Delaware State Auditor Tom Wagner has a lot of explaining to do. And possibly Governor Markell as well!
Things are getting a bit clearer now. On the Kavips blog, Delaware State Representative Kim Williams wrote a comment on Kavips take on the Kathleen Davies situation playing out at the Delaware Auditor of Accounts office. She wrote about how she contacted the auditor’s office last September regarding some concerns she had with a Delaware charter school’s petty cash activity on Delaware Online Checkbook. The report was near completion prior to Kathleen Davie’s abrupt “leave of absence”. Williams even had a comment she approved that would have appeared in the petty cash audit inspection.
Williams emailed Delaware State Auditor Tom Wagner to find out the status of it following Davies’ leave. Wagner told her he stopped the audit and issued letters to all the charter schools instead. Really Wagner? I know which school Williams found on the petty cash situation. When the Charter School of Wilmington wrote in their board minutes that the auditors were there to review their petty cash accounts, I knew something was up. So I checked all the charter schools petty cash activity. Some of them were quite egregious compared to what they are allowed to have in those accounts. But I figured I would wait to see the report before I wrote about it. In other board minutes, CSW board members asked where the audit was and they were going to contact the auditor to find out. I find it very interesting they chose to write about this one particular audit, not once, but twice.
So now we have an elected official voluntarily choosing to cover up information. This makes the very bizarre action against Davies’ look even more suspicious. Who knows what other activity is being “stopped” by Tom Wagner. Lord only knows how much else she found. We also have the woman who was in charge of the Office of Management and Budget involved in this scandal as well. Ann Visalli reported to one man, and one man only… Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell. We have an obvious set-up against Davies with a lot of BIG Delaware power figures involved. I hope her attorney eats them up!
Hey… Tom Wagner… where is the audit on Delaware Met? Where is the audit from the tip I submitted about Academy of Dover and Newark Charter School? What other audits are you cancelling? Why do you keep ignoring emails from constituents like Jack Wells and myself? What do you do all day? Who got you to stop audits showing abuse of taxpayer money? Is there an Indian River audit taking place given the firing of their CFO? Mr. Wagner, do you know what else I’m finding?
Hey, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn… when are you going to announce charges for the charter school employees that were caught? And that Indian River guy? Are you waiting for Markell to leave his post? Or for the statute of limitations to run out on these thieves? I know the FBI are aware of this because I let them know just in case Delaware didn’t. That was in April.
If I were writing a mystery novel about this, hypothetically of course, I would have to name suspects in a crime. Keep in mind this would be a fictional story because no one has been charged with anything (including former charter school employees who were nabbed by the auditor’s office, but I digress). I would have to look at who opposed Kim Williams’ original charter school audit bills. That would be Kendall Massett (Director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network), a lot of House Republicans, Senator David Sokola, Donna Johnson (Executive Director of the State Board of Education), Nitin Rao (the business manager of Newark Charter School), and Democrat State Representative (and Chair of the House Education Committee) Earl Jaques. Oh yeah, Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf voted no on that one too! Chuck Taylor with Providence Creek Academy (also the President of the board over at the Delaware Charter Schools Network and a member of the Charter School Accountability Committee at the Delaware DOE) had parents from his school send emails to the House prior to the vote opposing the legislation. And we can’t forget Ann Visalli! And some guy named Henry Clampitt who was doing work with Kendall’s group also opposed it at the Senate Education Committee meeting on it last January. I would have to imagine many other charter school leaders were not happy about the bill either. This is a big list of whodunit suspects! Did they act in concert in this imaginary thriller? Or did someone fly solo? I can’t wait to write the ending to this mystery! I imagine all these suspects could feel the noose tightening around them right about now. In this fictional story of course!
I sure hope someone was able to get their hands on all those letters sent from Tom Wagner concerning the petty cash audits that went out to various charter schools…