Due to fraud concerns, the New York City Department of Education has barred 20 businesses from offering special education services to pupils in private schools.
According to a report published by The New York Times on Thursday (nyti.ms/3xb6qTb), the DOE recently urged its staff through email to refrain from hiring personnel from the 20 companies while delivering services to disabled pupils enrolled in private schools.
Due to this development, the city will have to resist claims for payment from parents of private school students whose children received services from the 20 companies that were singled out and approved by the DOE.
Last year, these 20 businesses spent $60 million on special education services for yeshiva students.
Although authorities have claimed that all 20 businesses are connected to a person detained last month in connection with special education funding, some have disputed that assertion, including Special Edge, a sizable Borough Park business that received close to $30 million in funding from the DOE last year, the majority of which went to students in private schools.
The DOE was accused of unfair behavior in a statement issued by the education firm Special Edge and EvalCare.
The company claimed that the DOE’s “refusal to engage in conversation with us and restore Special Edge and EvalCare Inc. as providers in good standing is only harming deserving students who need special education services.”