Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The New York Times

Sharon Otterman reports: “Complaints of tampering with state Regents exams have ballooned since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took control of New York City’s schools, newly released data show, placing in stark relief the conflict between allowing teachers to grade their own students’ tests and raising the stakes on the results.”

Michael Grynbaum notes: “The low-cost bus industry, which has revolutionized transportation for students and other budget-conscious travelers, has racked up an alarmingly high number of fatal accidents and safety violations over the last few years, and regulators are having a hard time enforcing federal safety standards, according to a government study released on Monday.”

David Halbfinger reports: “The Bloomberg administration acknowledged on Monday that it had mismanaged its major information-technology projects, vowing to revamp its oversight of them. The administration said it would not oppose legislation requiring it to alert the City Council when such projects ran into serious problems. The concessions came at a Council hearing called in response to reports of troubled technology projects, including the scandal-plagued payroll system, CityTime, and, most recently, the automated personnel system, known as Nycaps.”

Anemona Hartocollis notes: “New York City will pay the federal government $70 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the city of overbilling Medicaid by improperly approving home care for frail and elderly clients, both parties said on Monday.”

“Gotham” columnist Michael Powell writes about “Camp Cuomo” in Albany.

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