View Full Version : All NYC Brooklyn mom's battle to educate her learning-disabled son continue six years after it began

02-06-2011, 01:33 PM
This from N.Y. Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2011/02/06/2011-02-06_one_moms_battle_to_educate_her_son.html) by Ben Chapman:
For 20 years, Jamillah Salahuddin has worked as a public school teacher East New York - but the system she has served so loyally let her down when it came to her own child.

Salahuddin spent six years fighting to win adequate services for her learning-disabled son in the city's public schools - and her struggle is still not over.

"I've nearly killed myself trying to get the Department of Education to give my son proper support," said Salahuddin, 45, who teaches at Public School 202 in East New York.

Last month, Salahuddin won a judgment against the Education Department that will allow her to send her son Shadeed Abdul-Qawy, 11, to suitable public school or even a private school on the city's dime because public schools in her district failed to address his needs.

But after four weeks of searching, the single mother of two hasn't been able to find an open private school seat for her son, who has dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

"I just want his suffering to end," said Salahuddin, who has spent more than $20,000 and countless hours trying to get adequate services for Shadeed.

It has been a long journey.

Shadeed has had problems in school since he began kindergarten at Excellence Charter School in Bedford-Suyvesant. "He was a puzzle piece that didn't fit in, no matter how hard we forced it," said Salahuddin.

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