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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Spotlight on Education


State Comptroller DiNapoli has made oversight of education one of the top priorities for his office. He believes taxpayers and parents have a right to know how public dollars are being spent and whether programs are effectively working for students and staff.




Examining Safety Planning

New York’s schools must be better prepared for emergencies and violent incidents. Comptroller DiNapoli had auditors test oversight by the State Education Department and planning in upstate schools and New York City schools and found gaps that must be addressed to keep children and staff safe.

DiNapoli: Audit Finds Major Shortcomings in Oversight of School Safety Planning

DiNapoli Finds Schools Falling Short on Emergency Planning

DiNapoli Audit Finds Gaps in NYC School Safety Planning



Protecting Students from Harassment

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli sitting with young students at a table in a classroom.

There are many programs to reduce and report bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. Audits found New York City and upstate schools underreported what is actually happening in hallways and classrooms.

NYC Schools Underreporting Bullying and Harassment

Some NY Schools Not Reporting Bullying or Harassment



Monitoring Special Education Providers

Comptroller DiNapoli successfully pushed for more oversight of special education providers after his office found a troubling pattern of mismanagement, waste and sometimes fraud by private providers of preschool special education services.

2018 Annual Report on Preschool Special Education Initiative


Auditing School Districts

Hundreds of audits are completed each year of school districts and their financial operations and oversight of mandated programs.

Audit Search Tool


Measuring Fiscal Stress

To identify school districts in stress, the Comptroller’s office gives each school district a financial stress score annually so the public is warned if a school district is showing signs of fiscal problems.

Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Search Tool


Tracking Spending on Open Book New York

Taxpayers can track a school district’s finances including spending, revenues and debt on Open Book New York.

Search Local Government Data