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Resource ID: #30186
Subject: Education
Source: Mike Reicher, Lulu Ramadan, Taylor Blatchford, Michael Grabell, Jonathan Martin, Alex Mierjeski, Manuel Villa, Gabriel Campanario, Jennifer Luxton, Jillian Kumagai, Lauren Frohne, Ramon Dompor, Erika Schultz, Ken Lambert, Angela Gottschalk, Frank Mina, La
Affiliation: The Seattle Times, ProPublica
Date: 2022-11-26



On the fringes of Washington state’s special education system is a network of privately run schools, advertising an array of expensive therapeutic services to public school districts to help students with severe disabilities. But once the students — and the tens of millions of tax dollars that follow them — enter these schoolhouses, public accountability and transparency stops. Until the Seattle Times and ProPublica wrote about them, few outside the education community knew they existed, rendering them Invisible Schools.

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