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NYSED "urges" school districts to develop strategies to support special education students

Parents, advocates and legislators met Wed. 5/26 to develop strategies to support these students. Assembly Members Abinanti and Miller led the group, sharing conversations that they had that day with Education Commissioner Rosa on NYSED's responsibility to increase action on the direction that they clearly shared with all  superintendents in New York State. NYS PTA Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky expressed strong support for this action, and promised to continue her conversations with Commissioner Rosa in order to help parents and students. 
 
Parents who have children in special education who are exiting at 21 and have not received FAPE due to COVID-19 impact on educational services should contact Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Abinanti's Chief of Staff  directly and immediately at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
 
The  NYSED 4/13/2021 to  NYS Superintendents memo regarding 21+ exiting students  states:
 
"We must do everything possible to continue to support our most vulnerable students and their families through these incredibly challenging times.  As we stressed to you last school year, giving these young adults that have worked so hard for so long the opportunity to complete their schooling and transition to the next step in their lives will benefit them, their families, and the communities in which they live and work – this is what they deserve and again we urge you to offer them this opportunity."
 

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