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Pa. to audit Philadelphia School District

By the Notebook on Apr 10, 2014 04:18 PM
Photo: Emma Lee/NewsWorks

Philadelphia School District headquarters

by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale met with Philadelphia schools Superintendent William Hite at District headquarters Thursday to announce that his office had begun poring through the District's multi-billion-dollar budget.

The audit will include accounts of the District's academic performance, financial stability, school safety, and administrative governance, DePasquale said.

"The goal of the audit is to help the entity that we're auditing, in this case that's the Philadelphia School District," he said. "Who are we really trying to help?

"The kids and the families and the taxpayers of the area. Some of that may end up being criticism, some of it may be praise, but that's the goal of the audit."

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Comments (23)

Submitted by Urban Teacher (not verified) on April 10, 2014 6:33 pm
"Dump the Gleason" We'll save millions!!!!!!!!
Submitted by anon (not verified) on April 10, 2014 6:25 pm
who's going to be doing the "perp walk"? guess they'll all finger arlene now.
Submitted by XN (not verified) on April 24, 2014 8:54 am
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Submitted by Jq (not verified) on April 24, 2014 10:14 am
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Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on April 10, 2014 6:05 pm
Thank you Auditor General DePasquale. The people of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania deserve a definitive answer to our questions about the budget and where our money is being spent. It is time to lay it all out on the table so we all can see. We are all in this together and we need openness, transparency and above all -- honesty.
Submitted by Darryl Johns (not verified) on April 10, 2014 7:10 pm
The Auditor General is going to audit the financial stability of the SDP? Have they read the papers in the last year? The SPD is grossly underfunded and this adversely affects areas like school governance and academic performance. We don't need an audit to show the problems caused by the lack of resources. What's the political deal here? This action has a distinct smell.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 10, 2014 7:19 pm
Whenever we have a crisis, we do another study. It will take a year and $80 an hour. We don't have the time or the money. The teachers teaching conditions are the students learning conditions. Fix it!
Submitted by Education Grad ... on April 10, 2014 8:56 pm
So will there be audits of every charter school in Philadelphia as well? And for how many years will the audit of the SDP cover?
Submitted by tom-104 on April 10, 2014 8:24 pm
The Daily News says the audit will cover 2008 to 2012 and will look at "whether the 200,000-student district took "appropriate corrective actions" to address findings released in a March 2011 audit report and its special audit last year of former superintendent Arlene Ackerman's contract buyout.
Submitted by Seth Kulick on April 10, 2014 8:53 pm
It would be interesting to have an audit of the school district's debt, in terms of how much of the debt is the result of policies and decisions that were effectively beyond democratic control. Perhaps a local version of the notion of "odious debt"
Submitted by Urban Teacher (not verified) on April 10, 2014 8:48 pm
"Figures don't lie. Liars figure"
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 11, 2014 6:26 am
Goodbye 440. This will be the excuse to get rid of all of you and contract out your jobs. It is now your turn in the barrel.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 11, 2014 8:14 am
Doesn't the School District have its own auditors? Where are they?
Submitted by tom-104 on April 11, 2014 9:47 am
And what about City Controller Alan Butkovitz? He wouldn't cost $80 an hour for a year I don't think. He told City Council this week that he has not been able to audit the School District since the state takeover in 2002.
Submitted by Me (not verified) on April 11, 2014 10:25 am
Where are you getting $80 an hour. The state auditors are salaried state employees . There is a specific office within the AG office for school audits. Every school district sees them every 3-5 years.
Submitted by tom-104 on April 11, 2014 11:58 am
It is in this article. Follow the Newsworks link.
Submitted by Me (not verified) on April 11, 2014 11:32 am
I missed that part, but I don't see how it costs $80 an hour unless they are using 6 - 8 auditors from the AG's office? Which I guess is feasible with how big the district is.
Submitted by Geoffrey Winikur (not verified) on April 11, 2014 12:49 pm
Are they going to audit the handshake deal that gave Kenny Gamble a brand-new $40 million dollar school?
Submitted by Me (not verified) on April 11, 2014 12:42 pm
I would hope so, but as a parent I get so discouraged that I try not to get my hopes up about anything anymore.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 11, 2014 12:16 pm
More wasted time and money. It's sickening that all politicians and incompetent SDP leaders do is waste lots of money on studies, investigations, reports, audits, recommendations, and on and on. Save all that money and ask the people working and in schools daily, such as, teachers, aides, security people,students and other staff. Why does it take so long for a study or audit like this to get done anyway? Come on over a year to come to a conclusion that the leaders, SRC, superintendents, and politicians wasted tons of money in the SDP as well as gross mismanaged the District for years with NO consequences ever. Now Green, SRC, Hite, Nutter, Corbett, etc. they try to punish the teachers and staff for their mistakes and cronyism by trying to force a pay cuts ,benefit reductions, and work rules that will not help the situation one bit . A bunch of self -serving, greedy, non-caring, mean -spirited, incompetent, just there for power and their salaries officials making decisions at the SDP. Move aside and put real decision makers in there that are fair and decent and can build morale among students, teachers, and staff.
Submitted by Audit Murphy (not verified) on April 13, 2014 12:50 pm
Several years back I told the 440 posse about my principal lying about missing EC money. Their answer was to turn my email over to the principal who tried to have me removed. When I threatened to go public with this news the district advised the principal to retire.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 11, 2014 2:59 pm
o joy,its about thell find out where all the bodys are buried.hey 440 be afraid,be very afraid....smmfho
Submitted by Morrie Peters (not verified) on April 13, 2014 9:25 pm
If Mr. Depasquale is in bed with Tommie C. and Dom Pileggi guess what his audit will not figure out: Charter schools are complete and utterly inefficient use of limited resources. These idiots are the greasiest.

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