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Special-ed Students Suffer In NYC Because of Mayor

Eva Moskowitz

Mayor de Blasio hates the Success Academy charter schools so much that his minions are even taking it out on Success kids who need special education.

The ugly facts are laid out in a new suit the network just filed on behalf of six parents whose children were unfairly denied the extra help they’re legally entitled to.

De Blasio’s Department of Education, argues the suit, discriminates against these students by making them wait to get the help they deserve — or denying them support altogether.

Officials delay action by requiring additional consent forms from parents, taking their time before putting requests for service into the city’s tracking system and scheduling parent meetings at inconvenient times.

Indeed, the agency processes only 3 percent of Success parents’ special-ed applications within the legally required 60-day timeframe — vs. 66 percent of requests for regular public-school students.

A Success student waits an average 162 days for a response. One was held up for an outrageous 653 days; another, whose parents feared he had dyslexia, was initially denied services and had to repeat a grade as he waited almost two school years before DOE finally gave the green light for help, Chalkbeat reports.

And some kids might never get help, even if they need it: In the 2016-17 school year, Success says, the agency deemed just 40 percent of the kids it referred to DOE eligible for support, yet it OK’d 80 percent of students from traditional public schools in the same area.

“Neglecting children in this way is a disgrace,” Success CEO Eva Moskowitz says. “Deliberately denying a child the educational support he needs simply because of the school he attends is reprehensible.”

De Blasio long has opposed charters (especially Success Academy, since Moskowitz is his long-time nemesis), and he moved to squeeze SA the minute he took office. When Albany pushed back, he claimed to change his tune, vowing to treat charter kids as fairly as all other public-school kids.

Alas, over the 4 ½ years that followed, he failed to show he meant it.

Now, new Chancellor Richard Carranza has offered another olive branch, openly admitting “charter schools are public schools.” If Carranza truly wants to forge a new path, he can start by ending DOE’s discrimination against Success’ special-ed kids. Even if de Blasio can’t let go of his grudge with Moskowitz, it’s beyond cruel to make kids pay the price.

By Post Editorial Board

Battle Between Mayor de Blasio And NYPD Goes Nuclear. Mayor Honors Terrorist – Cop Killer Oscar Lopez Rivera

Mayor de Blasio says he’ll march in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade despite its honoring of Oscar López Rivera, an unrepentant terrorist leader.

The mayor’s trying to dodge that fact. On Wednesday, he spoke of OLR’s ties to the FALN, which “did things I don’t agree with, obviously, and they were illegal.”

But López Rivera wasn’t just affiliated with the FALN terrorists — he was a leader of their Chicago cell. And when the FBI arrested him all those years ago, it found dynamite, detonators and firearms in two of his homes. At trial, a witness testified that López Rivera trained him in making bombs.

Why does de Blasio claim he has renounced terror? City Hall cites OLR’s words to the Guardian: “We realized other tactics to armed force could be more effective,” followed by “Morally, we came to see . . . that if we are advocating for a better world then there are things you cannot do,” plus, “We have transcended violence.”

None of which repudiates his past actions.

And he still scorns the FALN’s victims. In a recent interview, he recalls his attitude toward surviving family members at his 2011 parole hearing: “If you don’t respect me, why should I reciprocate? I wasn’t there to tell them, ‘Hey, listen, I’m sorry.’ That’s not me.”

You see why the NYPD Hispanic Society says it won’t march in the parade, and why more sponsors may follow Goya Foods in withdrawing.

De Blasio is mayor of a town targeted by the FALN then and by other terrorists now, a city that lost thousands on 9/11. He skipped the St. Patrick’s Day Parade when he thought it sent the wrong message. He ought to do the same now.

By New York Post Editorial Board May 18, 2017