New York Schools Told To Improve Inclusion
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 17, 2003
ALBANY, NEW YORK--State education officials have told dozens of school districts that they need to stop keeping so many students in specialized, segregated settings, the Albany Times Union reported Saturday.
Schools that have 6 percent or more of their special education students spend 60 percent or more of their day away from regular classrooms have been told to come up with plans to show how they will improve the situation.
Officials note that there would be no punitive actions against districts that do not meet the state's goal of reducing the rate to the national average of 4 percent.
Educators at some of the targeted districts disputed the state's numbers. One special education director called the numbers for his school a "data glitch".
Others defended the practice of sending students with disabilities to separate buildings, claiming it provides for more individualized instruction.
"State tells schools to step up inclusion" (Albany Times Union)