News in Brief: A National Roundup
Federal Officials to Probe Complaint Against N.Y.C. Small High Schools
The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to examine whether New York City’s small high schools discriminate against special education students and English-language learners.
In a letter dated June 7, the department’s office for civil rights wrote that it had reviewed documents about the allegations and found them to be “appropriate for complaint resolution activities.”
The letter came in response to a March 8 complaint filed with the department by the district’s Citywide Council on High Schools.
The elected group contends that the New York City Department of Education improperly excludes from the city’s new, small high schools students with disabilities who require self-contained classrooms, and English-learners who require bilingual education. ("Small Schools Under Big Fire," March 22, 2006.)
City education officials have said that small high schools often do not have the resources necessary to serve special education students and English-learners adequately when they first open, but would be equipped to do so within three years.
Vol. 25, Issue 42, Page 6
- Chief Information Officer and Special Projects Manager
- Randolph Public Schools, MA
- Superintendent of Schools
- Fremont County School District #14, Ethete, WY
- Richland School District One, Columbia, SC
- Fort Worth Independent School District, Forth Worth, TX
- Dean of Students
- Diman Regional Vocational-Technical High School, Fall River, MA