House Bill 53: Charters Must Be Audited By State Auditor

Delaware State Rep. Kim Williams introduced legislation that would make Delaware charter schools have to go through the same auditing process as school districts and vocational districts with their yearly audit.  Since 2010, charters have been exempt from being audited by the Delaware State Auditor’s office, currently run by Tom Wagner.

In light of financial improprieties by Family Foundations Academy, Pencader and a slew of other charters that has not yet come into public notice, this bill is timely and important.  The charters have the ability now to hire an independent auditor, but this bill would change all that and would cause the charters to be audited the same way all other public schools in Delaware are required to.

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

7 thoughts on “House Bill 53: Charters Must Be Audited By State Auditor”

  1. This is brilliant legislation! Of course, Rep Williams is pretty onpoint when it comes to introducing pertinent legislation.

    After the “Brewington/Moore Who Can Steal More $$$” saga at Family Foundations, I am suprised that this wasn’t brought up sooner.

    I mean, really….Who cares if Tom Wagner pays his own mortgage??? I don’t! I just want him to catch these bone holes who steal public funds for their own use and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

    (By the way, I believe Moore stole more $$$, if I recall previous DOE reports.)

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  2. Is the Auditor’s office capable of doing this in a timely way? When was the last time that office actually released a report?

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  3. The current auditor’s office lacks the capacity to do this… Essentially they will ask each Charter for a white-washed report and then put a rubber stamp on it…. (It is really plastic) We need a new auditor. When is the next election? Oops. Delaware screwed that one up, bigtime.

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  4. Why would you say that minnehan? An audit is done long after mismanagement occurs it simply shows that it happens. Pencader just like all charters have to have audits. I never heard that Pencader failed to do that audit. Audits don’t substitute for good operations and governance, do they?

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  5. The charter audits, and I have read many, do not have the capabilities of pinpointing financial mismanagement. The reports say as much. With that being said, I would have to say someone in the State, preferably the charter school office at the DOE, should keep very close tabs on where money is going on a monthly basis. Which means looking at Delaware Online Checkbook and the p-card website. If something suspicious comes up, they should call the school and say “Hey, what’s this?” If you don’t keep them on their toes, they will take advantage of it, which is exactly what the folks at FFA did. I spent two days going through their finances and I was able to determine there was mass embezzlement going on. This is something the DOE, as their charter authorizer, should have been doing in the first place.

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