How to Get Very, Very Rich While Providing Poor Services | Diane Ravitch’s blog

21 Jun

This is a story about a private contractor who figured out how to make big money: open a center to diagnose and treat preschoolers with disabilities.

The state of New York pays for everything, and no one pays much attention to the quality of the services. The state pays for your beautiful new building and even your Mercedes.

So what if you misdiagnose children? Who will know? Then you order yourself to provide very expensive services, which you don’t really provide.

“Some children whose first language was Chinese languished in classes taught in Spanish or Korean. Others who were supposed to receive individual tutoring were thrown into groups of four or more children, all with different types of disabilities.” Some children didn’t have any disabilities but the state was billed for them too.

So what if your revenues grew over a decade from $725,000 a year to $17 million?

That’s business.

via How to Get Very, Very Rich While Providing Poor Services | Diane Ravitch’s blog.

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