TRONA CHARTER SCHOOL SCAM

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Re: TRONA CHARTER SCHOOL SCAM

Postby wildrose » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:25 am

Virtual schools penalized for claiming false numbers
Yet another case of a charter school falsifying enrollment and attendance data in order to collect public funds. They even had dead kids listed as students!
Two virtual charter schools have repeatedly reported false average daily membership numbers, or ADM, allowing them to receive too much tuition support, according to the State Board of Accounts. When auditing Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy, the State Board of Accounts State Examiner Paul Joyce submitted an affidavit saying he had “been advised that both (schools) have substantially misreported their ADM to the State of Indiana.”

LINK: https://www.rushvillerepublican.com/news/virtual-schools-penalized-for-claiming-false-numbers/article_10471511-9509-51af-b677-460e32ce4842.html
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Re: TRONA CHARTER SCHOOL SCAM

Postby shadylady » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:51 am

Not a lot of news on this one. There ought to be some hearings going on and verdicts being reached. Further investigation must be occurring and there must be some info out there that people should be told about. Public funds are involved and so you'd think that the public should be kept informed!
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Re: TRONA CHARTER SCHOOL SCAM

Postby ergot » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:37 pm

Morning Report: Charter Scandal Exposes Holes in State Processes
Looks like something is happening. A big problem with holding schools financially accountable. The auditing system in place is far from sufficient and sneaky administrators can get away with a lot if they know how to shuffle funds around behind the scenes.
Just one process in California is designed to act as an early warning system when financial shenanigans are going on inside schools. It’s a yearly audit, by a “state-approved,” “independent” auditor, according to the Department of Education.

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/news/morning-report-charter-scandal-exposes-holes-in-state-processes/
https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/education/a3-charter-scandal-reveals-major-flaws-in-states-auditing-process/
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Re: TRONA CHARTER SCHOOL SCAM

Postby twister » Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:22 am

ergot: Thanks for the update. I fear that this will be under-reported. It's an important issue, especially locally, but it won't get the national scrutiny it deserves. Instead we hear about the endless pickering in Washington D. C. I hope they get to the bottom of this issue and figure out if anyone locally was involved. The mere fact that the leaders of this charter scam were at local board meetings makes me think that a backroom deal was made.
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Re: TRONA CHARTER SCHOOL SCAM

Postby recluse » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:42 pm

Good Schools for All: A Charter School Empire Allegedly Scammed California for $80M
I think there's a podcast thing that goes with this short article. It might be worth listening to if you have the time.
A3 and its alleged scheme covered huge swaths of California, and key players in the operation found creative ways to make children into A3 students — largely just on paper — so they could cash in.

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/education/good-schools-for-all-a-charter-school-empire-allegedly-scammed-california-for-80m/
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