DHS touts improvements to ChildLine

DHS touts improvements to ChildLine

The Department of Human Services Thursday announced a number of improvements to ChildLine, its child abuse alert call center, that have had an effect on response and processing times.

 

In addition, the department announced improvements have been made to the background check system that many professionals and volunteers must undergo before being able to interact with children.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Government officials, anti-rape advocates call for action on untested rape kit issue

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was joined by Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-Washington), law enforcement groups, and anti-rape advocacy organizations Wednesday morning to call for action on the issue of the growing backlog of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania.

 

According to a recent special report issued by the Office of Auditor General, which used a mandated report issued by the Department of Health on untested rape kits, there are currently 3,044 untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and a backlog of 1,852 rape kits awaiting testing.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Auditor General shines spotlight on “seriously flawed” PDE charter school payment appeal process

Saying it’s an indictment of Pennsylvania Department of Education processes and what he called “the worst charter school law in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday pointed out problems in the department’s charter school payment appeal process.

 

The payment appeal process is triggered when, after a school district does not pay a charter school the amount it believes it is entitled to under the current formula, the department deducts the disputed sum from the state subsidy due the school district and redirects it to the charter school.

Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

New Division of Charter Schools coming to Department of Education

Gov. Tom Wolf and Education Sec. Pedro Rivera Wednesday announced the formation of a new division within the Pennsylvania Department of Education aimed at accountability and improving quality in charter schools.

 

The announcement said the new Division of Charter Schools will provide technical support and guidance to charter schools to help them increase student performance, parent and community involvement, and ensure financial and academic responsibility.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Auditor General to audit Penn State University

Auditor General to audit Penn State University

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday announced that his office will be starting a performance audit of Penn State University.

 

According to the auditor general, this is the first ever performance audit of Penn State and is quasi-modeled on a performance audit of the University of Pittsburgh.

 

The audit will look at a number of different areas dating back to January 2013 and extending through the audit period, but will focus on the university’s reforms since the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, governance changes, and efforts to control tuition hikes.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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