Local congressman releases report on city's special education, calls for changes

(10/10/04) SOUNDVIEW - Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn, Queens) is calling for changes on how the city is handling special education. He recently released a report on the subject.

According to Weiner's report, since New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's reorganization of special ed last April, there has been a backlog of students who are still waiting to find out whether they will be placed in special education. The study also says students needing special services have been forced to wait longer than the legal time limit of 60 days.

Deputy Schools Chancellor Carmen Ferigna has given the approval for principals and teachers to provide services for special needs even before an evaluation takes place.

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