As Mayor Bill de Blasio lectures America on the success of his pre-K programs, his leadership has left the city’s special-needs children hanging in the wind.
Recent reporting by The City’s Yoav Gonen has exposed massive Department of Education incompetence and indifference that victimizes special-education kids and their parents.
Taken to the woodshed by state officials, the DOE admitted to being overwhelmed. Special-ed complaints soared from 4,734 in the 2014-15 school year to 9,695 in 2018-19. Yet it had as few as nine hearing officers available to hear cases — and only in one office in Brooklyn.