Thomas Edison Charter School DEFINITELY Under Investigation By State Auditor

As I trolled through charter school minutes throughout the day, in-between working on another project, and reading with my son, I got to the last one, Thomas Edison Charter School.  Lo and behold, Thomas Edison is under investigation by the Delaware State Auditor.  While it doesn’t give specifics and why they are being investigated, their July 2015 board minutes give no illusion about this matter.  I first reported this in the Spring, and some folks said I am reading too much into it.  Thank you, I know the difference between an investigative audit and a regular audit.

State Audit Update

Auditors are coming to the school during the week of 07/27/15 to begin the audit.  The auditors are requesting the Board meeting be moved back one week to allow them to meet State deadlines and to report findings to the Board.  The Board did not have an objection to the request.

Back in May, the State Auditor’s office revealed during a House Education Committee meeting on House Bill 186 that seven Delaware charters were under investigation, and they were not light matters.  We already knew about Family Foundations Academy and Academy of Dover.  I soon found out, once again based on board minutes, that Providence Creek Academy was another.  And then in June, I discovered two possible other schools: Thomas Edison and Odyssey Charter School.  The State Auditor’s office isn’t able to verify this information.  While I still haven’t been able to confirm Odyssey, Thomas Edison is definitely number four.  The first three were for financial abuse, involving procurement (purchase) cards and actually opening accounts under the school’s name for personal use.  What has Thomas Edison done to incur this inspection?  I’m sure we will find out soon enough.

Once again, what is the DOE doing about this?  I have yet to hear of any action being taken on Providence Creek Academy and Thomas Edison, even though it is now public knowledge.  Both Academy of Dover and FFA were put on formal review in part due to these kinds of things.  And who are the other three charters?  The wheels on the bus go round and round…

To read the actual board minutes from Thomas Edison’s July meeting, look below:

6 thoughts on “Thomas Edison Charter School DEFINITELY Under Investigation By State Auditor

  1. I just don’t read it the same way that you do. Could this not simply relate to the required annual audit? I just don’t see the leap that it is the auditor’s office investigating the school.

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    • It says “State Audit”, they have talked about the State Auditor in prior board minutes last Spring, and the regular annual audit charters do is NOT done by the State Auditor. Maybe you aren’t seeing the “leap” because you don’t want to.

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    • Isn’t this something you should verify with the school before you scream something in a headline?

      I agree with the way WTF reads this. The state requires the charters to have an independent audits each year, then submit the results to the state. Maybe this school calls it “the state audit.”

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      • The school AND the DOE AND the State Auditor knows this information is out there, and has been for quite some time. At any point in time they can contact me and verify or not verify. I’m just going by what is written in THEIR board minutes. There are seven charters being investigated by the State Auditor, and it stands to reason the DOE knows every single one. But instead of informing parents, who choice their kids into these schools, they turn a blind eye to it. Please tell me how that is being transparent? This state’s agencies are getting worse by the day…

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          • You only get to ask me the same question once Ken! Especially without answering my question! 😉 But seriously, in my experience with blogging, most charters don’t tend to get back to me with information so I stopped trying. I’ve gotten yelled at by a few just for asking certain questions. So I don’t bother. I willingly admit this and don’t really care. If they want to put something in their board minutes that is questionable or could easily lead someone to a certain point of view, that’s on them. I’m all for transparency, but to me STATE AUDIT is just that. In charterese, it’s always referred to as their ANNUAL AUDIT.

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