A multimillion-dollar computer system brought in to help save D.C.’s failing special education program doesn’t work with existing school software, and city officials are scrambling to account for thousands of vital records ahead of a crucial audit, The Examiner has learned.Your tax dollars at work.
Earlier this year, the District signed a $4.2 million contract with the Public Consulting Group for help in organizing thousands of chaotically stored special education files and tracking federal deadlines for updating those files. But e-mails obtained by The Examiner show that the group’s computer tracking system isn’t compatible with the system’s enrollment database.
This means officials can’t access information on thousands of children.
The special education system currently is being audited by an outside firm, but e-mails show school officials have all but given up on providing accurate information for the review.
Monday, October 06, 2008
More Special Ed ineptness
DCPS's special education woes go from bad to worse.