from the Dallas Morning News viaSouth Texas Chisme- Charter schools owe Texas $26M for overstated admissions numbers
Texas charter schools have reaped $26 million in undeserved state money by filing incorrect student attendance reports, according to state financial records.
The Texas Education Agency, which oversees public education in the state, is working to recover $17 million of the $26 million from nearly half of the charters now operating in Texas. TEA records show that 20 schools went out of business before the state could recover its money, leaving taxpayers holding a $9 million bag of debt.
These charters collected state funds either by inflating the number of students in their classrooms or by making accounting mistakes.
Read the article to see that one main reason charter schools either make these errors innocently or on purpose in order to inflate their numbers, is that there isn't enough oversight, as there is with PUBLIC schools. As the last line of this excellent article says, Texans need to bring this all BACK to the legislature to have them address the entire idea of charter schools.
P.S. Sid Miller (Tx House Dist 59)'s wife has a charter school, Erath Excels, in Stephenville. Reminder about how Debra Miller and some students went before the Texas Lege to ask for LESS accountability.