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Bill boosts oversight of special education

Lawmakers work to prevent abuses alleged in Billerica

By Michael Rezendes
Globe Staff / January 25, 2012
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Against the backdrop of federal and state corruption investigations, the Massachusetts House yesterday approved legislation designed to increase oversight of the state’s troubled network of 30 educational collaboratives. The bill, which follows Senate approval of a similar measure, stems from a scandal surrounding a Merrimack Valley collaborative, where former Executive Director John B. Barranco siphoned off $11.5 million and used the funds to cover lavish salaries for himself, a former girlfriend, and a close circle of associates.

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