Cranston School Committee Approves a Caruolo Action
From today’s Providence Journal:
The School Committee voted late Tuesday night to sue the city for $4.9 million in additional education aid, setting the stage for a costly, bruising legal battle.
The committee became the second in the state this year, after the West Warwick board, to authorize a lawsuit seeking more cash from a local municipality in what is known as a Caruolo action.
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Talk of a Caruolo action has been swirling since the beginning of the fiscal year, when school officials said they could not run the schools with the $125.3 million they got from federal, state and local sources.
The school district has maintained, for months, that it would need something on the order of $4 million more from the city to meet its obligations.
But city officials have long speculated that the school district would be willing to settle for something closer to $2 million in the end.
That speculation, it now seems, was faulty.
Is it too obvious to point out that this could have been avoided if the School Committee had structured budgets and executed contracts that were within the means of the city?