ARRA-induced Accounting Errors in N.J. School Budgets

Sloppy accounting in New Jersey’s school districts triggered by ARRA funds is the subject of ongoing monitoring by the state’s Department of Education. Acting Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks says only half of the school districts that received funds properly accounted for “jobs saved” one of the Administration’s key measures’ of stimulus performance.

Interestingly, GAO’s most recent assessment of the stimulus in the states shows that a majority of ARRA’s education funds were used for job retention, a goal that conflicts with education officials’ intent of improving schools and teacher performance.