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Feb. 21, 10 a.m.School officials nationwide dodge accountability ratings by steering low achievers to alternative programs. In Orlando, Florida, the nation’s tenth-largest district, thousands of students who leave alternative charters run by a for-profit company aren’t counted as dropouts.
Feb. 21, 9:59 a.m.Which districts have large numbers of students in alternative schools, and where are those schools potentially problematic?
Feb. 21, 9:58 a.m.Using federal and local data, ProPublica examined how some alternative schools shortchange students and at times become a silent release valve for schools straining under the pressure of accountability reform.
Nov. 2, 2016, 7 a.m.A video shows a healthy 15-year-old going into her bedroom at a for-profit AdvoServ facility. Thirty-two minutes later, she had no pulse. Nobody’s saying what happened.
Oct. 13, 2016, 6:59 a.m.After unannounced inspections revealed deficiencies, Maryland stopped placing young people at Delaware facilities owned by AdvoServ.
Sep. 20, 2016, 2:56 p.m.The 15-year-old was a resident at a Delaware facility owned by AdvoServ, which has faced decades of reports of abuse.
Aug. 15, 2016, 7 a.m.Podcast: ProPublica’s Heather Vogell talks to Indianapolis Star reporters who uncovered how the country’s main gymnastics organization ignored warnings of abuse.
July 11, 2016, 7 a.m.Podcast: ProPublica’s Annie Waldman talks about what makes New Jersey’s student loans so onerous.
June 27, 2016, 7 a.m.Podcast: Former ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones talks about her New York Times Magazine story on sending her daughter to a segregated school.
June 24, 2016, 9:15 a.m.After years of reports of abusive treatment, Florida is moving residents out of Carlton Palms.
April 26, 2016, 1:15 p.m.The government questions whether The Judge Rotenberg Center has been straight with families about the risks of its electrical shock devices and alternative treatments.
Feb. 17, 2016, 11:52 a.m.Florida legislators are looking to end a “monopoly” written into state law that benefits AdvoServ, a for-profit company with a history of abuse at its facilities for disabled residents.
Dec. 11, 2015, 10:55 a.m.It took one mother seven years to learn that the for-profit school she trusted with her son had strapped him down again and again, one time after not picking up his Legos.
Dec. 10, 2015, 12:02 p.m.While evidence of abuse of the disabled has piled up for decades, one for-profit company has used its deep pockets and influence to bully weak regulators and evade accountability
Feb. 10, 2015, 12:38 p.m.Many schools in the state still have no policies or rules around pinning kids down.
Jan. 8, 2015, 4:45 p.m.Under new rules, Massachusetts schools will not be allowed to use certain techniques to restrain or isolate students as frequently and will have to report all restraints and injuries.
Dec. 23, 2014, 9 a.m.New York City kids make up the vast majority of the students at Massachusetts’ infamous Judge Rotenberg Center, and keep getting sent there despite repeated evidence of abuse.
Aug. 11, 2014, 10:06 a.m.Investigators found that children were being regularly pinned down or isolated and that their education was suffering as a result.
June 25, 2014, 9:45 a.m.Republicans say it is a matter of states' rights.
June 19, 2014, 4 a.m.Many states have little regulation or oversight of such practices. This map shows where your state stands.
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