An examination of charter schools in 15 charter markets across the United States has exposed nearly $100 million in losses due to fraud, waste, and abuse, says a report from Integrity in Education and the Center for Popular Democracy.
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It found that there were six main categories of fraud, waste, and abuse:
- Charter operators using public funds for their personal gain.
- School revenue being used to support other charter operators’ businesses.
- Charter school mismanagement that fails to create a safe environment for students, such as not providing background checks on staff or not properly supervising students.
- Charters requesting public funds for services they do not provide.
- Charters inflating their enrollment numbers to boost revenues.
- Charter operators mismanaging funds and schools.