If NYC Public Schools Were Run Properly - With Transparency and Accountability -Would There Be Enough Money?
There are $ billions of taxpayer money that is simply unaccounted for; shouldnt we try to find it, and establish a system for future accountability, before asking for more?
THE SCHOOL-CORRUPTION BEAST
NY POST Editorial
August 6, 2004 -- Just as a judge is stepping in to force the state's hand in sending more money to the supposedly underfunded New York City school system, compelling evidence of corruption in public-education financing is becoming an issue.
Tuesday, state Comptroller Alan Hevesi announced that his office was launching in-depth audits of four school districts on Long Island.
And more audits will be forthcoming, the comptroller said.
The impetus: The theft of more than $2 million from the wealthy Roslyn school district by its superintendent and a crony.
Hevesi was quick to point out that whatever problems Long Island may have with corruption, they're not unique.
Barely a month ago, Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon found the New York City school system being bilked of almost $2 million by a bunch of principals and assistant principals sitting on ice in a district office (due to a dispute between the Department of Education and their union).
And that was only one of the numerous pay outrages Condon has uncovered so far this year.
And those scandals were only the small fry.
In February, Condon charged that school officials wasted tens of millions of dollars by allowing food vendors to manipulate bids.
Who knows what other financial shenanigans Condon might find if his office weren't also so busy chasing down sex scandals, test-tampering and other mischief?
Or, for that matter, what an investigator looking not just at criminality but at simple bureaucratic waste might find?
Quite a lot, we imagine, in a city with a notoriously wasteful school construction authority and a broken procurement system.
And that's not to mention the cumbersome contracts the city has with its teachers, principals and custodians - all of which force taxpayers to pay too much money for too little work.
It's enough to make one question whether New York City's schools would be underfunded at all - if they were run properly.
Hevesi would do well to take a look at city schools, as well.