Auditor General outlines recommendations for fighting fentanyl use in new report

Auditor General outlines recommendations for fighting fentanyl use in new report

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations for federal and state lawmakers designed to reduce the effects that fentanyl has had on Pennsylvania.

 

The recommendations are the result of DePasquale’s new report on fentanyl, a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin that was found in 67 percent of the 5,456 overdose deaths Pennsylvania saw in 2017.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

Recommendation to replace Keystone Exams with SATs sparks concerns among education associations

A recommendation by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to replace the Keystone Exams with the SATs has brought mixed reactions from legislators and education associations. 

At a July 10 press conference, DePasquale outlined recommendations to save Pennsylvania money on the basis that implementing the SATs as the commonwealth’s standardized test would save “at least $1 million annually.” While education associations are not against looking at alternative standardized tests, many have expressed concerns about the validity of the cost estimate and the effects on curriculum and evaluation requirements.
Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Categories: News and Views
DePasquale provides update on Harrisburg School District's road to financial recovery

DePasquale provides update on Harrisburg School District's road to financial recovery

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held a press conference Friday morning where he gave an update on his audit of Harrisburg School districts finances. 

While DePasquale stated that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, there have also been a lot of improvements in the schools. 

Friday, September 13, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Despite class only having been back in session for two days, Pittsburgh Public Schools is heading into the new school year with another unfavorable audit from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

At the end of May, a number of Pittsburgh Public Schools officials, namely Superintendent Anthony Hamlet landed in hot water over an unauthorized trip to Cuba. A month later, a different audit found that the district had failed to secure roughly $2 million in reimbursements due to poor record keeping. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Democrats raise the alarm on the future of the Affordable Care Act

Pennsylvania Democrats raise the alarm on the future of the Affordable Care Act

Cindy Jennings, a mom of two from Lancaster County, says she never realized the struggle that many Americans face in securing health insurance until she had to do it for herself. That realization came when Jennings, a full-time caregiver for her disabled son Matt, was kicked off her husband’s plan following their divorce.

 

Jennings said her saving grace came in the form of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act in February 2015, which gave her the insurance necessary to detect precancerous polyps before they developed into cancer. But Jennings, along with others, worry that the protections provided in the Affordable Care Act may soon vanish if a 20-state lawsuit to upend the law is successful. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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