State Audit Critical Of Charter Schools

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The audit looks at two charter schools: “Opportunities for Learning” and “Options for Youth” which operate locations in Carmichael, Rancho Cordova, North Highlands and the Arden area.

State schools chief Jack O’Connell says they got too much money from the state by inflating things like student attendance and the number of credentialed teachers they have. 

"These schools have over claimed and have received more than $57 million over a 3 year period of time." 

But a spokesman for the charter schools disputes the findings. Stevan Allen says all of the funding and transactions were approved by the state of California. 

"Therefore the audit and many of its assumptions contain a number of errors and inaccuracies." 

Schools chief O’Connell is asking the state Attorney General to look into the matter.