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Special Needs, Troubled Schools

Private special education schools in Massachusetts face greater scrutiny as allegations of abuse and neglect mount.

One school shocks students with disabilities. The FDA is moving to...

A version of this report for NPR Morning Edition originally aired on WGBH News in Boston. Luigi Disisto is a 47-year-old autistic man who lives...

Abuse claims persist for special needs school

Gilberto Toro — 22 years old and severely disabled — was repeatedly whipped by a belt-wielding caretaker two years ago in a group home...

Bill would require Massachusetts to release restraint, abuse data from schools

A bill recently filed in the Massachusetts state house would provide more information to the public about physical restraints and incidents of assault and...

New report: Improve info sharing to lower risks at residential schools

In the wake of alleged abuses at private schools for children with mental disabilities, a new report by the state Office of the Child...

Abuse and neglect reports mount at special ed schools, official says

Massachusetts regulators received 95 reports of alleged abuse and neglect at residential special education schools since July 1, according to the state’s Department of Early Education and Care.

Hearings begin on troubles at special education schools

Top Massachusetts education officials are scheduled to testify at a hearing focusing on questions of abuse, neglect and taxpayer funding of the state’s private special educational schools.

Cash flows via multiple channels to executive at special education school

Payments from the Chamberlain International School to entities controlled by its executive director raise questions of whether he uses the nonprofit for personal gain or misspends public funds.

State lawmaker to examine alleged issues at Middleborough special ed school

Lawmaker will reach out to regulators to learn more about oversight of private schools funded with taxpayer dollars.

Runaways, findings of neglect and abuse cast shadow at Chamberlain school

Special-education institution has been investigated and sued many times.

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