The Georgia Department of Education has failed to comply with a 1998 state law requiring an independent review of whether charter schools are financially viable and meeting academic goals, according to a state audit.
The report from the state Department of Audits and Accounts also says the Education Department has been lax in monitoring Georgia’s 113 charter schools and fails to make sure local school boards are keeping tabs on the charters in their systems.
In a written response, state Education Department officials agreed more ovesight is needed to make sure charters are following the terms of their approved contracts.
Associate Superintendent Andrew Broy, who oversees charter schools, said the audit will be used to improve how state staff works with and monitors charter schools, especially in the areas of academics and finances.
He pointed out that the state holds charters accountable by denying some contracts when they come up for renewal. The state also meets with local superintendents to explain their role in monitoring charter schools, he said.
“The whole point of chartering is to free schools from oversight, but the audit says we should do more,” Broy said.
How worried are you about charter schools, considering they get taxpayer money? Do these schools need more oversight?