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Thursday, May 08, 2008

CPS audit

Last week, state auditors published the annual financial audit of Cincinnati Public Schools. Here's an accompanying management letter.

The district routinely makes news for its money problems, but auditors found only limited problems with how CPS complies with state budget law and accounting protocol, and how it controls its own spending. Four shortcomings outlined in pages 7-9 of the report indicate potential problems in the future, but didn't cost CPS any money, said Steve Faulkner, spokesman for the state auditor's office.

Assuming you're enough of a wonk to find this interesting in the first place, check the statistical tables at the end for some enlightening tidbits. There, you'll find a list of the 10 largest employers in the CPS district today and nine years ago, average salaries over time, and more.


at 9:00 AM, May 09, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

And your feature story on this positive development will appear when? Buried in the Saturday edition?

Why is it that good news appears on Saturday but bad news appears on Sunday?

at 9:19 AM, May 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story didn't make the Saturday edition, or any other edition as far as I could find.

Way to bury the story, Enquirer! In total keeping with your biased reporting on anything to do with CPS.

Who knew that the education beat would subscribe to the "if it bleeds it leads" philosophy?

at 1:06 AM, May 12, 2008 Blogger Mark Miller said...

Shockingly absurd comments.

CPS routinely has problems, but now auditors find "limited problems" complying with state law. How is that a positive development?

Busted but not fined...Woohoo, let's throw them a party!!

at 9:51 AM, May 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you read the report, Mark, it was four minor accounting things, like having the same department process invoices and payments, which is a fairly common occurrence in my experience. Four "shortcomings" which are being corrected are pretty insignificant in a large organization with such significant financial responsibilities.

When the levy was on the ballot you had said that CPS was making academic progress but its irresponsible financial practices made it impossible for you to support the levy.

So, to recap recent CPS developments that have or have not been covered in the Enquirer:
--no financial irresponsibility
--improved academic outcomes
--upswing in student enrollment

I'm sure those who don't support CPS would not be swayed by any of these to become supporters. But it's the responsibility of the Enquirer to report even the non-news of "we thought there were financial irregularities and it turns out there weren't."

at 3:51 PM, May 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Miller and his wingnut ilk don't even live in the City of Cincinnati, so they can take their comments and stuff them.

at 8:49 PM, May 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when Mark Miller says, "I would vote for the levy but ..." the but includes "I'm not allowed to vote on it"?


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