Thursday, October 29, 2015

Federal monitor finds phony records used to lie about special ed progress in Newark | Bob Braun's Ledger

Federal monitor finds phony records used to lie about special ed progress in Newark | Bob Braun's Ledger:

Federal monitor finds phony records used to lie about special ed progress in Newark

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Employees of the state-run administration of the Newark schools may have tampered with documents essential for determining whether the state-operated district is complying with a federal court decision designed to ensure the city’s special education children are receiving services required by law.  Priscilla Petrosky, a court-appointed monitor reported that some obviously phony records  “compromised” the validity of assurances given to the court that the district was trying to comply with its order.
Petrosky also said the obvious manipulation of special education files raised issues about the “credibility” and “legitimacy” of documents the district’s state-appointed employees produced to prove it was complying with the court order.
The Education Law Center, which brought the underlying federal case on behalf of the city’s special education children, issued a statement indicating it had asked the state Attorney General  to “investigate whether anyone in NPS may have engaged in improper employment conduct or violated any laws. ”
Priscilla Petrosky
Priscilla Petrosky
Petrosky found undated letters–all uniformly worded– in student files that contradicted other information in those files, leading her to believe they did not accurately reflect how well the district was complying with the federal court order handed down in 2012. The order imposed strict deadlines on the district Federal monitor finds phony records used to lie about special ed progress in Newark | Bob Braun's Ledger:

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