New deputy school chancellor says special education reform is a top priority

The New York City Department of Education's new deputy chancellor says she wants to "bring education talk back to education."

It has been a controversial two weeks for the department of education. First, Deputy Chancellor Diana Lam was forced to resign for securing a job for her husband at a Bronx school. Then, the much-debated social promotion policy received the green light. Now, Carmen Farina takes over Lam's post as new deputy chancellor. Carmen Farina's first focus will be reforming special education. Under the current structure, many special education programs are in one district, known as District 75. She wants to integrate students into inclusion classes. This means students with and without learning disabilities will all be getting extra help in the classroom.

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