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20 days ago

Senior Accountant

Educational Services of America Nashville, TN

of this position include, but are not limited to: • Develops monthly financial statements for assigned locations. • Prepares/enters journal… CareerBuilder

30+ days ago


Educational Services of America Columbia, SC +5 locations

• Developing and monitoring behavior support plans and individualized treatment plans • Completing progress reports • Analyzing data • One… CareerBuilder

24 days ago

Accounts Payable Specialist

Educational Services of America Nashville, TN

include, but are not limited to: • Processing Accounts Payable for assigned schools. • Keying all batched invoices into the Accounts Payable… CareerBuilder

30+ days ago

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Educational Services of America West Columbia, SC

EAP is a division of Educational Services of America (ESA), the nations leading private provider of alternative and special education schools and… CareerBuilder

28 days ago

Long Term Substitute Teacher

Educational Services of America United States


30+ days ago

Special Education Teacher-Revere MA

Educational Services of America United States


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Special Education Teacher-Countryside IL

Educational Services of America United States


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    Good intentions but poor execution.

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    A steady but small paycheck.


    It is nearly impossible to provide quality services to students due to the inefficiency and incompetence of some people at this organization. The program sold to school districts and parents is a far cry from the reality at the school sites. ESA/Spectrum's main goal is selling and retaining contracts rather than acting in the best interest of the student. Much of the day is spent on behavior management rather than learning because ESA/Spectrum is not concerned with whether the program is an appropriate placement for the child once the contract has been signed. As a result, academic data and grades are often "adjusted" in order to keep up appearances.

    Poor compensation, long hours and lack of training and support result in burn-out among many staff members. Many students exhibit violent behaviors however, physical restraint is often used to gain compliance from students, though I cannot say whether this is due to the burn-out, lack of training or the fact that ESA/Spectrum does not pay enough to attract highly qualified candidates. Job titles mirror those found in the public school programs but the level of education required is vastly different. For example, Behavior Specialists for Spectrum do not need more than a high school diploma and are basically glorified bouncers.

    When an attempt is made to provide academic instruction, the effort is impeded because classrooms regularly run out of necessary supplies, such as paper and pencils.

    Middle management is far from transparent and often asks leadership at the site level to withhold information from or intentionally misdirect staff.

    The leadership at the higher levels and the majority of the employees at the individual school sites seem to truly want to help students. It's unfortunate but something goes wildly wrong somewhere in the middle and the result is a program that I would never consider placing my child in, no matter how severe his or her special needs. All of these factors combine to create a culture that is very fear-based where employees focus on surviving the day with no major incidents in order to keep their jobs.

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    Many of the problems experienced by the school sites could be completely avoided if middle management were more competent and honest. Vice Presidents should be held accountable for their actions and professionalism and that is currently not the case.

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