CCSA Responds to Superintendent Torlakson's Audit of California Virtual Academies

June 24, 2016

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On June 23, 2016, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that the California Department of Education contracted with the State Controller's Office to conduct an audit of California Virtual Academies (CAVA) and related charter schools because of serious questions raised about a number of their practices. The following is CCSA's response to the audit.

CCSA believes all charter public schools should be held to high standards of academic and operational accountability. State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) Tom Torlakson has asked the State Controller's Office to conduct an audit of California Virtual Academies (CAVA) because of serious questions raised about a number of their practices. We are supportive of an audit that evaluates CAVA in terms of their performance, fiscal, and governance issues. We believe Superintendent Torlakson is taking a prudent approach to investigating these claims. We trust that CAVA will comply with the audit. Because the audit is not expected to be completed until March 2017, our expectation is that CAVA will continue to provide educational services to the families and students they currently serve. As the audit is conducted, we are confident CAVA will be afforded appropriate due process.

CCSA is committed to the view that charter schools should be operated as non-profit organizations. We would be supportive of legislation that is carefully crafted, does not have an adverse impact on the existing non-profit charter school sector, and ensures no for-profit corporation would directly operate or control the operations of a charter school in the state of California.