Pa. charter schools’ payment process comes under criticism

Pennsylvania's auditor found that one charter school was overpaid $3.6 million

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) – Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is criticizing the state department of education for its payment process to charter schools.

At issue is the charter school payment appeals process. Right now, if a charter school doesn’t receive what it considers proper payment from a school district, it appeals to the department of education.

The education department then takes the money from the district, and pays the charter school without the proper appeals process.

“In the past five years, the department of education redirected more than a billion dollars from districts to charter schools. Our audit found on 374 appeals by school districts disputing over $30.5 million of that money,” DePasquale said.

His audit found one charter school was overpaid $3.6 million. That school has since closed.

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