Top Schools Told To Beef Up Inclusion
Some of New York City’s most prized public schools are strikingly devoid of students with disabilities. Now the city’s top education official is looking to force change.
In an email to principals at top high schools, Dennis Walcott, chancellor of the city’s Department of Education, said the schools must increase the number of students with disabilities to the level seen at other area high schools. If the schools don’t act, Walcott said the district would do it for them.
The move comes as enrollment of those with special needs at 11 elite high schools numbered three or fewer students last year.
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Students must apply for admission at several New York high schools. It’s unclear if low enrollment of students with disabilities is because such students aren’t applying or because they are not being admitted, reports the New York Daily News. To read more click here.