About ten years ago, Special Education offices within the District were accused of misappropriating the necessary funds to local mental health programs to support students/children in need, locally. Instead it was non uncommon for said agencies to ship off students away from their homes and family to out source services.
In one specific case funds were used to send a student to a school in Massachusetts (sp) where he was systematically beaten and treated inhumanely. There were many cases reported,even with all of that -to this day the issue of creating sustainable mental health services for children has not been effectively addressed.
An internal investigation with viable data to support their findings needs to be conducted immediately! The information found needs to serve as the catalyst for the city council to get behind building a more solid mental health/Special Education program for the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.