Report- Lax oversight leaves charter schools vulnerable to fraud

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California鈥檚 1,100 charter schools are subject to insufficient financial oversight, lax practices that leave the door wide open to fraud, mismanagement and abuse, according to a [url=http://www.minuteetseconde.com/images/ray_ban_sonnenbrille_spiegelglas_215533.html]ray ban sonnenbrille spiegelglas[/url]
report released Tuesday by a trio of education policy groups.

Since the first charter school opened in 1992, state or local officials have uncovered more than $81 million in fraud or mismanagement.聽But that鈥檚 probably the tip of a very big iceberg, according to the report released by Public Advocates, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the Center for Popular Democracy.

The report鈥檚 authors estimate that charter school fraud could be closer to $100 million in 2015 alone, based on methodology cited the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners 2014 Report to Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse.

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The California Charter School Association, however, criticized the report for 鈥渕aking estimates based on global assumptions calls into the question the credibility of the report and the organizations that published it.鈥?
鈥淲hile we don鈥檛 presume to understand the motives behind this report we do know that California is a state where the charter school sector, authorizers and legislators have come together to put into place real solutions,鈥?according to the charter organization, in a statement. 鈥淚t is unfortunate that we continue to have [url=http://www.showbusinessreport.com/img/ray_ban_pilotenbril_marktplaats_313525.html]ray ban pilotenbril marktplaats[/url]
similar distractions for a sector that the report itself suggests is demonstrating to be responsible users of precious public funds in addition to serving a half a million public school students well.鈥?
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by vendors who were family members or close acquaintances of the former executive director and who charged exorbitant prices.

The report also cited Oakland鈥檚 American Indian charter schools, where the former director reportedly diverted more than $3 million to his own businesses via rent and other expenditures.

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or county office of education 鈥?is responsible for oversight, but they don鈥檛 always have enough staff to perform fraud risk assessments, the report said.