The under-enrollment of students with special needs at New York City's Orthodox Jewish day schools was discussed at a recent forum that drew about 170 parents and community members. "Why is it that Jewish kids are going to Catholic schools on the Upper West Side in one of the most densely populated Jewish cities? Why is it that 97 percent of children with Down syndrome are mainstreamed, but my child with Down syndrome has no option to be mainstreamed if we want a Jewish education?" one parent asked.

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