Assemblyman: Cuomo should allow students aging out of public school to return

Emily De Vito & WNYT Staff
Updated: August 03, 2020 02:31 PM
Created: August 03, 2020 02:27 PM

Gov. Cuomo is expected to announce this week if and how schools will reopen in the fall.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is concerned about what will happen regarding students with disabilities that have aged out of the public education system and will not be able to return to school.

Santabarbara has written a letter to Gov. Cuomo, urging the governor to allow students who are aging out of school this year the opportunity to return for the 2020-21 school year.

Students in the state are entitled to attend public school until the end of the school year in which they turn 21.

Santabarbara says often students with disabilities need the additional time to acquire the skills they need to be successful.

Santabarbara has experienced firsthand how difficult virtual learning is for those with special needs. His son Michael is living with autism.

He said a lot of these students go from having one-on-one time with an aide to having to do physical or occupational therapy through a computer.

Santabarabara said he has not heard this topic discussed at any of the governor's press conferences, but he says he will continue to fight for these students ahead of schools hopefully starting up again in September.

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