York City teachers, who continue to fight the possibility that charter operators could be brought in to run district buildings next year, this week pointed to a report detailing fraud by charter school officials in the state.
The Center for Popular Democracy issued the report, which says there has been $30 million in fraud by charter school officials since 1997. The report suggests there’s a need for improving oversight, saying general audit techniques don’t uncover fraud and that charter oversight agencies are understaffed.
Read more from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the report.
The York City Education Association, the union that represents teachers, on Wednesday followed up with a news release, citing the report as another reason the York City School District shouldn’t bring in charter operators to run schools.
York City is currently considering either bringing in Mosaica Education or Charter Schools USA to run district buildings next year or continuing with an internal reform plan.
The teachers’ union has been urging the school board not to go for charters.
“In light of the latest research, the last thing York City’s students need is to be forced into charter schools run by for-profit firms with their own track records of poor performance and accountability,” Clovis Gallon, a city teacher, said in the news release. He said there are better solutions, “starting with adequate funding of locally controlled traditional community schools.”
He added that an internal plan in place needs to be given an opportunity to work.
Also of interest: If charters are recommended, what happens if board says no?