An Internal Revenue Service audit that found Boston district employees being paid off the books, mismanagement in student-activities accounts, and failure to deduct Medicare taxes, has led to the city paying nearly $1 million in penalties. Mayor Marty Walsh and schools Superintendent Tommy Chang declined to comment on the penalties. Walsh earlier said that the practice hadn’t occurred under Chang’s leadership. “I think this [practice] literally goes back almost 20 years.”
The Boston Globe found that Chang kept the audit’s findings secret for about five months—not even telling his school board—and details only began to emerge when a reporter started asking questions.
A version of this article appeared in the December 13, 2017 edition of Education Week as IRS Audit Finds Boston District Paid Employees Off the Books