Invoking a seldom-used provision of the New York City Charter, a judge said city public school officials can be subject to a public hearing for their alleged failure to properly monitor specialized education programs for disabled students.

Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lynn Kotler, ruling for New York City Public Advocate Letitia James in James v. Farina, 450170/16, ordered the Department of Education and Chancellor Carmen Fariña to publicly answer James’ questions about alleged deficiencies in the city’s Special Education Student Information System (SESIS).

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