Charter School Operators Siphoning Off Millions of Taxpayer Dollars
Why is this a surprise? Taxpayer dollars should fund public schools, not so-called “charter schools.” Anyone can set up a “charter school” and suck up our tax dollars to fund it, or their a lavish lifestyle.
Public money for public schools. Period. If someone wants to open a “charter school,” fine. Come up with the money on your own.
Release: “A new report released today reveals that fraudulent charter operators in 15 states are responsible for losing, misusing or wasting over $100 million in taxpayer money.”
Summary: “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud And Abuse,” authored by the Center for Popular Democracy and Integrity in Education, echoes a warning from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General. The report draws upon news reports, criminal complaints and more to detail how, in just 15 of the 42 states that have charter schools, charter operators have used school funds illegally to buy personal luxuries for themselves, support their other businesses, and more. The report also includes recommendations for policymakers on how they can address the problem of rampant fraud, waste and abuse in the charter school industry. Both organizations recommend pausing charter expansion until these problems are addressed.