Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pps Worked Hard on Fiscal Sustainability

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pps Worked Hard on Fiscal Sustainability

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Regarding "Empty Warnings: The City Schools Must Keep Better Track of Revenue" (Dec. 21 editorial):

The Pittsburgh Public Schools kept great track of its revenue. "Keeping track" is accounting. Predicting the course, with the myriad complex factors that impact both revenue and expenditures, is far more challenging.

In addition to district projections of revenue and expenses, five other accounting organizations, over the past five years, confirmed our bleak prognosis. So we went to work to take hold of our future; after having seen the fate of other districts, as they fell into "distressed status," we did not want to land there.

Yes, the revenue increase helped, but the real effort was making the often difficult decisions necessary to decrease our budget deficit. …

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