THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

P·12·0FFICE OF SPECIAL EOUCATION
SPECIAL EOUCATION QUAlITY ASSURANCE, New Yor,k City Regional Office
55 Hanson Place, Room 545, Brooklyn, NY 11217·1580
Tel. (718) 722-4544, Fax (718) 722·2032
www.p12.nysed.gov/specialedJ
March 28, 2014
Mr. John Elfrank-Dana
U FT Chapter Leader
411 Pearl Street
y 10038
Ms. Debra Maldonado, Cluster Leader
New York City Department of Education
131 Livingston Street, Room 210
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dear Mr. Elfrank-Dana, Ms. Bradbury and Ms. Maldonado:
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has completed its investi-
gation of the State complaint filed by 10 members of the Instructional Support Staff
(ISS) of the Murry Bergtraum High School on January 28, 2014, alleging violations of
federal and State laws and regulations pertaining to the education of students with disa-
bilities, enrolled at the school.
Enclosed is NYSED's written final decision that addresses each allegation in the
d' _s of fa a d co clus'o s: a d sets forth e easo .
Upon any finding of failure to provide appropriate services to an individual stu-
dent with a disability, Murry Bergtraum High School must take the identified correction
to remediate the denial of services to the identified student and take appropriate actions
to ensure the appropriate future provision of services for all students with disabilities.
The implementation of the enclosed Compliance Assurance Plan (CAP) will be
monitored by Regional Associate Malvice Jefferson. All CAP submissions should be
sent to Dr. Jefferson, who is assigned to work with Cluster 5.
For additional information on State complaint procedures, see:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/guality/complaintga.htm .
If you have any questions regarding NYSED's decision in this matter, please con-
tact me at the number listed above.
Sincerely,
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Grace Talbot
Regional Associate
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Nayana   h a t t a c h a ~ e e
Malvice Jefferson
Corinne Rello-Anselmi
Amy Jones
Steven Albert
Lynn Kandrac
Gerard Beirne
Niobe Hayes
Lottie Almonte
File
FindingsofComplaintInvestigation
Statecompla,intagainst:TheNewYorkCityDepartmentofEducation's
MurryBergtraumHighSchool
Complainant'sName: Mr.JohnElfrank- Dana, receivedJanuary28, 2014
Allegation#1:
Murry Bergtraum High School failed to provide Integrated Collaborative Teaching (ICT)
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rndl cates the subject and section of the ICT class, the general education and
special education teachers assigned to the class, the number of general
education students and students with disabilities listed in the class roster, the
number ofthe room where the class is offered and the number of periods per
week, the classis offered.
•  According to the roster of students with Individualized Education Programs
(IEPs) that lists the name of the student, the IEP recommended ICT services
includingthe subjectand the numberofperiods recommended, 99 studentswere
recommended to receive Integrated CollaborativeTeaching (ICT) servicesforthe
Fall2013schoolterm.
•  A review ofthe recommended special education programs and services on the
students' IEPs for the 99 students and the roster revealed thatforsixstudents,
the programs listed on the roster do not match their IEP recommended ICT
serv·ces
•  Ea- s e s assigned a program card WhIch liss ne curse e. se c
number, course name, teacher's name/s, room number, and cycle day which
indicateshowmanydaystheserviceswi Ibe offered.
•  A review ofthe individual student program cards revealed that for 84 out of99
students the ICT programs scheduled for the individual students did not
correspond to the ICT recommendations listed in the roster of students with
disabilities. The discrepancies were noted in the areas ofsubjects and courses
assigned.
•  A review of the "2013 Term 1 - ICT Courses" list indicated that there is one
course section with no teacher assigned, one course section with only the
general education teacher assigned, three course sections with one teacher's
name  listed  for  both  "Touched  by  an  IEP"(special  education  teacher)  and  "Gen 
Ed"  (general education teacher). 
•  Administrative  and  staff  Interviews  confirmed  that  teachers  assigned  to  ICT 
courses for the  Fall  2013  school  term  were often  providing  instruction  to  students 
without a co- teacher. 
egation# 1:  Conclusion  and  Reasons 
•  s·  e aeterm natlo  of this  Offi ce  that the  Murry Bergtraum  High  Scnool IS  I  c,at 0"" 
of Section  200.6(g)(2)  Of the  Regulations  of the  Commissioner of Education,  since  one 
course  section  has  one teacher identified  as  both  the  special  education teacher and  the 
general  education  teacher  which  is  contrary  to  the  regulatory  requirements  that 
mandate  each  class  must include,  a special education teacher and  a general education 
teacher. 
Finding for Allegation#: 1 Sustained 
  Citation Language
Required Corrective Action #1 
200.6(g)(2) 
Allegation #  1 
School  personnel  assigned  to  each  class  shall  minimally  include  a 
special  education teacher and  a general education teacher. 
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specIfi ed  on  the  student s  rEP  to  be  necessary  u 
unique  needs. 
Compliance Assurance Plan 
Citation 200.6(g)(2),  200.6(a)(2) 
Murry  Bergtraum  High  School  must  submit  evidence  that  all  students  with  disabilities 
recommended  to  receive  ICT  services  are  programmed  in  accordance  with  the 
recommendations  in their IEPs. 
Murry  Bergtraum  High  School  must  also  ensure  that  each  ICT  Course  Section  is 
assigned  a general education teacher and  a special  education teacher. 
