All of Delaware was on their seats… the normally passive auditor’s office was on fire…. Investigating charter schools up and down the state, finding malfeasance here, corruption there, criminal activity everywhere…. and just like a close basketball game between two top Delaware female school’s teams, down to the wire at the last second, a 3 pointer gets lofted and the ball arcs through the air and all eyes turn to the basket and watch, … watch… wait for it… watching… huh? No ball? Their eyes try to follow its intended arc back to the now famous player who shot it…. and no one is there!
That properly describes the charter school audit that was underway in the state of Delaware performed by the Auditor’s office of the State of Delaware….
The State Auditor is an elected official. His job is to audit the state of Delaware to make sure all is kosher. But, there appears to be another part of his job… which is to protect those who don’t want a prying eye to close to what they are doing…
An audit was underway. Wilmington Charter was investigated. Everyone was very curious what was to be announced….
Then nothing. Nothing. Finally when traced back to the auditor’s office, the audit “was stopped” by the elected auditor, Tom Wagner, and the chief investigator was put on disciplinary leave. As determined in the post below, that cause for the leave, was exposed as one “being too good at their job”….
We hear this stuff happens all the time… “Stop the investigation immediately because it is my friend you are investigating” is something all auditors hear… In fact, since such is so prevalent in business society, it is the “why” behind why Delaware (originally a Dupont subsidiary) elected to have an auditor RESPONSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE, be in charge….
Does anyone here remember Tom Wagner? Before the last election, Tom was laughably known for doing nothing for 4 years, then just before election, publishing one or two audits showing some malfeasance in the state, and getting elected to another term… It worked. He is the longest continuous termed elected state officer around today. However, since the last election we have seen much more relevant investigations. The Charter School ones particularly put an end to the myth that Charter Schools were better than Public Schools… They showed with receipts for a Mercedes Benz and other lavish purchases, that YES, charter schools were better than Public Schools, IF YOUR GOAL WAS TO LIVE HIGH ON THE HOG… As for the students… no benefit, just untraceable harm.
But the last election scared Tom, and we thought he was finally rising to the call his office demanded…..
HE STOPPED AN AUDIT THAT WAS GOING TO EXPOSE CORRUPTION, MALFEASANCE, AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS…….
Did you get that? He “stopped” it… Just pulled the plug. Made it disappear like that basketball shot from beyond the 3 point line… and… the star player too, disappeared…
But can you believe that? Imagine if you were jumped in a parking lot, and fighting off three thugs and the police arrive, and you hung on till they got there and they just look at you and the three thugs and say, carry on, don’t mind us?
Imagine if you are a battered housewife, beaten by your husband to an inch of your life, and in your fog, you hear police arrive and in that far away echo chamber hear your husband say he’s helping you digest, and have them walk away?
Imagine if you are a child being predatorized in a Lewes’ psychiatrist’s office and the cops walk in, see what is going on, and turn and walk out, doing nothing?
That is what this is like… To be honest, it is truly unbelievable to accept that this happens in Delaware… Sure, New Jersey. Sure, New York. Sure, Los Vegas. But Dover??? In Delaware???…. What we see here, right before us, in the Delaware’s State Auditor’s office,is nothing different from crooked cops being paid hush money to look the other way… This is really sick.
This IS really sick… and this time YOU, I think, really have to get mad and take action…. There are sicknesses and there are symptoms. Sometimes we deal with the symptoms because we don’t have time to deal with the sickness… Then, something happens and we have no choice but take the drastic action required to get healed…. Like chemo.
There is a tumor in the state of Delaware. One that has festered and we’ve fought the symptoms for too long… No matter how much it hurts, we have finally come to the point, where we need to take the necessary actions to excise it….
Can you believe it? He PULLED the audit……