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Chancellor Announces New Online Database to Track Services for Students With Disabilities
“The new data system gives us a much-needed upgrade in the way we perform vital special education activities, and demonstrates our continuing commitment to improving outcomes for our students with disabilities,” Chancellor Klein said. “New York City students receiving special education services have made gains in recent years, and the new system will allow us to manage the resources dedicated to these students more efficiently.”
“The Special Education Student Information System is another step in our continuing efforts to honor our obligation to improve our support for students with disabilities in ways recommended by an independent review of special education services,” said Dr. Marcia V. Lyles, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. “There is widespread enthusiasm for this project, which will clearly improve how we provide services to students with disabilities.”
“The Department of Education desperately needs a new system for tracking special education data,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children. “Under the current system they are unable to track their performance in providing essential services to students with disabilities with any kind of accuracy. A new data system is essential to helping the Department of Education improve its delivery of special education services and, we hope, will be a key step to holding the Department of Education accountable for the education of this vulnerable population.”
MAXIMUS and the Department of Education have already begun to develop SESIS, and the system will be installed in selected schools in the fall of 2009 and rolled out in stages through the spring of 2011. The contract with MAXIMUS is for $54.9 million over five years. The Department of Education expects to spend an additional $23.7 million in internal costs during that time. Approximately 80 percent of the total cost will be covered with capital funding.
The Department of Education was represented pro bono during the contracting process by attorneys in the New York office of the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, led by partner Stephen D. Kahn, and associates Caroline P. Geiger and Vidgis Bronder.