BREAKING NEWS: US Inspector General Warns of Risks of Charter Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

In a remarkable turn of events, the federal Office of Inspector General issued a warning that charter schools posed a risk to the Department of Education’s goals.

The report was released just days after the US Department of Education released $245 million to increase the number of unregulated charter schools.

US News reports:

“Charter schools and their management organizations pose a potential risk to federal funds even as they threaten to fall short of meeting the goals of an array of programs the Department of Education oversees, a new audit from the Office of Inspector General found.

“Investigators assessed the risk that charter schools receiving federal funds, specifically the schools’ relationships with the organizations that oversee them, posed to the objectives of department programs, including the federal K-12 law, special education, school turnaround efforts and others. The audit period covered July 2011 through March 2013 and assessed 33 charter…

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