Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Saying it’s an indictment of Pennsylvania Department of Education processes and what he called “the worst charter school law in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday pointed out problems in the department’s charter school payment appeal process.

 

The payment appeal process is triggered when, after a school district does not pay a charter school the amount it believes it is entitled to under the current formula, the department deducts the disputed sum from the state subsidy due the school district and redirects it to the charter school.

Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Sec. Pedro Rivera Wednesday announced the formation of a new division within the Pennsylvania Department of Education aimed at accountability and improving quality in charter schools.

 

The announcement said the new Division of Charter Schools will provide technical support and guidance to charter schools to help them increase student performance, parent and community involvement, and ensure financial and academic responsibility.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General to audit Penn State University

Auditor General to audit Penn State University

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday announced that his office will be starting a performance audit of Penn State University.

 

According to the auditor general, this is the first ever performance audit of Penn State and is quasi-modeled on a performance audit of the University of Pittsburgh.

 

The audit will look at a number of different areas dating back to January 2013 and extending through the audit period, but will focus on the university’s reforms since the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, governance changes, and efforts to control tuition hikes.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Auditor General DePasquale discusses the three categories of improvements for the DOH

Auditor General DePasquale discusses the three categories of improvements for the DOH

Auditor General DePasquale discussed the 13 findings from the 91-page audit of the Department of Health's (DOH) oversight of nursing homes at a press conference Tuesday morning. 

DePasquale is confident that changes being made in the DOH would lead to an improvement in the quality of care residents are receiving.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Budget loop remains open

Budget loop remains open

Lawmakers are still working to complete a revenue package for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and in this video The PLS Reporter takes a look at the prospects for a quick conclusion to this year's budget.

Thursday, July 7, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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