Auditor General Says PPS District Travel Findings Not Racially Motivated

Report says travel spending is up 179 percent since Dr. Hamlet was hired in 2016

Marty Griffin
November 21, 2019 - 10:52 am

Credit: Commonwealth Media Services

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is defending his findings on Pittsburgh Public Schools’ travel expenses.

Wednesday’s report found that under Superintendent Anthony Hamlet, annual travel spending grew to over $19 per student, compared to $1 per student in the significantly larger Philadelphia district.

On KDKA Radio, DePasqaule tells Marty Griffin his office conducts thousands of audits each year.

“About 90 percent of them are clean audits, the entity's doing the right thing, 10 percent of them aren’t that’s just the fact and the reality is their travel budget under his leadership is significantly bloated.”

DePasquale maintains he has no personal interest in the audit’s results. ​

Asked the auditor general about accusations of racist motivation behind the report:

“It’s absurd, there’s African American, Hispanic and Caucasian superintendents, male, female, all over Pennsylvania,” said DePasquale. “This is the only one that has been called out like this because the numbers don’t lie.”

The report found travel spending is up 179 percent since Hamlet was hired in 2016 while the district operates on a 30-million-dollar deficit. ​

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