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How to access a Bilingual Special Education Program

Bilingual Special Education (BSE) is a specialized program for students who require an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) or Special Class (SC) with a language of instruction other than English. These programs are intended to support English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners who benefit from culturally and linguistically responsive instruction that address cognitive, academic, and linguistic needs.

Step 1: Individual Education program (IEP) Document

The IEP provides recommendations on special education programs and services.

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The IEP section “Recommended Special Education Programs and Services” must recommend ICT or Special Class program with a language of instruction
other than English. The language should be recommended in the Service Delivery Recommendations.

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Student will be eligible for placement in a BSE Program.

Note:
All recommended special education programs and services should be a reflection of the needs of the students through the IEP.

 

Step 2: Initial Review

The school IEP team or the family needs to contact the Central BSE programs team at BSEprograms@schools.nyc.gov to submit the inquiry.

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The Central BSE Programs Team will review the student’s IEP to:

    1. Confirm that it recommends a bilingual ICT or Special Class

    2. Identify the Dual Language/Transitional Bilingual Education program with available seats that is closest to the student's home

 

Note:

  • If you email the Central BSE programs team, you will receive an email acknowledging your inquiry.
  • The Central BSE programs team will notify your child’s school or district Committee on Special Education to let them know that the family is interested in a BSE program for the student.
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