Fraud, Waste, and Lies: Charter Schools Cheating Communities Out of Millions of Dollars


Humboldt County Democrats

New report warns that, due to lack of oversight, ‘vast majority of the fraud perpetrated by charter officials will go undetected’

— by Sarah Lazare, staff writer

CharterFraud “Charter schools act like they have a ‘get out of accountability free’ card,” said Jonathan Stith, spokesperson for the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. (Image courtesy of report)

Accepting and soliciting bribes. Diverting public funds for personal profit. Lying about the number of students. These are just a few examples of the fraud and malfeasance committed by charter school officials—cheating communities out of millions dollars that were supposed to go to education, a new report finds.

The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse (pdf) was released Tuesday by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).

It concludes that, in 15 states alone—a third of states with charter schools—such waste…

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