Friday, March 15, 2013
Is The DOE Trying To Shortchange Special Education Students By Witholding Chapter 683 Money For The Summer?
The Chapter 683 program was a success as the"best teachers" who worked with their "high needs" students stayed with them during the summer. This was a win-win for all parties. The students kept their teacher who knew how to handle the child's unique problems throughout the summer and for a full, not part of a school day. The teachers received "double pay" and could help fund their retirement. The school Administrator did not have to micromanage and worry about teachers who were unfamiliar with the students as they operated on a "trial and error" basis. Oops, I forgot, there was one loser,Tweed, who had to hand out a couple of million dollars extra to fund the Chapter 683 program.
If by some chance the DOE is considering the limiting or elimination of the Chapter 683 program, it would be their dumbest idea in quite a while. These children are the most needy students in the NYC school system and taking away the Chapter 683 program is putting these helpless children at increased risk. Let's hope I am wrong and the DOE's reluctance to post Chapter 683 positions for the 2013 summer school is simply a lack of competence on their part.and not part of their"children last" policy.