Baltimore Schools Audit Alarms State, City Lawmakers

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

State and city lawmakers sharply criticized the Baltimore school system Monday after a searing audit called attention to a lack of oversight on school spending.

Elected officials said they were deeply concerned by the preliminary audit report, which showed that the system failed to collect millions of dollars of debts, could not substantiate the bulk of overtime payments, and paid contracts and bills without verifying them.

"There needs to be accountability in the school system," said Del. Keiffer Mitchell, a Baltimore Democrat whose two children attend city schools. "It's a folly to continue going down this road."

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