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  • How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children Out of Special Education

    In “Denied,” the Houston Chronicle revealed that a group of Texas state officials had arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should receive special education services and had enforced the benchmark by intensely auditing school districts for “over-identification.” The effort, which began in 2004 but was never announced and remained completely unknown outside of district special education departments, saved the state billions of dollars but denied critical help to tens of thousands of children with disabilities. As a result, the Chronicle reported, Texas now provides special education services to a lower percentage of its students than any other state in the country – by far. If Texas gave services at the same rate as everybody else, more than 250,000 more children in the state would be receiving services such as tutoring, counseling and therapy.
  • Private Schools

    More than 180 privately run schools in New Jersey promise to take on the severely disabled children that public schools can’t handle, giving them a special status in the Garden State's educational system. But these schools are also a $600 million industry funded by New Jersey taxpayers – an industry that is only loosely regulated by the state. After a two-month investigation, Star-Ledger reporter Christopher Baxter exposed what can happen when the state writes checks to private companies without closely watching what they do with the money. His reporting was a relentless indictment of the system, finding the private schools were able to spend taxpayer dollars in ways public schools could not. He uncovered nepotism among school staffs, executive pay far higher than public school superintendents, officials owning fancy cars, schools offering generous pension plans and questionable business deals between schools and companies owned by school officials. In one instance, Baxter discovered a classroom aide who was related one of the school’s directors was taking home a $94,000 salary – three times what others were paid – without even a bachelor’s degree.
  • The Last Ghost of War

    "Over three decades after the Vietnam War, deadly dioxin has worked its way into the food chain and, some argue, the gene pool, with tragic results." This documentary details several plaintiffs in a class action suit, who are "seeking justice and compensation for medical care from U.S. chemical companies."
  • Developmental Disability: Not All Children Grow Up and Move Away

    The story was prompted by a lawsuit filed on behalf of seven families with developmentally disabled adult children. The article exposed the state imposed roadblocks that people with disabled children face once that child becomes an adult, including state budget shortfalls and what those numbers mean to the lives of every day people.
  • The Columbus Dispatch looks at three young lives and their families' struggle to pay for their medical expenses. The eight month series also exposes the process of how the state encourages the institutionalization of some handicapped children. (Sept. 17 - 20, 1995)
  • Fragile Lives

    The Columbus Dispatch followed the lives of a family with three disabled children for eight months. The parents were attempting to care for their children at home, but home health care carries a steep price. Their commitment forces them to negotiate and battle a Medicaid system that controls their ability to provide that care.
  • Special Education: The challenge

    The Virginian-Pilot published a three-day series that deals with issues surrounding special ed. Part 1 focuses on battling the school budgets to meet the needs of our children; Part 2 reveals that many special ed classrooms have a disproportionate number of black kids; and, Part 3 deals with mainstreaming and inclusion.
  • Crazy Crazy Checks

    "Crazy Checks" investigated fraud and abuse of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for children, a $5 billion a year program run by the Social Security Administration. SSI is designed to financially assist disabled children, but Prime Time's three-month investigation discovered a program with such lax oversight and vague guidelines, that the money can be spent for virtually anything. In addition, even normal children qualify-after being coached by their parents.