Adult education programs and social services provide parents and caregivers with the skills and resources they need to improve their lives. These schools serve students with disabilities, offering programs for those whose educational needs cannot be met in public school settings. New York City is home to one of the most racially and ethnically diverse public school populations in the United States. However, the deep-seated racial and socioeconomic segregation of the city's schools has been the subject of increasing attention. For the past two years, the New York Department of Education (DOE) has made promoting school diversity a central pillar of its agenda.
Schools across the country, including those in New York City, face a major challenge in their relationship with greater social inequalities. Families who are enrolled in private or religious schools in New York City may be eligible to receive special education services from the DOE. This issue is further complicated by racial and economic segregation in schools and neighborhoods. If you live outside of New York City and your child is enrolled in a private or religious school within the city, the IEP team can develop a Service Plan (SP).The Legal Aid Society of New York City's Educational Rights Project works to represent hundreds of New York City schoolchildren each year in disciplinary and special education procedures, as well as to identify and challenge the school-to-prison process in immigrant communities and communities of color.
If your child is determined to be eligible for special education services while living in New York City, the IEP team will develop an Individualized Educational Services Program (IESP).