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A Two-Tiered System: Families Who Can’t Afford Private Evaluations Struggle to Secure Special Ed Services

October 31, 2019

By: Yoav Gonen, The City, Alex Zimmerman

Source: Chalkbeat

Neifi Jorge entered his Bronx high school barely reading at a second-grade level, struggling to identify words like “stove” and “behind.”

Though the Tremont youth had a special education plan, known as an individualized education program or IEP, since the second grade, it had repeatedly been changed to lower the requirements for advancing to the next grade.

At the start of high school, it only listed two goals based on the school’s evaluation of his needs — neither of which related to reading.

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