A student works on a laptop computer during a special education classroom exercise. Photo: Nathan W. Armes/Chalkbeat

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As New York City teachers scramble to comply with a mandate to create new remote learning plans for students with disabilities, they have been granted the authority to reduce services in some cases.

Educators were required to complete abbreviated learning plans by Wednesday, explaining what real-time services — like counseling or specialized instruction — they are providing to the roughly 200,000 students with disabilities with individualized education programs, also known as IEPs.

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