As tiny pieces of evidence slowly matriculate like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle which slowly begin to show the image of what is to come, another critical piece of the puzzle became available to the public today….
What a full blown audit of Newark Charter School would give us, would be the equivalent of looking at the image on the box the puzzle came in, as opposed to trying to guess blind what the puzzle would look like when finished…
We can either do the audit now, or we can do it later. But as the pieces of the growing puzzle now show, there is a very strong oder of malfeasance emanating from the structures off Elkton Rd., just this side of the Maryland State Line.
A well-esteemed state auditor was pulled off the investigation of this school by her political boss. Instead of the investigation going forward, it was halted. Letters to the charter schools were sent privately outlining what had been found. You can see some of those letters here….
Newark Charter School is in violation of the IRS mandated law that all charter schools file IRS form 990. Newark Charter School has never filed… Doing so would leave a track record allowing one to track money disappearing from year to year. One can see why there is a lot of political heat applied to anyone attempting to investigate the insides of that furnace….
Furthermore, under the new audit law passed last year… any Charter School failing an audit, can be audited by the State Auditor. Otherwise they can employ their own auditors who they can control….
“The State Auditor of Accounts office would also be audited for that fiscal year by the Auditor of Accounts. By making the petty cash audit turn into letters instead of a full-blown inspection report, those five charter schools will not get a full financial audit by the Auditor of Accounts office this year.”
Which would make signories of the lawsuit against Christina School District for even more funding than legally required, all guilty of a gross mishandling of money they already have….
In other words, the thieves did not want it known they were stealing money, until the money was first delivered into their hands…
So… if you really want to fix this, what do you do?
First and foremost: cut the head off the body.. Defeat Dave Sokola in his Senatorial Election for District 8 in North Newark to South Hockessin. If you live there, vote for Meredith Chapman for State Senate. If you don’t, please go here to donate… Meredith Chapman for Senate.
Why is this critical? Because in the Senate this year a tough audit bill on charter schools was winning and Dave Sokola, the more senior of the legislators and one to whom many legislative favors are owed, substituted the bill allowing guilty charters to “hire” their own auditor. This left no doubt for all to see that any attempt to make public schools better and charter schools more accountable, will be shot down as long as he is in legislature…
You HAVE to take out the gun doing the shooting… Please donate… Please vote for Meredith Chapman…
Secondly and more to the point. you need to began the clamor of an audit of Newark Charter School. Why do they need more money than public schools when they are the largest Charter in Delaware? How are they financing the two new buildings they have built and staffed off the per student funding from Christina? Why are they charging parents for their child’s field trips and student activities to the tune of $440,000 and then billing the state for at same amount (Delaware Checkbook) ? What are they doing with that extra money? Is it legal? Is it extortion of the parents? Can public schools also charge parents of their students $440,000 per each 2000 students? Is there a double standard? Why did they continue to flaunt the IRS standard requiring they file a IRS 990, even when explicitly warned by the IRS not to do so? Is everything really “ok” there, or are they in very huge deep trouble and are simply moving the same shell around to whomever is looking next?
All these demand a full audit of the Newark Charter School and obvious from the release coming from one of our own state legislators elected to Delaware’s House of Delegates, we cannot trust the Republican Tom Wagner to fulfill society’s obligation and tear into the financial labyrinth that obfuscates Newark Charter School’s accounting. The number one reason for doing any audit, is that is always cheaper to find a problem early on and then correct it as opposed to let it go unattended, finally costing millions to correct damage that could have more cheaply been nipped in the bud….
Delaware taxpayers need to demand a full audit of Newark Charter School … and hopefully will be able to do so when Dave Sokola is no longer there to squelch it….
Thirdly: if there is nothing wrong with Newark Charter School, and everything is on the up and up, a full blown audit going back to 2008 would certainly do very much to dampen the anti-Charter movement growing like a flash fire in this state… “Ok”, all would say, “so the biggest charter is NOT corrupt, we can move on then”… It would be the best thing that could ever happen to the entire Delaware Charter Network….
So then…. With what they know…. why are they fighting it so stringently? Why did they ask that the State Auditor of Accounts not investigate their finances though required by law to look at all public entities? Why did they lobby for a bill to allow their own auditors, ones they can direct and force to hide things is necessary, instead of impartial ones? Why did they demand and get a very awesome public servant pulled off the ongoing audit of all charters, and have her removed from the force and kept under a gag order?
When one is doing wrong, they always telegraph by their actions exactly where it is they do not want you to look…
All signals point that place to be Newark Charter School… That is where all the dirt is hidden… That will either bring down the entire charter myth that they are indeed good institutions, or it will exonerate many of doing their best under the hard circumstances they encountered…
What we need is a bill passed thorough legislature, ordering the Christina District to hire the auditor and receive the report of Newark Charter Schools finances from 2008 to now… After all, it is all Christina’s money keeping that Charter School afloat; it should be them to whom the auditor must answer and appease…..