Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Tuesday announced a package of administrative changes that will streamline the education enrollment process for parents of children with special needs.
Overall, the changes– which were developed in consultation with Speaker Silver and the New York State Assembly– will make the process easier and less contentious for parents who are entitled to reimbursement of tuition for their child’s special education needs outside of public schools.
“For years, parents of children with special needs have had to wait for the City to settle legitimate claims for tuition reimbursement,” said de Blasio. “Today, we are turning the page, making changes that will ease the burden on these parents. We are cutting red tape, speeding up the process, and reaching outcomes that do right by families.”
“Each and every child in this state is entitled to a sound, basic education. Unfortunately, our public school system is not always able to accommodate children with special education needs, and many parents must turn to non-public school,” said Silver.
“This is a great victory for our special needs children and their hardworking families.”
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