A state investigation has revealed that the city's Department of Education isn't doing enough to help special needs students with behavioral problems.
The state Department of Education says that the city "systemically violated the law by failing to provide crucial behavioral supports for students with disabilities."
Advocates say that city schools are not following required procedures to identify causes of the challenging behavior or provide appropriate supports to prevent the behavior from occurring, and the state agrees.
"The DOE really needs to work harder to get these schools using these type of methods so that they can prevent problem behavior before it occurs, and when it does occur, so they can manage it appropriately," said Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children of New York.
The findings come on the heels of an NY1 report earlier this week that showed that special needs students were being suspended for behavioral issues at a higher rate than others.
It's against federal law to suspend a student for behavior directly related to his or her disability.
NY1 reached out to the DOE for comment and has yet to hear back.