In an April 21 letter, Deputy Education Secretary Raymond Simon said federal dollars are jeopardized by numerous weaknesses in the school system, including lack of timely audits, poor monitoring of federally financed programs, lack of appropriate documentation for salaries and poor record-keeping on funding of charter schools.And what kind of sanctions is DCPS facing if they don't clean up their system? One remedy is to have an outside board manage the Federal funds, a'la the District in the 90s. The other is the possibility of losing up to one whole percent of their federal fund, which, frankly, seems like a slap on the wrist at best.
"The systemic nature of these weaknesses in DCPS's grants management places the federal funds granted to DCPS at high risk of mismanagement, misuse or misallocation," Simon wrote in the letter addressed to Superintendent Clifford B. Janey. "DCPS cannot expect to improve the performance of its schools unless DCPS puts effective accountability systems in place."
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
DCPS can't manage money
Someone once joked that third world kleptocracies were better run than the District's public school systems. Unfortunately, it appears as if they weren't that far off the mark. According to US Department of Education the District has a "high risk" of mismanaging federal funds, putting them in rare company along with Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.