A Staten Island charter school hasn't delivered on promises to provide extra services for disabled kids, outraged parents charge.
Marketing materials and the charter for John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School in Bloomfield describe an environment dedicated to serving students with special needs...
The charter school, which enrolled 135 students in sixth and seventh grades last year, has also actively recruited students with disabilities. More than 30% of its students last year had special needs - more than twice the city average.
The school's charter also boasted that it would have extensive services for disabled kids, including a mental health clinic, a mental health director and a guidance counselor.
Yet parents say Lavelle Prep has none of these things - prompting them to barrage the school and the city with complaints....
Lavelle officials refused requests for comment. City Education Department officials acknowledged the complaints, agency spokesman Frank Thomas said.
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“Staten Island Parents: Charter School Recruits Handicap Kids But Doesn't Provide for Special Needs.” New York Daily News (NY), 8/2/2011