The City of New York’s Department of Education distributes federal funding for supplemental education services to benefit students attending under-performing public schools. This means that approved providers can collect more funding from the government if they increase the number of students receiving their tutoring services. (Now that’s an opportunity for fraud if I ever saw one!) The New York Post reports on one company, which took advantage of taxpayers and collected approximately $14 million for tutoring services that were never provided.
The story states that the bi-coastal tutoring center, located in Manhattan and Los Angeles, boasted endorsements on its website from a former governor, as well as the former chief of schools for both New York and Los Angeles. The company was supposed to provide after-school tutoring services to students attending under-performing public schools within New York City. In reality, the company was forging student signatures on attendance sheets and billing for services that were never received. (This company was supposed to give students an educational advantage, not steal funds and put our students’ futures at an even greater disadvantage.)