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De Blasio Promises To Cut Red Tape For Special-Ed Reimbursements

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed Tuesday to try to quickly settle reimbursement claims from parents of special-education students forced to attend private schools.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, New York City has about 170,000 special-needs students. Most of them can be accommodated in the public schools, but a number require parents initially paying out of pocket for costly outside special-ed programs.

Some parents have undergone much contention and had to take court action to be reimbursed, de Blasio said.

De Blasio Promises To Cut Red Tape For Special Ed Reimbursements

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Rich Lamb reports

De Blasio promised to cut the red tape and do right by families, setting a goal of settling claims within 15 days.

“So, say, if we all agree in the first instance, great, we agree,” de Blasio said. “If we have a difference, we’re looking for a resolution of the difference rather than going through a very complicated, costly, lengthy litigation process.

“Starting this fall, when parents of children with disabilities seek tuition reimbursement, things will be different,” he added.

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