Who’s watching charter schools?

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?

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March 30th, 2009
7:32 pm



March 30th, 2009
7:33 pm

Where is the boring fellow who posts under so many names. He must have bored himself.


March 30th, 2009
7:36 pm

All schools should have to play by the same rules. It’s troubling to me that the current political trend of pushing charter schools and private school vouchers comes at the expense of public education and there is no accountability in either case.

For charter schools to be excused from rules that impede student learning implies that all our schools should be excused from the same rules. Local boards of education and parents are the ultimate judges of the quality of their own schools.

The people of this state (and every state) have a strong interest in the success of every child in school. By reducing the burdensome policies of our current structure, all schools could free up revenue to focus more attention on the classroom.

Finally, there is no evidence, NONE, that charter schools perform any better than other schools. Why should the state be burdened with multiple educational systems?

Dr. Craig Spinks /Evans

March 31st, 2009
1:21 am

Who’s watching charter schools? Better yet, who’s WATCHING ANY of our public and private schools? And, please, don’t insult my intelligence by telling me that SACS and the GDOE do it. Unless Dr. David Payne, Emeritus Prof from UGA, is still at it, I know of no one with the intelligence, experience, independence, courage and savvy to perform the thorough, extensive, disinterested audits our schools need and their students deserve.


March 31st, 2009
3:27 am

The Vidalia Violent is shrinking tonight! Nellums forever! Sunshine!

jim d

March 31st, 2009
7:35 am

“Who’s watching charter schools?”

Would you believe the consumers are the ones holding these schools accountable? Providing choice in our public schools would create the same scenario. That in my humble opinion would not be a bad thing.


April 3rd, 2009
3:40 pm

Who is holding charter schools accountable?

Maybe the parents who make the extra effort to get their kids into the charter rather than the mainstream schools. Maybe, just maybe, in doing so they have demonstrated an interest in the education their kids are getting.