How the new Framework vision aligns with NYC CEP (comprehensive educational plan), and how it excludes Parent Engagement and Students with Special Needs.

If you look at your NYC schools’ Portal page  by typing the name and then portal page


Looking at the statistics and Budget tab to the left and click, Then scroll to the following on that page ( lots of other helpful info on this page so feel free to explore and learn more about your students school). For this blog we are going to look at the CEP (Comprehensive Educational Plan) click there.


and the  plan will come up like this :

Lets look at page 2. cep_K139


Now remember the Framework from my last blog cfgraphicslider1 Now you can see exactly  why they created this Framework!

Once again Sadly Students with the highest needs and those that are unidentified are left out of the Framework for student achievement. 


The plan is to ignore the students in need, clearly there is not a working model that identifies students in need. Only the teachers and parents that are the most sensitive  and aware will refer students to get tested and recommended for AIS or special education services. I believe that all students should be evaluated for both in a way that is aligned with Scientifically based practices.



The Quad School Visit

I went to an open house today at the Quad school, its a new school that just opened in the east village. The school is only 18 children from ages 7-14. It is a very promising school. It caters to 2E  (twice exceptional)  ASD and ADHD population. There are not many seats in this school, the chances of getting in are slim.

There is a growing number of children in NYC being diagnosed with ASD. These students have no school options, most of the approved private schools are at capacity.

The NYCDOE needs to make more ASD classrooms and more specialized programs available to the Autistic Spectrum population including high functioning students in NYC.

OPWDD Developmental disabilities Brooklyn.

If you have a child with autism or any other developmental disability, and if you are OPWDD eligible then please go to one of these meetings to find out more information about your entitlements and these non-for-profits that support Families and individuals. BDDC STANDING COMMITTEESeptember 2014-SEAN SENIOR SERVICE UPDATE. To find out more about opwdd and eligibility go to

and attend a front door session.


P311 NYCDOE Parent Center also serves as a place to voice your concerns and get Results!

I am sure that many of you at one point have felt the need to call 311 as far as the DOE NYC goes.

Over the last year I have done extensive research about 311 and the DOE NYC.

I have learned a lot about it, it is a very important tool for getting your complaints addressed directly, however the first step is knowing how to use it.

Lets start off with the facts:

P311 was set up by Bloomberg around 10 years ago and in that respect it is still fairly new, most parents use it to find their zoned school and general information. Very few parents and teachers know about the complaint procedures, but they do exist. In fact it is much easier  to call P311 and get results, then it is to write a letter to the chancellor or Mayor.

311 and p311 are very different. 311 is where you can make general complaints about the city. However the DOE NYC may cloak itself as 311 it is actually p311 and there are many ways to contact them. lets start out by going over the history see the website below.

and then there is also :

P311 can help you solve many special education issues:

There is also this diagram that shows how p311 is connected to Enrollement and therefore complaints lodged there may help you if you are trying to change schools :

I also found out that this guy is one of many who you may even speak to when you call:

I developed a script for teachers or parents that want to call, to remain anonymous.Call them up and say you are concerned about somethings that are happening at a NYCDOE Public school (state the name) that are school wide issues that have to do with safety and the well being of the children and staff.
They may ask ” what is your name?”
Your response is “I prefer not to say”
They may ask “Are you a parent?”
Your response is “I prefer not to say”
That may ask you questions trying to get identifiable information.
Your response is to stay anonymous.
You will ask for a service request.
Once you have the service request please make a note of it. Log the call, time and date and rep name if possible. Call back in five days ask for an update provide service request number and reopen the complaint if nothing has been done. This takes some vigilance.

The most important thing is to keep track of the service request number and keep calling to reopen if nothing is done.

Possible complaints:

“One security guard for 900 students and 77 teachers.”

“Parking in the school yard”

“Poor parent engagement”

“Lack of AIS services”

“Lack of real PTA room”

“Improper SLT protocol”

“No gym teacher”

“No access to school library for all students”

“No recess”

“Non HQT staff for ESL”

“Principal bullying”

“Class size too Large”

“Screaming school aids”

“Lack of computers”

Anything that you can think of that you know is wrong.
Now instead of wasting time calling 311 you can contact P311 directly if it is a special ed issue make sure to say so. Any number that is listed as an enrollment office on the DOE NYC website is actually the same as P311!

