May 11, 2016 |
The Philadelphia School District has failed to conduct background checks of all of its police officers and bus drivers, uses unreliable student data and is the victim of a broken state funding structure, according to a performance audit released Wednesday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Besides those key findings, DePasquale said the way the school district handled some 43,000 text books after dozens of school closing in 2013 was "inexcusable" and said the state has the worst charter school law in the country to the detriment of the school district.
November 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Joe Pitts of Chester County, the senior Pennsylvania Republican in Congress, will not seek reelection next year, he announced Friday. Pitts, 76, in his 10th term representing a district that includes parts of Chester, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, said little about his reasons for leaving. He is the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees health policy, but he was slated to lose his gavel in the next Congress due to Republicans' self-imposed term limits on committee leadership.
December 19, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Saddled with escalating debt and declining enrollment, Cheyney University - the nation's first college for black people - is in dire straits that will worsen unless the state takes "drastic action" to rescue the school, the state auditor general said Wednesday. The school's expenses exceeded its revenue in four of the last five years, and its deficit, already $12 million, will grow by an additional $5 million this academic year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a report.
May 14, 2014 |
Oversight of charter schools in Pennsylvania is "a mess," state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has concluded, based on a series of public meetings across the commonwealth. To help clean it up, DePasquale called Monday for creating an independent charter oversight board, restoring charter reimbursements for school districts, and requiring the state to pick up the tab for cyber charter schools. DePasquale, a Democrat, said taxpayer-funded charter schools, which enroll 120,000 students across the state, are here to stay.
April 12, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday his office had begun an audit of the Philadelphia School District to examine finances, school safety, academics, and the impact the loss of state charter-school reimbursement funds had on the district's bottom line. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., who joined DePasquale for the announcement at district headquarters, said he welcomed the review. "When you are challenged financially, like we are, obviously, here," Hite said, "it is extremely important to get as much information from independent third parties as possible about how effectively we are able to use the funds we have at our disposal.
December 22, 2013 |
CHESTER The Chester Upland School District on Friday released hundreds of pages of documents it says prove that Chester Community Charter School was authorized to expand up to the eighth grade, but a group of community critics said the paperwork didn't prove anything. Members of Concerned Citizens for Chester's Children said the documents did not show that the school board held a public hearing, as required, or voted to allow fifth through eighth grades at the charter school, which opened as a K-4 school in 1998.
June 6, 2013
By Keith Eckel I have always been extremely honored to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees. As one of the elected representatives of the agriculture industry, I am keenly aware of the educational mission of our land-grant university. The entire board bears the significant responsibility to be good stewards of that mission and to support the Penn State values of teaching, research, and service. Further, it is our responsibility to oversee a governance structure that supports 96,000 students across 24 campuses, as well as our faculty and staff.
November 27, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - His first love may have been baseball, but for the newly elected state auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, politics runs a close second. DePasquale's late grandfather was a popular, pothole-fixing city councilman in Pittsburgh who got things done the old-fashioned way - backroom deals and favors. Next month at age 41, the three-term Democratic state lawmaker takes office as Pennsylvania's top fiscal watchdog. DePasquale was first elected to the state House in the aftermath of the legislative pay-raise scandal of 2005.
November 15, 2012
NORMALLY any column I write involving our state lawmakers includes phrases such as "greed-heads," "overperked," "morally bankrupt," "shortsighted" or "totally inept. " And the names of lawmakers appearing in such columns are almost always pols to watch out for. This time I have one to just watch. He's Rep. Eugene DePasquale, 41, a Democrat representing Republican York County. He's a Pittsburgh native whose family runs a Squirrel Hill neighborhood bar, the Panther Hollow Inn, and whose paternal grandfather, Eugene "Jeep" DePasquale, was a colorful, outspoken member and later president of Pittsburgh City Council.
November 7, 2012 |
The Associated Press has projected Democrat Robert McCord will be reelected Pennsylvania treasurer. The AP is also projecting Democrat Eugene DePasquale the winner in the state auditor general's race.