Following the revelations, Mirviss said he was “shocked” to learn this was a systematic practice. “It's obviously a sign of serious problems,” he said. “The government...should not be selling false illusions to foster kids.”
Pointing to court filings showing the Department of Social Services has failed to meet educational provisions of a recent consent decree; Mirviss said the department has not made education a priority. According to Mirviss, part of the departments struggles with educational issues stems from the high percentage of older children in the department’s care who want to make their own life decisions. In a court filing earlier this year, the department claimed to monitor 89% of foster children educational progress. Mirviss disputes that number because the department did not specify how it monitors children in its care.