Millions of special ed dollars went to swordfish, booze; state auditor calls for collaborative reform

Massachusetts’ state auditor is calling for sweeping reform of oversight and financial accountability for the state’s 30 special education agencies after her office found that several of the collaboratives had misused millions of public dollars, the Huffington Post reports. An audit of the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative, READS Collaborative and the Southeastern Massachusetts Education Collaborative by State Auditor Suzanne Bump revealed patterns of lavish spending and salaries, conflicts of interest and overall systemic problems in standards, oversight and accountability…

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