Special Needs, Troubled Schools
Investigative Reporting: General News Outlets, Print and Online (Small Staff)
About the Entry
These stories lay bare major problems in the operations and oversight of a private special education school where 95 percent of students had been psychiatric hospital patients — effectively a mental institution outside the oversight of the state’s Department of Mental Health.
- Special Needs, Troubled Schools
- Runaways, findings of neglect and abuse cast shadow at Chamberlain school
- Cash flows via multiple channels to executive at special education school
- Hearings begin on troubles at special education schools
- Abuse and neglect reports mount at special ed schools, official says
- Koby Levin, Intern, The Eye at NECIR
- Jenifer McKim, Senior Investigative Reporter, The Eye at NECIR
- Gary Putka, Executive Editor, The Eye at NECIR
Comments from the Judges
“Series was excellent (though horrifying). The team was clearly committed to detailing the most egregious abuses — of students, and finances — by this school.”
“This is an impressive and decisive takedown of a school that is both abusing its students and its budget. What made it so compelling: the level of detail, and the marriage of financial investigation with stories from students and families.”
EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2017 National Awards for Education Reporting.