Audit criticizes how Department of Education monitors charter schools, handles violations

Article By: Will Sentell | October 9, 2017 | Originally Posted on 2theadvocate.com

A state audit Monday criticized how the state Department of Education monitors charter schools.

The report was issued by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

Auditors found that the Department’s monitoring process weighted critical and non-critical violations equally, making a charter school with critical violations likely to be rated the same as schools with non-critical violations.

 In its response, department officials largely agreed with the criticism but disputed other parts of the review.

The report also said the agency failed to ensure that the required number of at-risk students were enrolled in charter schools.

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