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Weekend in review

Oct 29, 2012 6:40 am
Stories that made the news, Oct. 27 and 28, 2012

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star the state Comptroller’s Office corrected itself Fri. Oct. 26, saying it made a mistake when it earlier denied the office received a request from the town of Stockport for an audit of its finances. The error was attributed to "internal miscommunication." As reported last week, a recent audit by a private accounting firm exposed a $250,000 discrepancy in the town's financial records. Stockport officials said they contacted the Comptroller's Office in Albany and in the Manhattan regional office last week, but never received a response. The Comptroller will now take the request under review. The town has not be audited by the state since 2005. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Rick Karlin reported at Capitol Confidential results of a recent survey by the New York State School Boards Association indicated the state's two percent tax cap is an effective way to get voters to pass school budgets. The association found budgets within the cap had a far greater chance of passing than those that exceeded the cap. They also found voter turnout was higher in districts where an override of the cap was proposed. Read the full post at Capitol Confidential.

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail a group of teachers in the Coxsackie-Athens school district recently unveiled a new elementary English Language Arts curriculum. The materials were fine-tuned over the summer to comply with the Common Core standards that went into effect for kindergarten through second grade this year. The process was intended to make certain the district's reading and writing lessons were in line with what the state wants students to learn, and that both district elementary schools were teaching the same thing. Work on the curriculum will continue throughout the school year. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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