Audit: School districts reap millions by OKing far-flung charters

Nov 2, 2017 by

The result, the report says: dismal academic results for thousands of students and a lot of extra money for the districts, one of which increased its revenue more than 10-fold.

By Jessica Calefati, CALmatters –

Several small, cash-strapped California school districts are using a loophole in state law to boost their revenue by overseeing a raft of far-flung charter schools, according to a recent report published by the state auditor.

Charter schools usually can’t open in California until they find districts willing to track their performance. The agreements are supposed to be limited by geography, but a handful of districts have authorized charters located many miles outside their geographic boundaries—some as far as 50 miles away.

Those school districts say these arrangements are legal and necessary. The applying charter operators need buildings, and they have none to offer, so the charter schools must open elsewhere.

The report, however, portrays the districts as absentee landlords. They have a financial incentive to endorse far-away charters because of the fees they charge to oversee them, yet the audit found little evidence that districts are providing the oversight services the schools are paying for.

Source: Audit: School districts reap millions by OKing far-flung charters – Daily News

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