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:

  1. Charter operators using public funds for their personal gain.
  2. School revenue being used to support other charter operators’ businesses.
  3. 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.
  4. Charters requesting public funds for services they do not provide.
  5. Charters inflating their enrollment numbers to boost revenues.
  6. Charter operators mismanaging funds and schools.