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Study: High Quality Matters More Than Specific Model for Preschoolers with Autism

July 18, 2013 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Christina Samuels

A comparison of two well-known interventions for young children with autism, LEAP and TEACCH, has found that both of them produce gains among students during the school year—and so does high-quality classroom instruction that is not tied to any particular model. The findings suggest that common elements of good classroom instruction, including an orderly classroom environment,…

New York Moves to Require Audits of Preschool Special-Education Contractors

June 25, 2013 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
David M. Halbfinger

The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved a bill last week that would require audits of every special-education prekindergarten contractor by 2018.

Preschool Autism Program Enlists Classmates to Teach Social Skills

June 24, 2013 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Sarah D. Sparks

One fledgling early-childhood initiative is finding that getting classmates involved in assisting peers who have autism can help boost the social skills of all children in the classroom. The Learning Experiences Alternative Program for Preschoolers and their Parents, or LEAP, immerses children with spectrum disorders into classes with typically developing children who have been trained in…

Chicago Faulted on Learning Disabilities

January 7, 2013 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Motoko Rich

In a complaint filed on Monday with the Illinois State Board of Education, a nonprofit advocacy group says that thousands of children are in Rashaan’s position because the Chicago Public Schools have repeatedly failed to evaluate children with disabilities and move them into special education preschool programs. Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,…

State oversight of preschool special education ‘inadequate’

December 18, 2012 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Jessica Bakeman

The state comptroller’s office and education department called on each other Tuesday to more thoroughly investigate preschool special-education providers following recent instances of fraud.

Lawmaker pitches state-funded preschool proposal

September 19, 2012 AccessEconomics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
Lisa Schencker

At-risk kids » Program would focus on students bound for special education classes.

Preschool special education trade group calls for more state audits and penalties

August 22, 2012 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
David M. Halbfinger

Confronting reports of skyrocketing costs and outright fraud in New York State’s preschool special education system, a group of companies that provide services to children with disabilities is calling for mandatory new audits, clearer regulations and a strict code of conduct with tough penalties for violators.

Editorial: Oversight for preschool special education

July 16, 2012 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
The New York Times

New York State’s program of special education services to prekindergarten children with learning, developmental or other disabilities clearly needs stronger oversight. The program has been beset by rising costs, conflicts of interest and outright fraud in private companies providing these services.

Cost of prekindergarten special education is soaring

June 5, 2012 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
David M. Halbfinger

New York City is paying private contractors more than $1 billion this year to operate a little-known special education program for 3- and 4-year-olds, nearly double the amount it paid six years ago.

Autistic teacher praised for work with students

May 21, 2012 AccessQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationWorkforce
Nina Moini

Next year the school district is adding four new programs for exceptional education services at Heights Elementary, Tortuga Preserve Elementary, Harns Marsh Middle, and Challenger Middle.  Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts in Lehigh Acres, 33-year-old Harold Price, did not have those types of services growing up.