May 29, 2009
DiNapoli: Eight Long Island School Districts Getting it Right in Providing Special Education Services
Eight school districts on Long Island all complied with statutory and regulatory requirements for students referred for special educational services, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
DiNapoli’s auditors examined the individual education programs at Baldwin, East Islip, Massapequa, North Shore, Northport-East Northport, Plainedge, Sachem and Syosset school districts after State Senator Carl L. Marcellino requested the audit.
“In these difficult fiscal times, it is crucial that we ensure that every penny of every tax dollar is being spent wisely,” Marcellino said. “The results of this audit show that Long Island schools are providing the type of special education services that the students and their parents deserve. Comptroller DiNapoli should be applauded for being a persistent champion for both students and taxpayers.”
School districts are required to follow certain federal and state laws and regulations when they provide services to children with disabilities. The audit, which covered July 2005 to May 2008, found that the districts all complied with these laws and regulations.
Specifically, DiNapoli’s auditors found the districts:
The audit’s only recommendation stated that the districts should keep a log of the special education services provided to each child by district personnel and other providers to readily demonstrate that each student received his or her prescribed services.
District officials agreed with the audit’s recommendations. Click here to view the audit.
To view the individual school audits:
School District Accountability