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Auditor general to begin review of Pittsburgh Public Schools

Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

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Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, 1:24 p.m.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Monday announced his office will audit Pittsburgh Public Schools because he is concerned about the district's budget deficit, declining enrollment, drop in state subsidies and growing costs for pension payments and charter school tuition.

DePasquale announced the audit during a news conference with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto at the City-County Building, Downtown.

“We want to do more than simply point out problems,” DePasquale said in a statement. “We want to work with the mayor, city and the community as a whole to ensure that Pittsburgh's school children are provided the best possible opportunities to succeed.”

DePasquale's office said the district paid nearly $50 million to charter schools in the 2011-2012 school year, an increase of almost $10 million from the year before.

No one from the school district attended the announcement in the Mayor's Office.

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