Special-education students in charter schools deserve the same support as their counterparts in traditional public schools. Unfortunately, that is not the case in New York City, where those enrolled in the Success Academy charter schools are denied the help they would otherwise get in regular public schools (“Special-ed kids suffer in de Blasio’s grudge against Success Academy,” New York Post, Jul. 21).
The Department of Education in New York City processes only three percent of special-ed applications for Success Academy within the legally required 60-day time period, as opposed to 66 percent for traditional public schools. That’s outrageous, which is why a lawsuit has been filed by Success Academy on behalf of six parents. Special-ed students shouldn’t be used as pawns by those opposed to charter schools for one reason or another.
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