Education secretary: Harrisburg’s refusal to submit information ‘unacceptable’


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Department of Education says the Harrisburg School District has an obligation to open its employee records for an audit, and refusing to do so is unacceptable.

Education Secretary Pedro Rivera says the state recovery plan is meant to help the district solve its financial problems by adding resources, including an audit firm.

The state has withheld nearly $11 million in federal funding, claiming the district has refused to submit appropriate information to the Education Department.

“The district’s refusal to submit appropriate information to the department, and its apparent failure to meet appropriate obligations and expectations, are unacceptable,” Rivera said in a statement Friday. “The Department of Education will consider all actions allowable by law to draft and implement a recovery plan that
the students of Harrisburg School District need and deserve.”

Rivera said the district has already received its April federal funding. 

“As the district cooperates with the department’s requests, we are hopeful that we will be in a position to remove the suspension at some point in the future,” Rivera said.

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