ources told The Examiner that Alvarez & Marsal’s top recommendation will be to give Rhee her own budget authority. The schools’ finances have been controlled by Gandhi’s office for more than a decade.
The recommendation is likely to exacerbate tensions between Fenty’s school reform team and Gandhi. Sources told The Examiner that Rhee has already asked Gandhi to replace the current school finance officer, Pamela Graham, with someone closer to Rhee. The schools are on the “high risk” list for federal funds because of sloppy controls over the spending, and Rhee has said publicly she must change the way business is done at school headquarters.
“Before I can hold people accountable,” she said, “we’ve got to do our job.”
Fenty, who has staked his political career on fixing the stricken schools, took credit for bringing in Alvarez’s audit of the school, one of the first top-to-bottom reviews of the schools’ budget ever, and will be hard-pressed to ignore the firm’s recommendations.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Auditors: Give Rhee control of the budget
Alvarez & Marsal, the independent auditors hired to scrutinize DCPS's finances, are set to recommend that control of DCPS finances should be placed in Chancellor Rhee's hands.