By April 25,  2014,  Murry  Bergtraum  High  School  must  submit  the  following  to  the 
NYSEO: 
  ass  rses 
•  An  0  lI ne  of  the  schoors  administrative  structure  indicating  the  individuals 
responsible  for  the  accurate  programming  of  the  students  as  per  the 
recommendations  of their  IEPs.  This  must also  include the  name  and  title  of the 
person  responsible  for  ensuring  that  the  student  programs  correspond  to  the 
specific recommendations of their IEPs. 
By May 25,  2014, the  Regional  Associate  will  determine  compliance  by  a  review  of the 
documentation  submitted. 
Required Corrective Action #2
The  principal  will  ensure  that the  Committee  on  Special  Education  (CSE)  convenes  for 
each  of  the  99  students  with  a  recommendation  for  ICT  services  at  Murry  Bergtraum 
High  School  for  the  Fall  2013  school  year to  determine  if the  school's  failure  to  provide 
the  ICT  services  recommended  on  their  IEPs  had  a  negative  impact  on  their  progress 
and, if so, whether additional  services are needed as a result. 
By June 27,  2014 e  P  nCl pa  II  S  oml  0 the  YSE  e  e  ce  ·'"' a:  a 
conducted,  including  copies of: 
•  All  parental  notices  pertaining  to the  IEP  including  the  invitations to  the  meetings 
indicating the  purpose of the  required  IEP meeting  and  the  prior written  notices of 
the  resulting  IEP  recommendation, 
•  All  assessment  data  considered  at  the  reviews  and  documentation  of efforts  to 
obtain parental consent to  conduct any new evaluations deemed  necessary, 
•  Any IEPs amended  or developed,  and 
•  The  students' schedule for any additional services  recommended . 
By July 28,  2014,  the  Regional  Associate  will  determine  compliance  by  reviewing  the 
documentation  submitted. 
Allegation #2:
Murry  Bergtraum  High  School  failed  to  provide  Special  Education  Teacher  Support 
Services  (SETSS)  to  forty-four  students  with  disabilities  as  per  their  IEP 
recommendation,  for the Fall 2013  school term. 
•  According  to the  student program  cards,  23  of the 42  students  recommended  for 
SETSS  were  programmed  for  1  period  of SETSS  during  the  12th  period  for  the 
Fall  term  of  2013.  The  student  program  cards  did  not  indicate  the  days  of the 
week,  room number or the teacher assigned. 
•  The  student  program  card  also  indicates  that  18  students  recommended  for 
SETSS were  not programed for SETSS for the  Fall  2013 school term. 
•  A student program  card  indicates that only one  student is  programmed  to  receive 
SETSS  the  12th  period,  Monday- Friday  and  has  a  teacher  assigned  and  room 
number. 
•  The  principal  of  Murry  Bergtraum  High  School,  stated  that  due  to  a  teacher 
shortage  she  was  unable  to  secure  a  SETSS  provider  for  the  Fall  2013  school 
term. 
•  Additionally,  Murry  Bergtraum  High  School  has  not  yet  secured  teachers  to 
provide SETTS services to date. 
It  is  the  determination  of this  Office that  Murry  Bergtraum  High  School  is  in  violation  of 
Section  200.6(a)(2)  of the  Regulations  of the  Commissioner  of  Education,  since  there 
was  a failure  to  provide  the  students  with  the  SETSS  services  as  recommended  on  the 
students'  IEPs  for the  Fall  2013 school term. 
Finding for Allegation #:2 Sustained
200.6(a)(2)  A  student  with  a  disability  shall  be  provided  the  special  education 
specified  on  the student's  IEP to  be  necessary to  meet the  student's 
unique needs. 
Compliance Assurance Plan 
Allegation # 2  Citation 200.6(a),  (2)  200.6(f)(1) 
Required Corrective Action #1 
Murry  Bergtraum  High  School  must  submit  evidence  that  all  42  students  are  receiving 
SETSS services as  per the  recommendations on their IEPs. 
By April  25,  2014  Murry  Bergtraum  High  School  must  submit  the  following  to  the 
..... .-roy  Be  gtra  High  Schools  administrative  procedure  for  securing 
recommended  special education  services when  assigned  providers are  on  leave, 
or long  term  absence. 
By May 25,  2014,  the  Regional  Associate  will  determine  compliance  by  a  review  of the 
documentation  submitted. 
Required Corrective Action #2 
The  principal  will  ensure  that the  Committee  on  Special  Education  (CSE)  convenes  for 
each of the 42  students with  a recommendation  for SETSS  services at Murry Bergtraum 
High  School  for  the  Fall  2013  school  year to  determine  if the  school's  failure  to  provide 
the  SETSS  services  recommended  on  their  IEPs  had  a  negative  impact  on  their 
progress and, if so, whether additional services are needed  as a result. 
°11  submit to  the  NYSED  evidence  that  a  review was 
•  All  parental  notices  pertaining  to the  IEP  including  the  invitations to the  meetings 
indicating the purpose of the  required  IEP  meeting  and  the  prior written  notices of 
the  resulting  IEP  recommendation, 
•  All  assessment  data  considered  at  the  reviews  and  documentation  of  efforts  to 
obtain  parental consent to  conduct any new evaluations deemed  necessary, 
•  Any IEPs amended or developed,  and 
•  The students' schedule for any additional services  recommended. 
By  July 28,  2014,  the  Regional  Associate  will  determine  compliance  by  reviewing  the 
documentation submitted.