NYC moves toward inclusion for students with special needs

11/10/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

More students with special needs in New York City are educated in separate classrooms than in cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles, statistics show. A pilot program at a selection of city schools is providing extra training and support for teachers and principals as the schools move toward inclusion and other reforms, but some officials want to see some separate classes remain. "Inclusion for everyone is potentially not the right thing for some, because some kids may need more support," the city's chief academic officer, Shael Polakow-Suransky, said.

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