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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:15 AM
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Auditors Reproach Calif. Charter Schools
Auditors Reproach Calif. Charter Schools
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press Writer

August 10, 2006, 12:41 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A chain of charter schools overcharged the state more than $57 million over three years, reimbursed its top executives for expensive SUVs and paid thousands of dollars for employee parties at Disneyland, a state audit released Wednesday found.

Jack O'Connell, superintendent of public instruction, said he will seek to ensure that the state is reimbursed by the for-profit Opportunities for Learning and the nonprofit Options for Youth schools. He has sent the audit to Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who may pursue legal action.

The eight schools and more than 40 independent-study satellite centers serve students who otherwise would quit school or fail, said Kerry Mazzoni, spokeswoman for the schools.
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Auditors found the charter schools transferred $10.8 million to a corporation run by the daughter of husband-and-wife owners Joan and John Hall. That corporation is not subject to state education laws.
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http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-cha...
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:34 AM
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1. Privatization at its best. n/t
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rfranklin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:24 AM
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2. This is criminal (and demonstrates why there should be no
no charter schools, no vouchers, and no privitization.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:46 AM
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3. That's not true. There are some very good non-profit charter schools
Many are located in inner cities such as LA and take the kids that are "pushed out" of public schools who fear they drag their test scores down. Some are using newer education models than the ones used currently by private schools and are seeing success in kids that no one believed would succeed. If the public school system is going to give up on kids from lower socioeconomic statuses and some charter fill the void, they should not be grouped in with those schools that exist (such as the one cited in the article) simply to loot the system.
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3dman Donating Member (90 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:21 PM
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5. Given the not so good results much of the
public schools in CA are achieving, such as a 50% drop out rate in LAUSD, I don't think the state super. should be crowing very loudly. There are some problems with charter schools, but most perform quite well.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 11:50 AM
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4.  That corporation is not subject to state education laws.
Why the hell not if they receive Government education funding? More corruption in the making I am sure.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:35 PM
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6. will the President of the system flee and be chased down
by soccer moms like Edison Schools'?
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