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Fung: Woonsocket shows need for boosting statewide oversight of school finances

March 22, 2012

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung says the $10 million deficit attributed to Woonsocket’s schools illustrates the need for greater oversight of local school districts.

 “Absolutely,” Fung said today during a taping of RINPR’s Political Roundtable.  “Even Cranston, one of the reasons that Moody’s downgraded us a couple of weeks ago was our school finances — school finances and pensions.”

There has to be more accountability and oversight on the city side of the ledger, rather than just treating us like an ATM  where we’re just funding the schools and that’s it and we have no say.

The very first step, there should be some accountability by the city, so that you have the ability to ratify the teacher contracts — so that it’s just not giving money over.

There’s got to be some expense-side oversight, as well as also more oversight in the day-to-day operations, to see how their budgeted monthly actuals are actually performing.

Roundtable airs Friday during RINPR’s Morning Edition at 5:40 and 7:40, and it can also be heard online.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mister Guy permalink
    March 22, 2012 9:43 pm

    Get rid of all school boards once & for all! This silly kind of political finger pointing between mayors/town managers & city/town councils vs. school boards will never end until that’s done. This same kind of nonsense has been going on in East Providence for too long.

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