Last Friday, Delaware State Rep. Earl Jaques responded to a post I put up on Facebook concerning the Delaware State Auditor’s office. One of his replies was news to me as well as everyone else I asked about this reveal. Continue reading
Tom Wagner, the elected Delaware State Auditor, issued a new September 30th inspect report from his office today. The original report, issued on May 4th of this year, was conducted by Kathleen Davies who was put on leave in Mid-May. Oddly enough, this report does not even appear on the state website but this was emailed to many state employees and legislators this morning.
I am presenting both the new report and the original so readers can compare the two.
To view the original point, go below:
In comparing the two documents, there are significant changes. Missing in the new report is a letter from Thomas Wagner to Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky. In the new report there is a new Appendix where the auditor’s office gave each charter school or district that received a finding to respond to the initial report issued on May 4th. There are key edits of certain sections. Especially when it revolves around the Delaware Department of Education. The changes appear to fluff up the DOE in certain instances. Almost as if the DOE had editing power over an audit approved by the State Auditor.
I resent this whole new report and the attempt to demean Kathleen Davies. No logical explanations have been provided by anyone on her situation. This smear campaign by the State Auditor’s office and the Office of Management and Budget needs something more than some bogus explanation provided by Ann Visalli. Wagner needs to step up for his employee who did her job faithfully for many years. Instead, just this new report alone looks like he is majorly kissing up to the Delaware DOE, led by Secretary Godowsky, who serves at the pleasure of Governor Markell.
It turns out the Delaware State Auditor’s office is investigating the September 30th Enrollment Counts at certain charter schools in Delaware. Which ones? How about ALL OF THEM!!! Schools were notified in November that the Auditor of Accounts would be coming for a visit. They started going to the charters the past couple months. How do I know this? A few charters actually told me. But my question would be this: why would the auditor’s office announce they were coming ahead of time? Isn’t the point of an audit investigation that it takes you by surprise?
“September 30th Procedures.” The above picture came from Positive Outcomes board minutes from November. All schools in Delaware are required to submit their enrollment counts on September 30th of each school year. This determines the unit-based funding for special education children in Delaware. If ALL the charters under investigation by the auditor, is this for their special education counts or their TOTAL counts? This could be a VERY interesting report when it comes out! I went to the state auditor’s website, and I saw NO reports from the last three fiscal years on any type of September 30th count investigation.
Newark Charter School already had their audit done. I have to wonder why all of them are being investigated. I know Delaware Met’s numbers were in some flux for a while there. But ALL of them? I would have to imagine if ANY charter school in Delaware is reporting false numbers that would have a huge impact on their funding. As well, it is the law. But if they are fudging around with special education numbers…that’s federal as well! IDEA-B funding comes from federal coffers, and you DON’T want the feds coming after you for that kind of fraud!