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Special ed programs under fire

August 31, 2011

Massachusetts officials have found evidence of financial mismanagement at several state-funded special education collaboratives.

According to the Boston Globe, a pair of audits due out today suggest years of mismanagement and poor oversight from the state, as well as excessively high salaries and potential pension law violations.

The results follow earlier reports of squandered state funding at the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative. The new audits focus on the READS Collaborative and the Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative, both located in Southern Massachusetts.

Special education collaboratives also exist in Rhode Island. They offer communities the chance to pool resources to provide special education services at a lower cost.

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