New York’s special- needs community won a long-standing fight last month, when Mayor Bill de Blasio — in an “about face” from the Bloomberg administration — announced an end to the horror faced by too many children with special needs and their parents at the hands of the city’s Department of Education.
Good Afternoon, Just a couple of hours ago, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS and Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), celebrated a groundbreaking achievement for New York City families with special needs children. We are proud to have worked and … Continued
OU Advocacy’s work with New York state legislators promoting Special Ed legislation culminated with today’s announcement by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of sweeping changes within the New York City Department of Education (DOE) for families with children with special needs.
In answer to an unprecedented advocacy effort that included thousands of schoolchildren, hundreds of union members and groups that represented hundreds of non-public schools, state leaders gave assurances that the Education Investment Tax Credit would be included in the state budget approved at the end of March.
Following Passover, OU Advocacy-NY and its coalition partners are coordinating several Schools in Session meetings between New York State Assembly Members and Senators and Jewish day schools in their districts. Each meeting includes a tour of the school facility for … Continued