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Special education program oversight

Special education program oversight

New York lawmakers have voted to increase state oversight of special education programs for preschoolers with disabilities. The bill authorizes the state comptroller to audit all of the independently run programs at least once in the next five years.
 
Sponsors of the legislation say limited audits have shown widespread fraud and abuse, including absentee directors, redundant costs and potential conflicts of interest where evaluators direct children into their own programs. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says fraud in the $1.3 billion program has cost taxpayers millions of dollars while depriving children of needed help.

 

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