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Auditor general faults Philly schools, SRC for lax management


The Philadelphia School District has failed to conduct background checks of all of its police officers and bus drivers, uses unreliable student-data technology, and is the victim of a "broken" state funding system, according to a performance audit released Wednesday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

In addition to those key findings, DePasquale pointed out two other faults: He called the district's accounting system for unused textbooks after dozens of school closings in 2013 "inexcusable," and pointed out that the School Reform Commission had not conducted timely performance evaluations of Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.

"Financially, the whole system for funding the Philadelphia School District is broken," DePasquale said at a news conference attended by Hite at School District headquarters.

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