Again no Yahoo alert on the K12, Inc. close. I’m going to have to look into this over the weekend. Anyway, last week I posted this on my Facebook page.
I said it many times in the past… For all their claims about being public schools, charter schools are not public schools. In fact, this was the position they took in a recent court case and the judge agreed with them.
Judge rules that state Controller Thomas DiNapoli cannot audit charter schools
By Greg B. Smith / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
New York charter schools won a big victory Thursday when a judge ruled the state’s top fiscal officer can’t follow the money and look at their books.
Charter school crusader Eva Moskowitz filed suit to bar state Controller Thomas DiNapoli from auditing her 22 schools, all of which are publicly funded but also receive private donations. On Thursday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin ruled DiNapoli did not have the authority to audit any New York charter because the schools are not technically “units of the state.”
See https://www.facebook.com/michaelkbarbour/posts/10103067256844540 for post on my Facebook page.
For those of us who follow such things, this decision was not new. We’ve seen the same thing in the K-12 online learning world some time ago.
When Private Firms Run Schools, Financial Secrecy Is Allowed
By MORGAN SMITH
On a recently approved Texas charter school application, blacked-out paragraphs appear on almost 100 of its 393 pages.
Redactions on the publicly available online version of the application often extend for pages at a time. They include sections on the school’s plan to support students’ academic success, its extracurricular activities and the “extent to which any private entity, including any management company” will be involved in the school’s operation. The “shaded material,” according to footnotes, is confidential proprietary or financial information.
The school, part of an Arizona charter school network, opened a campus in San Antonio this year. It was technically formed under a nonprofit, but its management is handled by a private company, the Basis Educational Group, owned by the school’s founders. A spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency said redactions appeared on the application because the information was copyrighted.