HARRISBURG — Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and the sponsor of legislation to turn around the state’s most persistently under-performing schools, issued the following statement in response to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s performance audit of the state Department of Education (PDE) and the State Board of Education:
“The Auditor General’s findings validate what we have been saying for a long time: too many schools are failing to make the grade, and accountability is needed at all levels.
“The audit reinforces the need for the fair funding formula recently adopted by the Basic Education Funding Commission to better allocate resources to the areas of greatest need across 500 school districts.
“As a newly appointed member of the State Board of Education, I welcome a discussion about developing and implementing a strategy to help persistently under-performing schools.
“Our ultimate goal is to help the department and board find cost-effective solutions and to help every child in Pennsylvania obtain a world-class education.”
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