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Reforming Urban Special Education


by Lauren Katzman, Joanne Karger & Thomas Hehir — December 21, 2005

The authors of this commentary were hired by the New York City Department of Education at the request of the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the Jose P. litigation to conduct an independent evaluation of the Department's recent special education reorganization. We found that the reorganization has moved special education in New York City in positive directions; however, we also identified a number of significant challenges that remain. We hope that the results of this evaluation will provide guidance to other school districts struggling to meet the legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 21, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12267, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 8:19:47 PM

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  • Lauren Katzman
    Boston University
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    Dr. LAUREN KATZMAN is an associate professor in the Special Education program at Boston University. Her research has focused on students with disabilities' perspectives of the effects of high-stakes testing. She has conducted evaluations of state and district implementation of IDEA and provides professional development to school districts to support their move to a more inclusive environment. Katzman was herself a special education teacher for 14 years.
  • Joanne Karger
    Harvard Graduate School of Education
    JOANNE KARGER, J.D., is an advanced doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on special education law and policy. She has worked on a number of lawsuits involving disability and education related issues and currently provides consulting services to school districts and nonprofit organizations on the administration of special education policies and procedures.
  • Thomas Hehir
    Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Dr. THOMAS HEHIR is Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of the School Leadership Program. He is the former Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education Programs, under the Clinton administration. He previously served as Associate Superintendent for Special Education and Pupil Support Services for the Chicago Public Schools and Director of Special Education for the Boston Public Schools.
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