Cuomo’s education plan goes too far

first_imgGov. Andrew Cuomo is obsessed with trying to dictate what happens in public. For some reason, I believe because teachers’ unions don’t back him in elections, Cuomo is driven to try to micromanage the public school system in New York state. His latest foolhardy plan would require school districts to file spending reports directly to his office. This is nothing more than busy work and wasted time on the part of school administrators because such a report would be redundant at best. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion First, school aid isn’t a blank check. Aid is categorized (i.e., transportation, textbooks, technology, building,  etc.) and can’t be spent outside of the designated areas. Thus, schools can’t buy bus tires with aid earmarked for computers. Secondly, state education law already dictates that school budgets be subjected to internal audits in a monthly basis and external audits annually. The external audit isn’t only mandated for report to the state each year, it’s also a matter of public record and must be available to the public on demand.The latest plan for Cuomo meddling is foolish because school budgets are already the most scrutinized of any government spending plans. School budgets are the only budgets, not only in the state of New York but in the nation, that must be approved directly by a positive vote of the entire electorate invoked on an annual basis. I wonder how city, county and state budgets would fare in that arena.John MetalloSlingerlands The writer is a retired teacher, principal and superintendent of schools.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img