Reported in today's Record:
"Governor Corzine will hire outside auditors to investigate waste and fraud in four city school districts, including Paterson, state officials confirmed Wednesday. These cities are already under state supervision, but administration sources say the current auditors -- hired by the local school districts -- have not done a sufficient job in maintaining control and scrutiny of finances. These so-called Abbott districts receive extra state funding through a state Supreme Court order.
Teams of private sector "forensic" accountants will descend on three cities that are under direct state control: Paterson, Newark, and Jersey City. They will also examine the books of Camden."
These four cities are budgeted to receive $1.75 billion in school aid in FY 2007. Apparently it never occurred to anyone previously that professional management, financial integrity, and independent audits might be relevant prerequisites.