Pa. auditor questions Education Department payments to charter schools

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog is accusing the state Department of Education of mishandling payments to charter school operators.

Auditor General Eugene DePasqaule says since 2013, nine charter schools have received more than $2.5 million in questionable lease reimbursements from the Education Department.

DePasquale said the Education Department’s guidelines for lease reimbursement are clear that buildings owned by charter schools are not eligible, but the department makes no effort to verify ownership of the buildings or look for conflicts of interest between the school and related parties.

He said the department simply writes a check for whatever amount the charter school submits.

None of the nine charter schools is in central Pennsylvania.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download the ABC27 News App and the ABC27 Weather App for your phone and tablet.

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