Monday, December 10, 2007

Students sent to troubled Mass. school despite Rhee’s stop order, e-mails show

WASHINGTON (Map, News) - District of Columbia school officials continued to send students to a troubled Massachusetts special education clinic weeks after schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee ordered her agency to cut ties with the center, documents obtained by The Examiner show.

The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Mass., specializes in “aversive” therapy for troubled youngsters like electric shock. It has been the home to dozens of District children for more than a decade, charging D.C. more than $227,000 per child per year.

On Aug. 31, after news reports documented allegations of abuse and neglect at Rotenberg, Rhee ordered her staff to stop referring children there. Yet, on Sept. 13, two more children were sent to the center, e-mails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show. The Examiner

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