"The fact that the auditor general, who is Pennsylvania’s independent watchdog, is pointing to the further evidence of insufficient governance policies is more evidence that the Reading School District needs to get its act together and the board needs to get down to working for the best interests of the children," Schwank said.
The lawmakers cited a January 2012 report by then-Auditor General Jack Wagner, which found that 14 of the district's teachers had been working with improper certification; the district did not properly account or retain records for grant receipts and expenditures; and weaknesses in vendor computer databases could allow for unauthorized changes that could not be tracked.
The Reading School District superintendent, Carlida Purcell, released a statement in response to the auditor general's findings.
"The auditor’s report is certainly not good news, however, we continue to be committed to leading change, leading learning and transforming our district for students success," Purcell said. "It will take a lot of hard work, but it is crucial that we develop a real sense of teamwork and governance for the sake of our students."
The Reading Education Association, the union that represents the district's nearly 1,200 teachers, also responded to the auditor general's findings on Friday.
"We have repeatedly proclaimed that, while teachers must be held accountable for student success, those who make policies and decisions affecting our schools must also be held accountable for providing the resources necessary to attain that success," said Bryan Sanguinito, president, REA.