News in Brief
Pennsylvania Audit Slams State Education Department
Pennsylvania's auditor general last week assailed the state education department as slow to change, beset by apathy, and mired in what he called "bureaucratic ineptness."
In an 81-page report summary, Eugene DePasquale slammed the department for doing little or nothing to help improve 561 schools it identified as low-performing two years ago, not updating its master education plan in 16 years, and letting a former education secretary collect a $140,000 consulting paycheck for essentially doing no work.
A department spokeswoman said officials had reviewed the findings and would be taking steps to implement corrections.
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