DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School

DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services announced Monday the emergency removal of the remaining students at Glen Mills School. 

The Delaware County residential education school for juvenile delinquents currently houses 107 students, 64 from in-state. Some counties and states have previously removed their assigned students after reports of abuse and cover-ups came to light. 
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Auditor general paints grim financial picture of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Auditor general paints grim financial picture of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released results Thursday of his recent audit into the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), painting a harrowing picture of the agency’s financial state and the uphill battle the commission faces in sustaining the turnpike while also keeping it affordable for travelers.
 
DePasquale pointed to financial barriers the commission is facing — including $11.8 billion worth of debt and annual payments to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) of $450 million for non-turnpike projects — as catalysts for the commission’s dismal financial picture and rising toll costs.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale praises progress, but criticizes financial mistakes in Wilkinsburg school district

DePasquale praises progress, but criticizes financial mistakes in Wilkinsburg school district

Since 2013, the Wilkinsburg School District has been on Pennsylvania’s financial watch list. According to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale despite the additional oversight the district entered into a risky tax collection agreement that cost saddled them with even more debt.

“My audit found the school district bundled its delinquent real estate taxes into a payday-type loan, which is akin to gambling with public money,” DePasquale said. “That deal should never have happened.”

Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Auditor General: Officials in 18 counties accepted gifts from voting machine manufacturers

Auditor General: Officials in 18 counties accepted gifts from voting machine manufacturers

As counties across the state work to comply with a mandate from the governor requiring new voting machines, the state auditor general announced Friday at least 18 counties reported accepting gifts from election equipment vendors dating back to 2013. 

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the report found four companies feted county election officials with gifts ranging from travel to amusement park tickets to free food and drink. The inquiry was launched after it was revealed last year that the top elections official in Luzerne County accepted a Las Vegas trip from manufacturer Election Systems and Software.
Friday, February 22, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
VIDEO: DePasquale announces 244,000 students attend schools that lack proper child abuse reporting laws

VIDEO: DePasquale announces 244,000 students attend schools that lack proper child abuse reporting laws

Last fall, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale began checking school districts to see if they had updated their policies on reporting child abuse, and since then there have been 38 districts that have implemented new policies or updated their old ones. 

While 38 schools have implemented or updated their policies, DePasquale stated that there are still 244,000 students across the state who are in school districts without updated policies. One district, Susquenita School District in Perry County, was reported to have no policy in place as of February 1, 2019. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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