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Special education: Political will lacking in Albany to address failings

09.14.2017 | Democrat & Chronicle | If political capital is lacking for funding increases, it is likely due to a series of highly publicized fraud cases in New York City several years ago... "When the (troubling) reports came out about providers stealing funding, we said, 'You need to punish the bad actors, not the preschoolers,'" said Randi Levine of Advocates for Children of New York. "I think that negative media attention has made it more challenging for the state to approve a higher reimbursement rate, even though the vast majority of providers are doing wonderful work every day to serve children with disabilities." Read article