Dumaresq must answer questions or go

Dumaresq must answer questions or go

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By Campaign for a Fresh Start

question marksWith the departure of Ron Tomalis, many questions remain unanswered by Gov. Tom Corbett’s Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq. Since admitting that she and others at the Department of Education “cleanse and delete” emails on a daily basis, Dumaresq has been hiding behind spokespeople, refusing to answer any questions related to the Tomalis affair or departmental email retention policies.

“Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq and Governor Tom Corbett need to explain why Pennsylvania’s laws governing email and record retention appear to have been broken in the Department of Education,” Campaign for a Fresh Start Spokesman Mike Mikus said. “If Secretary Dumaresq is unwilling or unable to answer questions, Tom Corbett should fire her immediately.”

In addition to the email purges, Dumaresq should answer for the fact that Tomalis was apparently doing no work in return for his $140,000 salary while allegedly reporting to her.

This is not the first time Dumaresq has failed to run an open and transparent Education Department. Dumaresq has also established a track record of failing to disclose personal finances as required under the law. Additionally, her department dragged their feet on releasing state school performance scores, only doing so after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was forced to file a Right-to-Know Request.

“There needs to be a full investigation into how Ron Tomalis was able to collect a salary while doing no work and why Tom Corbett’s Education Department is purging emails in violation of Pennsylvania law,” Mikus said. “Based on Carolyn Dumaresq’s track record of obstruction and deflection, she should step forward and answer questions or she should go.”