Is it time for an audit of the Philadelphia Government School District?
Pennsylvania state auditors are delving into the School District of Philadelphia’s finances and operations, paying particular attention to the district’s response to suggested corrective actions from previous years. Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the process is already underway and the audit will cover the school years from 2009 to 2012.
DePasquale said the biggest areas of concern are financial stability and school safety. For instance, auditors previously recommended Philadelphia schools implement an independent safe schools advocate at the expense of the state Department of Education.
Since 1987, the district has raised red flags. In 2011, auditors found that the schools were unable to verify attendance data, which is problematic in accounting for state subsidies based on enrollment.