McKevitt In Support Of Strengthening School Accountability

August 14, 2006
In light of recent events on Long Island, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I – East Meadow) is in support of toughening New York’s school accountability laws.

A number of administrators in the William Floyd School District are now accused of overseeing the misspending of some $7.9 million of taxpayers’ funds. This comes following the Roslyn school embezzlement scheme, where the son of Roslyn school district’s former chief financial officer stole $83,000 from the district himself, and another $104,000 in school funds that prosecutors say he and his wife received from his mother,

“We can not let this become an epidemic,” said McKevitt. “We need to put a stop to fraud as soon as possible, and the only way to do that is to strengthen the laws that govern the way our school districts allocate their funds.”

Last year, the Assembly passed the school accountability act, which was later signed into law. While its aim was to oversee spending, it is clear that something more needs to be done, noted McKevitt.

“When next year’s legislative session begins, we need to address this issue as soon as possible,” stated McKevitt. “We need to hold those who are responsible for misspending accountable in order to provide the best education that we possibly can.”