Pittsburgh Public Schools' Dr. Anthony Hamlet: 'I Have Done Nothing Wrong'

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
May 21, 2019 - 11:41 am

Pittsburgh Public Schools

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet is responding to reports that the district has entered into $14 million worth of contracts without a competitive bidding process.

The State Auditor General is now investigating following reports by KDKA-TV's Andy Sheehan on these education technology contracts.

On KDKA Radio, Hamlet told Lynne Hayes-Freeland:

“Some of the tools I use work,” said Hamlet. “They’re evidence based, they’re researched-based, the question is this, and do the tools work and will the benefit our children? That’s what should matter and I don’t have any personal relationships with any company.”

The school board is investigating a trip to Cuba Hamlet and other administrators took as guests of one of the companies awarded a contract.

 Hamlet says he wouldn’t change any of the decisions he has made at superintendent, “because I have done nothing wrong.”

Parents buying a cap and gown for a graduate at a Pittsburgh high school will do it through a representative from Palm Beach County, Florida. That's where Pittsburgh schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet used to work.

Hamlet said he doesn’t know what companies are being talked about.

“If I used a (company) in Florida, I would definitely bring it here and it vetted with my executive cabinet team if it was used and it showed benefit.”

Pittsburgh taxpayers are often "not getting the best price.” An audit is underway into millions of dollars in school district contracts awarded without competitive bids. Superintendent Hamlet says reports about those contracts “misled the public.”

Listen to the entire interview here:

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