News City to streamline process for tuition reimbursement for special needs programs By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 June 24, 2014 8:26 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Parents of children with special needs will receive better help from the city, following an agreement with the city and state Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced a package of administrative changes that will streamline the process for those parents who seek reimbursement for their kids' special ed needs. The mayor said too many parents were sidelined while the Department of Education spent too much time litigating cases for tuition reimbursement for programs outside public schools. Starting Sept. 1 the DOE will seek settlement within 15 days of receiving notice of a parent who wants to place their child in a school, expedite payments to parents and reduce the frequency of paper work for the litigation. By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.