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Report: Fraud and Financial Mismanagement in Pennsylvania’s Charter Schools

Release: Report: Pa. Charter School Fraud Totals $30 Million, Education Groups Launch State-by-State Investigation

Summary:
Focused on the state of Pennsylvania, this report finds that poor oversight of the state’s charter schools has enabled fraudulent charter operators to misuse at least $30 million in taxpayer dollars. The report includes recommendations for fixing the situation to guarantee that public money is spent educating students instead of being lost to fraud and mismanagement. We recommend that the state refrain from authorizing new charter schools until these recommendations are met, given the inadequacy of its current oversight system for the existing number of charter schools.

Fraud and Financial Mismanagement in Pennsylvania’s Charter Schools