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Fariña’s confession: The Department of Education admits it has miles to go to fix special education

Speaking to Chancellor Carmen Fariña at two Daily News forums almost a year ago, parent after parent reported that schools had failed to deliver special education services for their children or had come through only after months of effort.

Cuomo and de Blasio can team up for kids

Two recent reports shed light on tangible progress and daunting problems in our city’s schools — and point the way for joint action by Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo. Can the state’s two most powerful leaders manage to work together for the good of kids?

Sen. Chuck Schumer demands that U.S. Army's handgun supplier doesn’t sell arms to dealers doing business with criminals

He's hoping the bottom line will be mightier than the bullet. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he wants the federal government to use its "massive purchasing power" to put the financial screws to gun manufacturers who deal with shady weapon sellers.

EXCLUSIVE: Roof repairs at Harlem NYCHA building made leaks worse, say tenants

When it rains, it pours — right through her ceiling. But the 70-year-old woman, who lives in the King Towers in Harlem, is prepared. The public housing resident has created an elaborate network of aluminum foil aqueducts, taped to the ceiling to channel the deluge into buckets placed strategically on the floor. The jury-rigged funnel system keeps the rainfall off her television, her stove and her 2-year-old son, Josito.

Housing group opposes de Blasio's Vatican speech because of NYCHA mold problems

Housing advocates want the Vatican to freeze out Mayor de Blasio at a climate change conference in Rome Tuesday. They say Hizzoner’s invitation to deliver the keynote address should be pulled because of his environmental record at home. De Blasio is set to fly to Italy Monday night and give a speech, titled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change,” at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Tuesday.

Parents, education workers express concerns about NYC schools at 'Fight for Their Future' forum

The mother of a 5-year-old boy with special needs, Patterson quit her job to devote herself to getting her child the best education possible. She started a business called “Decoding Special Needs” and carries binders of information with her to meetings with Education Department officials to discuss her son’s Individualized Education Program, or IEP. She complains veteran DOE decision makers for IEP fail to show up to meetings and that, when they do, they are often unaware of what services are available.

Carmen Fariña answers tough questions about NYC schools at ‘Fight for Their Future’ forum

Parents, teachers and concerned education advocates packed the room Monday night at a “Fight for Their Future” forum attended by city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. About a half-dozen parents selected by the co-hosts, the Daily News and Metro IAF, a community group, questioned the boss of the nation’s largest school system about the real-life issues families face in the public schools.

Q&A with Carmen Fariña from the town hall forum on city schools

Carmen Fariña answered questions from parents and educators at a town hall forum Thursday night. Here are a few of the topics covered: Q: “Can we get more counselors to help troubled students in our schools?” — Leton Hall, Bronx, teacher at Mott Hall Science and Technology Academy

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña takes questions from parents, educators at packed Bronx forum

From a mother's worries over failing schools to a teacher’s push for mental health services, the city schools boss opened her inbox to more than 500 concerned parents and educators at a packed town hall forum Thursday in the Bronx.

A chancellor’s challenge: In Daily News forums, Carmen Fariña displays experience and knowledge galore, but her plans may not be bold enough to answer parents' urgent need for better schools

Jessica Franco Ramos of Bushwick has a daughter who’s excelling at a public charter school — and a younger brother struggling at a traditional district school. Derrick Calder, of the South Bronx, pulled his daughter Jodie out of a public school, IS 318, where fights filled the halls and bullying was rampant. In a Catholic school, she found refuge at a cost of $4,000 a year. Celia Velasquez, a Bronx grandmother, was thrilled to discover that her grandson aced the gifted and talented test — earning admission, at least in theory, to a local program that would challenge him.

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