NYC DOE to Update Special Education Data

City to update special ed data
by Associated Press
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 10:19 AM

The city Education Department has signed a contract with a consulting
company to update its method of tracking information about 190,000
special education students.

The five-year $55 million contract with the Maximus company of
Virginia will overhaul an antiquated computer system and paper files
that advocates say often result in children being denied services
they need and that are required by law.

The Advocates for Children had sued the school system on behalf of
students with disabilities. Its executive director, Kim Sweet, says
the DOE’s record-keeping is not accurate and up to date.

Linda Wernikoff, head of DOE’s special education, says about 30
schools should be able to access the new system by fall, and that the
entire system should be in operation by spring 2011.

The contract is expected to be officially announced today

(taken from S.I. Advance)

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