Response to Washington Post story "Report: Millions of dollars in fraud, waste found in charter school sector"

April 29, 2015

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CCSA submitted the following comment in response to a story posted by The Washington Post, Report: Millions of dollars in fraud, waste found in charter school sector.

Many of the recommendations put forth in this report aimed at addressing allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement of charter public schools are already in place in California law. And in some instances, these recommendations go beyond what would typically apply to traditional California public school districts.

This is not the first time that CCSA has had to respond to a report by the Center for Popular Democracy that was simply inaccurate. This new report rehashes old allegations and fails to recognize the progress made since the original report was released. It refers to examples that are not only dated but that were resolved in a way to prevent further financial issues from arising, since the schools closed or made systemic changes.

In the case of Magnolia Charter Schools, all issues were addressed by the charter school and their authorizer, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Magnolia was renewed recently by LAUSD, following OIG investigation and referral to the state auditor (full results expected in the coming weeks). This positive resolution suggests that protections in law are appropriate to identify, investigate and correct any potential wrongdoing.

Read our response to previous allegations from The Center for Popular Democracy.