Stacy Lore seemed to be heaven-sent to the Norwalk Board of Education and the families affected by autism in Norwalk, Connecticut. Boasting a doctorate, as well as a slew of skills and behavior analysis talents that could help the children with autism, Lore persuaded the city to give her $150,000 and parents of the children with autism to invest $33,000 in her individualized education services. She has been working since 2007.
After numerous complaints from the parents of children with autism, Lore was finally exposed as a scam artist toting only a high school diploma and no previous experience teaching children with autism. Recently, Lore was arrested and now faces three counts each of first-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and criminal impersonation. The families also blame her for hindering their childrens’ development, and causing irreparable damage.
Perhaps one good thing that has come of this horrible incident is the drafting of a new bill that enforces legislature to ensure therapists are qualified. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Suzanne Letso, CEO of the Connecticut Center for Child Development have drafted the bill and called it, “An Act Concerning Special Education.” The Act will require that all teachers will have a Bachelors Degree in related field, License by the Department of Health OR be certified by the State Department of Education.