Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced seven arrests and indictments stemming from misuse of funds at the Department of Health and Social Services. Meanwhile, several charter leaders and employees still haven’t been arrested for crimes involving school funds. This has gone on way too long! I’m not buying any more excuses on this. We’ve all seen the audits. We’ve seen the articles. Why aren’t these charter leaders being charged for their crimes Matt Denn? Who is protecting them?
In the article covering the arrests, Denn is quoted as saying:
This case is part of an intensified focus our office is trying to bring to fraud being committed against the state’s public benefit programs.
So public benefits demands an accounting, but school funds are okay? In the case of Noel Rodriguez from Academy of Dover, which was the first of the charter audits coming out of Delaware State Auditor Tom Wagner’s office last year, nothing has happened. Where is his arrest? And Sean Moore and Tennell Brewington from Family Foundations Academy? And the lady from Providence Creek? And what about Sally Maldonado and the maintenance guy at Kuumba Academy? And the board president at Delaware College Prep? And what about what will come out from any future audits coming from the Auditor of Accounts? I like Matt Denn, but it is beginning to look like a bit of a cover-up in terms of not charging these school “leaders”. In terms of Maldonado, why is she allowed to serve on state committees and task forces concerning crucial education decisions but she gets no accountability for what amounts to a raise she gave herself with no board approval?
One of the individuals charged with this theft of funds from DHSS was Kamilah Laws, who was also a contractor with the Delaware Charter School Office at the Delaware Department of Education. She was contracted with the DOE during the formal review process for the Delaware Met, which was ordered to shut down in mid-January of this year. Isn’t that interesting? (this corrects an error I previously made in stating that Ms. Laws was on the board at Delaware Met. She was not)
Theft is theft Matt Denn. So I am openly and publicly challenging you to answer these questions: when will the charter leaders and employees who stole money from kids (cause that’s what it comes down to) be held accountable? Will they? Is there any reason why they wouldn’t? Is Delaware law upheld only with certain state agencies?