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November 20, 2019 - Harrisburg, PA

Auditor General DePasquale: Pittsburgh Public Schools' Board Failing to Properly Control Runaway Travel Costs

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools has failed in its responsibility to control runaway travel costs, a conclusion he reached after a five-month review of district-provided records.

"Fiscal oversight by Pittsburgh's school board appears to be practically nonexistent when it comes to the superintendent's penchant for travel," DePasquale said. "There's been a 179 percent increase in the district's travel budget in only three years - which I find to be outrageous, especially for a district with a nearly $30 million operating deficit," he said, noting that a previous audit showed the district had the highest fund balance in the state only five years ago.

DePasquale said that reining in travel spending might help to offset the need for some of the proposed 2.3 percent increase in the district’s property tax.