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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Controller John Liu Blasts The DOE For Failure To Deliver Special Ed Services

An audit of the services delivered by the DOE during the 2009-2010 school year revealed that special education students were grossly underserved where they were entitled to services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.  Although I am not surprised by the findings (the DOE is woefully understaffed), I am surprised that results from an audit regarding 09-10 are first being released now.  Or is that a normal amount of time for this kind of audit?  I'm not sure.  But the city was clearly neglecting to provide a big chunk of the services it was obligated to provide.  This continues to be a problem today.  Any suggestions about how we go about fixing it?

The story is available at:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/controller-audit-city-fails-provide-individual-special-ed-services-72-306-students-2009-10-article-1.1011359?localLinksEnabled=false

A copy of the audit report is available here:
http://www.comptroller.nyc.gov/bureaus/audit/audits_2012/1-24-12_FK10-147A.shtm