NYC Pre-K Special Education Provider Claimed Nearly $3 Million In Ineligible Expenses

Source: Office of the New York State Comptroller, January 6, 2016

A Brooklyn preschool special education provider, Yeled v’Yalda Early Childhood Center, claimed nearly $3 million in ineligible expenses for reimbursement, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Schools for special needs children must properly account for their use of public funds,” DiNapoli said. “We have found too many schools that fall short of state education requirements, which is why we are auditing preschool special education providers throughout New York. We’ve referred our findings to the State Education Department for recovery of the misspent funds.” … Unlike most other states, New York’s SEIT programs are privately-run, some for profit and some not-for- profit. The programs submit annual financial reports to SED that include their expenses for reimbursement. Yeled, like many SEIT programs, offers other services, but the expenses related to these cannot be reimbursed by the state’s SEIT program. …

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