At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were able to move students with disabilities into virtual settings without holding an individualized education program meeting to change their educational placement.
New Guide Highlights Specialized Programs for Students with Disabilities Across New Orleans Public Schools
Guide Showcases Specialized Programs at Schools Citywide Along with New Referral Process to Improve Student Access; Part of Multiyear Effort by NOLA Public Schools, Center for Learner Equity, and Schools to Scale and Improve Student Access to Specialized Programs New Orleans, LA — For the first time in the city’s post-Katrina school system families of children with disabilities can access a dedicated resource regarding specialized programs across the city’s schools, as well as a consistent process for seeking referrals to these programs through each student’s IEP team. NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) and the Center for Learner Equity (CLE) have worked for several years in partnership with local charter schools and key non-profit partners to develop a comprehensive vision for specialized programming for students with disabilities. This vision includes uniform access, sustainable funding, and a commitment to quality in programs so that across the school system, all students with disabilities who require significant supports can benefit from meaningful educational opportunities no matter what school they currently attend. A milestone of the work thus far is NOLA-PS’ new Specialized Programs Guide and streamlined referral process, both developed in partnership with CLE. The guide highlights ten specialized programs for students with significant disabilities […]
CLE report cited in Chalkbeat Colorado’s “Special ed questions on charter school apps violate federal law, complaints allege”.
On July 2, 2021, EdDive published an article highlighting key takeaways from the 2021 ISTE conference, quoting Program Manager Lauren Krempecki.
On July 2, Edsource published an article about a massive increase in special education funding in California, quoting Executive Director Lauren Morando Rhim.
If a special education director gets pushback from his superintendent about where he thinks he should spend the COVID-19 relief funding to improve equity for students with disabilities, show him the data, said Lauren Krempecki, program manager at the Center for Learner Equity in New York, N.Y.
Harassment. Abuse. Taunting. Menacing. These are the kinds of words that appear in laws that address bullying, said Paul O’Neill, a school attorney at Barton Gilman LLP in New York City.
On April 9, EdPost published an op-ed by Executive Director Lauren Morando Rhim highlighting the danger of disproportionate discipline in public schools.
On March 31, NJ Ed Report published an op-ed by Executive Director Lauren Morando Rhim highlighting the necessity of disproportionate discipline in public schools.
On March 31, Edsource reported on a new study that shows that students with disabilities, especially those who are students of color, will need extra assistance to catch up, quoting Executive Director Lauren Morando Rhim.