The city Education Department failed to keep tabs on $84 million it paid to outside vendors for services to students with disabilities, a new audit charges.
In the report to be released Monday, Controller Scott Stringer shows the city didn’t track payments for services such as physical therapy, speech therapy and psychological counseling in 2016.
As a result, Stringer said, the city made thousands of bad payments for bogus treatments and services, wasting taxpayers’ money.
“Children with special needs deserve nothing but the best,” Stringer said. “But between the shoddy oversight and duplicative payments, it’s clear the Department of Education isn’t delivering.”