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  • Back of the Class

    The multi-part investigation "Back of the Class" exposed that Washington state lags behind much of the country in its decades-old, outdated special education policies and program, leaving thousands of students with special needs without their federally mandated right to a free and appropriate education.
  • School District Cover-up

    We exposed how the Paradise Valley Unified School District worked hard to keep the sexual assault of a special needs student hidden from parents and students and worked to protect their own teachers when they failed to properly chaperone the Pinnacle High School Homecoming dance. During the course of my investigation into that I discovered a nugget of information in a police document. Then I asked if any of the surveillance cameras were working at Pinnacle High School. The answer was shocking, no. Then I was asked repeatedly not to disclose it to the public. We did what was in the best interest of student and staff safety. We forced their hand when they admitted they do not work and then proceeded to attack us for our reporting.

    KARE 11 documented how eight special needs children were left to live in filth – at taxpayer’s expense – while local and state agencies ignored repeated warnings about their welfare. Our meticulous reporting and detailed follow-ups helped change state law, reform child protection practices, open two state investigations, and resulted in a criminal conviction.
  • Speaking up for Special Needs

    Investigation found an alarming number of children with disabilities in Wisconsin are dying from abuse or neglect, despite repeated calls to child protective service agencies. Our reporting found cases would be closed or not fully investigated when victims, who had disabilities, had a hard time communicating or couldn’t speak clearly.
  • Special education students failed by state

    The Hechinger Report teamed up with The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion Ledger to investigate the many ways in which Mississippi fails its special education students. The Clarion Ledger’s Emily Le Coz spent months uncovering cases where special education students had been denied basic education rights guaranteed under federal law and instances of seclusion and restraint. The Hechinger Report's Jackie Mader and Sarah Butrymowicz investigated what happened to these students when they left high school. The majority of special education students in Mississippi leave school with an alternative diploma or certificate. Many Mississippi students who should be able to earn a regular diploma are counseled on to the alternative track by 8th grade. Many of those students didn't know that few community colleges, and no four-year universities, will accept students who have earned an alternative diploma or certificate.
  • Dangerous Discipline

    Thousands of American school children who suffer with autism or other behavioral problems have been injured and dozens have died at the hands of poorly trained teachers and staff who tried to subdue them using unsafe and at times unduly harsh techniques, an ABC News Brian Ross investigation has found. With no national standards for how a teacher can restrain an unruly child, the ABC News Nightline investigation found school officials around the country have been employing a wide array of methods ranging from sitting on children, handcuffing them, and locking them in padded, “seclusion rooms” for hours. One school even employed a device that delivered an electric shock. Dramatic, rare video, moving interviews with students as young as ten years old , exclusive interviews with parents whose children died during the use of restraints, confrontational interviews with school administrators plus original research by Producers Angela Hill and Matthew Mosk resulted in a stark and disturbing comprehensive investigation that aired on every ABC News platform nationwide: ABC News Nightline, World News with Diane Sawyer, ABC Radio and affiliate stations broadcast stories, as well as numerous print and video stories which were published on ABC The major investigative effort not only exposed the problem but explored the solution in a profile of the Centennial School in Pennsylvania, where special needs students are never physically restrained. The report was welcomed by parent groups, advocates for the disabled, and legislators for bringing national attention to a largely hidden and growing problem.
  • School Bus Disgrace

    This investigation exposed abuse, neglect and corruption in New York City's school bus system. The reporters found cases of students being sexually abused on buses, of buses breaking down, and of special needs children being mistreated. The investigation revealed that the Department of Education had no way to track repeat offenders, and often punished misbehaving drivers with little more than a verbal reprimand.
  • Not So Special Ed?

    This investigation revealed how a little-known piece of Ohio legislation gave millions of tax dollars to a handful of charter schools for special education. The story showed that the money did not go toward providing services for students with special needs. The largest recipient of funds was caught undercounting its students so it could avoid hiring more employees.
  • Neediest students crowd worst schools

    Fertig and News Director John Keefe found that students with special needs, including special education and English as a Second Language, were being "dumped" into the worst and most crowded New York City public high schools.
  • East St. Louis Test Cheating

    This series of stories documented how the East St. Louis School District deliberately excluded nearly 160 special needs students from required standardized tests to boost overall school test scores. This represented a major violation of state and federal laws governing the provision of services for the disabled.