State Should Do More To Ensure Student Safety, Comptroller Says

State Should Do More To Ensure Student Safety, Comptroller Says

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New York's comptroller says the state isn't doing enough to make sure students are safe in schools.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state Department of Education did not do enough to make sure school districts were meeting requirements of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act.

A state audit released Tuesday reviews education oversight from September 1, 2016 through September 27, 2018.

DiNapoli said auditors found that the department didn't ensure schools have adequate and up-to-date safety plans.

The audit says that the education department hasn't reviewed the planning information it's received from districts and hasn't checked if districts are complying with other aspects of the law.

DiNapoli said that without oversight, there's a risk districts could misinterpret school safety plan requirements.

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