Wow..What a crime against children…..

Wow..What a crime against children; what poor oversight; what a rip-off of the taxpayers. Is this just another example of the movement toward the commercialization of public education? At what point do you “contract-out” the very essence of your mission?  This over reliance of the goodwill of  “pedagogical profiteers” will result in these types of very predictable endings. A fraud of this magnitude was surely aided by the dismantling of  Community School Districts(CSD). CSD’s would be responsible for monitoring these external service providers. The SED is just too far away (Albany) to provide proper oversight. These children are extremely vulnerable as they are not old enough to properly covey information to their parents about their experience. And many of the parents have limited English language proficiency; or don’t have adequate knowledge of the complex regulations connected to Special education services. This was  strategically, a “perfect” crime where the victims may not have even been aware that they were victims. The very purpose and reason for the much admired “Pre-K Special Education intervention services” program, is to identify, and hopefully address disabilities and/or deficiencies early in the child’s life, so that we can give that child better odds of being a successful student in later grades. The stealing of the money is one thing; but the theft of “opportunity” is another. How can we make-up for the intervention services these children should have received, but did not? The idea of this “early intervention” is a very sound principle in education. It succeeds educationally and (except in this case) also saves taxpayers money; as intervention becomes more expensive over time, and in the upper grades. These people violated those principles in the most unethical way. It is very disheartening to see this level of evil greed. This is very sad..… I must however give the NY Times some credit; to call out this major defect and deformity in the much vaunted “new reform movement”…  “The lavish spending and questionable performance of a company that provided therapy to young children underscores problems in a segment of New York’s special education program”… http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/12/nyregion/for-special-ed-contractor-huge-fees-and-shoddy-care.html?ref=education