See below:

You will notice that all of these numbers have the same first six digits. You can keep reopening complaints until they are resolved. They hate when you do this I imagine it is because it winds up going into a larger data base that shows the state and the US how unhappy we are with our schools here in NYCDOE. 311 in general is used throughout the country and it is monitored. Remember  311 is 24hr 7 days per week but P311 is only Mon-Fri from 8am to 6pm.

You can provide your child’s OSIS number if you have a personal issue, but know now that the principal of your school will find out about it and may retaliate against you or your child! Remember  this call will go directly to whomever you want to handle it, most complaints go to the DFA (district family advocate), but depending on the nature of the complaint, they can go to special ed reform, FACE or the district, heck who knows maybe even the Chancellor herself.

You can also go to the 4th floor of 65 court street in brooklyn and get copies of your complaints, or mail a self addressed envelope to them directly requesting the copy. Ask them about this process over the phone and they will provide details. You can always speak to a supervisor if you get a rep that is unhappy.

Enrollment Offices

Counselors at Enrollment Offices can help you find your school options and apply to schools. Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 am – 3 pm


1 Fordham Plaza, 7th Floor, Bronx, 10458
Districts Served: 7, 9, 10

1230 Zerega Avenue, Bronx, 10462
Districts Served: 8, 11, 12


1780 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, 11230
Districts Served: 17, 18, 22

415 89th Street, Brooklyn, 11209
Districts Served: 20, 21

1665 St. Mark’s Avenue, Brooklyn, 11233
Districts Served: 19, 23, 32

29 Fort Greene Place (BE12), Brooklyn, 11217
Districts Served: 13, 14, 15, 16

131 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, 11201 *
Districts Served: 13, 14, 15, 16


333 Seventh Avenue (12th Floor) New York, 10001
Districts Served: 1, 2, 4

388 West 125th Street (7th Floor) New York, 10027
Districts Served: 3, 5, 6


28-11 Queens Plaza North Long Island City, 11101
Districts Served: 24, 30

30-48 Linden Place, Flushing, 11354
Districts Served: 25, 26

90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, 11435 *
Districts Served: 27, 28, 29

Staten Island

715 Ocean Terrace (Building A) Staten Island, 10301
District Served: 31 

If more people took the time as a group to make these calls I am sure we would see change. Feel free to email me if you have any questions along the way. Or of you want to start a call p311 complaint group to address any City Wide Issues with the DOE NYC. I think the reason no one has tried this is because we all hate being on the phone, but I know first hand that it gets results, and creates a paper trail.

I do not think that this resource has ever been used by the masses collectively, perhaps that can change if parents and teachers can get together and try this out.

There are many calls that I have not tried yet. like filing a complaint about OSI for example or about classroom size.

Keep me posted!

My Child’s Para did not even read his IEP

My child continues to have trouble in school. So for open school week I decided to sit in everyday. I could not believe how useless the para assigned to my child was!

He just kept saying to me. “I don’t know why he does not want to do the work? I mean he obviously can do it.” That’s when I looked at him and said “have you read my child’s IEP?”. He starred at me for a moment and then said “no”.

Thats when I just shook my head and returned to the class.

Inside I was thinking

It has been over a month and you have been struggling  with my son every day!

Perhaps it’s a good idea to at least read the IEP like DUH!

So I ask

What can we do about things like this?

I started by emailing the Principal and the CFN Special Ed support person,

The Principal promises me that he will make the para read it, but this is common sense stuff, and I really feel disgusted.

Links to know for DOE NYC Parents

All parents should try and be familiar with part 100

Special Ed parents need to also know part 200 and NYSED just updated in feb 2014 part 200.

Does the DOE NYC or your public school refuse to give you information that you have a right to?

Check out this website on how to FOIL:

Take them to Federal Court, now parents can!

Do you wonder who supports your school? Who actually sends the teachers and clusters there? Special ed? Need an RSA because your child is not getting services. Find out who your schools CFN is by going to the school portal page or call the school:

CFN info below:

If you cannot hit below then copy and paste to your browser

See the different methodologies for NYC DOE schools

Want to know where the money is going, how many teachers are at your school?

check here

and be sure to put your school’s DBN number which will be a borough letter and school number.