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05/3/2017 | Advocating for Community Schools, Organizing for Education Justice

Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

In 2014, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) issued a report demonstrating that charter schools in 15 states—about one third of the states with charter schools—had reported over $100 million in fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement since 1994. In 2015 and 2016, we released additional reports documenting millions of dollars in new alleged and confirmed cases of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in charter schools. This report offers further evidence that the money we know has been misused is just the tip of the iceberg. With the new alleged and confirmed cases reported here, the financial impact of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in charter schools has reached over $223 million since our first report.

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