From the Daily News:
The Department of Education missed a June 15 deadline to find spots for thousands of kindergartners with disabilities - and now the city could be liable for their tuition in private schools, officials acknowledged.
The holdup is also causing panic for families who are still waiting to hear where their kids are going to kindergarten next year.
Education officials said they were still figuring out precisely how many kids were without seats and therefore unable to provide a firm number of how many children are left without assignments - and how much it will cost the city.
While most public school kids already have seats, education officials were struggling to find assignments for the 15,500 incoming kindergartners with special needs because of changes to the city's special education program.
The kids who don't have seats yet are entitled to a private education paid for by the city under a 1988 legal ruling.
The city already spends about $100 million to educate about 4,000 kids in this situation - and now the cost could skyrocket.