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Charter School Spending Questioned

 
Posted Monday, May 5th 2014 @ 1pm

The Texas State Board of Education is accusing some charter schools of overcharging taxpayers, 1200 WOAI news.

 

  Tom Ratliff is calling on the State Commissioner of Education and the Legislature to get involved.

 

  He says superintendent salaries are way out of line when you consider the number of students who are enrolled in charter schools.

 

  "The average in public schools is about $6 per student goes to a superintendent's salary," Ratliff told 1200 WOAI news.  "In these charter schools, in some cases that figure is in the hundreds."

 

  He cited one charter school where the superintendent makes $992 per student.

 

  He says that figure made him dig deeper into the financial accountability reports for charter schools.

 

  "56% of charter schools spend over the recommended benchmark amount, at the same time, 98% of public schools spend under that amount," he said.

 

  Ratliff said charter spending has never before been examined.

 

  "The per pupil costs of some of these charter superintendents, the numbers are way out of whack," he said.

 

  Charter schools are public schools, which receive public funding, but are outside of the authority of traditional ISDs.

 

    "In the old Watergate days, the message was 'follow the money'," Ratliff said.  "I think it's time for the TEA and the Legislature and the taxpayers to follow the money."

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