City audit finds flaws in paid-for services for special needs students

The city Department of Education can’t fully document whether special needs children are getting all the services it pays for, a new audit charges.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer found serious flaws in a sample of invoices charged by a non-profit that bills for millions of dollars a year in speech therapy for hearing-impaired children.

The comptroller’s office conducted the audit of Strivright, Inc., also known as the Auditory Oral School of New York. Since 2010, the city DOE has paid the group more than $40 million in services to kids in public and private schools.

The Comptroller has asked the DOE to recoup $93,936 from Strivright, which countered that taking the breaks would have interfered with students’ schedules and educational plans.

“This audit shows a callous disregard for taxpayer dollars and worse, some of New York’s most vulnerable children. We need to be doing everything we can to ensure that services we pay for are actually provided,” he told The Post.

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