: Support DOE Special Education Reform

29 Oct 2014

In his testimony before the New York City Council Education Committee and the Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools, Jake Adler, OU Advocacy’s New York City Director of Political Affairs, urged the City Council to consider even greater reforms for New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) in how it manages its special education services than those included in Proposed Intro 435.

Proposed Intro 435 would require the DOE to submit an annual report to City Council about its special education services, which would include information about evaluations, referrals, placements and compliance.

“I believe that proposed Intro 435 is a necessary first step toward ensuring that the promises that were made to the City’s parents are kept and that our Council retains its vital role of oversight,” testified Mr. Adler. “Only through Council oversight can we ensure an equitable resolution to the concerns at the DOE and reinstate confidence in the DOE for New York’s special needs community.”

Read the full press release on the OU Advocacy website.