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Newark, NJ: Teachers and aides not "properly trained to serve students with special needs"

Sept 23, 2019, Chalkbeat: Here’s what we heard about special education in Newark after hearing from parents, advocates, and educators Newark residents gathered Saturday to discuss one of the central issues facing the city’s schools: how to improve special education…. Another question that we posed to the group: “What are some of the challenges with special education in Newark?” Some said that not all teachers and classroom aides have been properly trained to serve students with special needs — especially when they’re placed in general-education classrooms. Others added that some schools lack the specialized personnel and other resources that certain students with disabilities require. Many of the participants said the way students’ special education plans are handled should be more transparent and efficient, and there should be a simpler way for parents to access information about special education.


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