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Audit: Better oversight needed in monitoring universal pre-K

Posted January 12

— An audit recently released by the state comptroller's office calls for better oversight in monitoring New York's universal prekindergarten programs in respect to health and safety.

The Times Union of Albany reports (http://bit.ly/2iJkpaW ) the review found a wide disparity in site inspections, which are left up to the school districts operating pre-K programs or the state Office of Children and Family Services.

Regulations require that the buildings be safe, sanitary and in good condition. They must also comply with all fire safety, health and building codes.

The comptroller's office recommended that the state Education Department develop a system for monitoring inspections. In response, the department is now requiring districts to electronically report issues discovered during site visits.

There are 460 school districts operating state-funded universal pre-K programs in New York.

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