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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Aaron Carr
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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Advocacy Works. The New York State Education Department Wants Information on Fraud For a New Audit
The E-Accountability Foundation and is happy to report that New York State education corruption may be turning a corner with a second audit of NYSED and New York State schools. Please speak out against any corrupt practices you have witnessed, and let's work together to hold NYSED accountable for ending this sad chapter in America's history. Betsy Combier
New York advocates rejoice!!! New York State Education Department has set up a link on the NYSED website asking for documentation on fraud, abuse and waste (see below). We at The E-Accountability Foundation, with the stories of the children and their schools from hundreds of parent advocates throughout New York State, went to Washington DC in October 2004. We had meetings with Susan Sclafani and Joan Mele-McCarthy at the US DOE, and we spoke with the Department of Justice and Assistants to Senator Edward Kennedy about the fraud and corruption we have documented on the pages of this website as well as on the pages of other websites and in court. We are certainly not the only group speaking out, and applaud the efforts of all the parents who have fought for transparency and the end to the massive corruption going on in our state. Anyone with information who is afraid of retaliation from anyone may send the information to We will contact you to verify the information, and send it on to the State without your name, if this is what you would prefer.


Then we must hold the New York State Education Department accountable for the results of the audit.

Report Fraud, Abuse, and Waste

The New York State Board of Regents and the State Education Department are committed to ensuring schools, BOCES, libraries, museums, educational organizations, and our programs use their funds in an effective and efficient manner. If you suspect fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of public funds, you may report these allegations to us in the following ways.

Fax: (518) 473-0259
Phone: (518) 473-4516

Write to: New York State Education Department
Office of Audit Services
89 Washington Avenue
Room 524 EB
Albany, NY 12234

In all cases, please provide as much detail as possible concerning your specific concerns along with any relevant information you can provide. You do not need to provide your name; however, you may want to provide your name and contact information in the event additional questions arise. Thank you.

Dee Alpert also would like to hear from you:


The NYS Education Department is going to "audit" how NYS school districts, BOCES and State-approved private schools spend IDEA money! They're only doing so under very, very serious federal pressure, but . . . every little bit helps. And whether they do it well is something only time will tell. But . . . for starters . . .

The NYS Ed. Dept.'s Audit Office just put, for the first time, a place on its web site for people to report fraud, waste and abuse. The Special Education Muckrakers think you should take advantage of this new and exciting option.

What are the kinds of things you can report to the NYS Education Department's Audit Office? The list is almost unlimited. Think Roslyn. Think "no show" employees and administrators. Think special ed funds being spent for non-special ed things.

What are the kinds of things you can report regarding IDEA (special education)?


Schools, districts and BOCES (including the NYC DOE's District 75) using programs and methodologies of remediation and instruction for kids w/disabilities which are not research-validated and which are ineffective.


Schools, districts and BOCES not providing related services as per students' IEP's.

Schools, districts and BOCES billing Medicaid for related services on kids' IEP's which were not really provided.

Schools, districts and BOCES writing up "evaluation" reports although no evaluations were really done.

Schools, districts and BOCES - and CSE's - creating phony IEP paperwork to show that there were CSE meetings when there really were no CSE meetings.

Folks forging signatures on IEP's.

Schools, districts and BOCES billing Medicaid for "targeted case management" services, including monthly contacts with parents to help them access more Medicaid services their kids may need.

Schools, districts and BOCES not reporting kids who dropped out or were pushed out of school and then keeping the kids on their enrollment lists so they can get State and federal money for them although they're not really attending school.


Schools, districts and BOCES using time out rooms based on building-wide behavior/time out room policies instead of doing individual FBA's and BIP's which parents have been involved in developing, and to which parents have specifically agreed in advance.

VESID Regional Associates pretending to investigate parents' complaints when, in fact, they've just taken school folks' words as to what really went on.

The list of things you can file a complaint about is just too long to put in one e-mail.

If you'd like, you can e-mail a copy of your complaint to NYSED's Audit Office regarding fraud, waste or abuse, and especially IDEA-related fraud, waste or abuse, to The Special Education Muckrakers, at: We'll keep everything completely confidential and try to follow up to make sure that your fraud, waste or abuse complaint is handled properly.

Submit your fraud, waste or abuse complaints to:

Fax: (518) 473-0259
Phone: (518) 473-4516

Write to:
New York State Education Department
Office of Audit Services
89 Washington Avenue
Room 524 EB
Albany, NY 12234

Dee Alpert, Publisher
The Special Education Muckraker

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