State Auditor http://kplu.org en State Audit Finds Misuse of Wash. College Credit Cards http://kplu.org/post/state-audit-finds-misuse-wash-college-credit-cards <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A new state audit has found Washington university credit cards were used to make more than $225,000 in purchases not allowed by state policies.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Most of the purchases were for alcohol or gifts. And the majority were made by people associated with the University of Washington.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:58:35 +0000 The Associated Press 11754 at http://kplu.org State Audit Finds Misuse of Wash. College Credit Cards State audit calls for automatic background checks http://kplu.org/post/state-audit-calls-automatic-background-checks <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">A new state audit is calling for automatic notifications when someone like a foster parent or childcare worker is suspected of committing a crime any time after they've already passed an initial background check.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The automatic checks are being recommended to improve public safety. State Auditor Troy Kelley says this kind of check-back service is being developed or is already in use in 37 other states.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 19:42:10 +0000 The Associated Press 8691 at http://kplu.org Critics say alternative learning program raises red flags http://kplu.org/post/critics-say-alternative-learning-program-raises-red-flags <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not every student thrives in a traditional classroom, but changing technology and new research on learning mean Washington kids have more alternatives than ever. They can homeschool part-time or go to class online, even if it means enrolling in a district clear across the state. But that’s allowed a whole raft of questionable practices, and set up a dilemma for policymakers.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7601 at http://kplu.org Critics say alternative learning program raises red flags Audit on K-12 health benefits runs afoul of unions http://kplu.org/post/audit-k-12-health-benefits-runs-afoul-unions <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955850.mp3</p><p>Majority Democrats in the Washington Legislature are working to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap. But they&#39;re not likely to implement a change the State Auditor says could save $180 million over the two-year budget cycle, as the idea runs afoul of the powerful teacher&#39;s union.</p><p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:15:48 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 929 at http://kplu.org Auditor zings State Parks in whistleblower investigation http://kplu.org/post/auditor-zings-state-parks-whistleblower-investigation <p>Washington State Parks mismanaged contracts resulting in a “gross waste of public funds.” That’s the conclusion of <a href="http://www.sao.wa.gov/AuditReports/AuditReportFiles/ar1004706.pdf">an investigation</a> prompted by a whistleblower into a project at a state marine park on Puget Sound.</p><p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:15:35 +0000 Austin Jenkins 309 at http://kplu.org