By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released a special report on the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ remote learning and device distribution plan for this school year.READ MORE: Pa. Attorney General Trying To Block Republicans From Using Envoy For Election Audit
Pittsburgh Public Schools were closed in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic while still providing all students with education via remote and virtual learning.
The district ordered more than 23,000 devices, enough for each student and teacher.READ MORE: Whitehall Man Sentenced To Prison For Threatening To Blow Up Government Buildings
However, as of October, the district is still waiting on 6,000 of those devices, which were set to arrive this month.
Controller Lamb’s audit found the district paid more than $10.7 million for the devices and has only been reimbursed $1.7 million through CARES Act funding.
“This crisis is putting local school districts in a tough spot when it comes to balancing their budgets”, said Lamb. “Making sure the state follows through with reimbursements for the district’s purchases is imperative to avoid painful budget cuts that could hurt students’ ability to get a quality education.”MORE NEWS: Investigation Underway After Several Cats Found Dead And Possibly Tortured In Pittsburgh
The full report from the city controller can be found on the city website.