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Mass. Holds Hearing On Educational Collaboratives

The Joint Committee on Education will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the issue of educational collaboratives in Massachusetts.

The Wednesday hearing follows the release by State Auditor Suzanne Bump of audits looking at three collaboratives: the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative, the Southeastern Massachusetts Education Collaborative, and the READS Collaborative.

Bump said her office found millions of dollars potentially misspent and has called for ramping up state oversight of agencies that provide special education services.

The Merrimack audit identified more than $37 million in questionable or undocumented expenses in fiscal years 2008-2010. The former head of the collaborative hasn't commented publicly.

A separate audit found the READS Collaborative violated state pension laws by paying as much as $118,000 in excessive compensation to its former chief. The new head has said they are addressing the concerns.

This program aired on September 28, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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