Lawsuit: Special Ed Students Lost Services Due to Computer System Failure

A city-wide system designed to track students with disabilities and help the city get reimbursed for their services has been a failure, said advocate Letitia James, in a lawsuit against the city’s Department of Education.

According to papers filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Monday, the system is prone to malfunctions, including deleting saved student data. It also “does not appear to be capable of producing citywide data about I.E.P.s, including how many children are receiving” special education services.

Ms. James said, “The failure of the program is resulting in a lack of services for our most vulnerable children, and we’re basically cheating taxpayers of rightful funding from the state and federal government.

Read the full story from the New York Times.

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