PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania’s Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, told Dom Giordano during an interview on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT that he would like the commonwealth to have more oversight regarding charter schools.
DePasquale believes that there is too much opportunity for fraud with the current regulations relating the charter schools.
“My biggest issue with charter schools in Pennsylvania, and I would say the charter school, more than every individual charter school, is that you just had this conviction of this guy out in Beaver County who was able to take enough money from cyber charters and buy himself a jet airplane. That’s a sign to me that there’s too much money in the system and not enough means of control. This should’ve been prevented. A guy by the name of Nick Trombetta, basically, pleaded guilty to tax fraud from all the money he was making from the cyber charter he ran, and that’s from the management company side of it, which I can’t even audit the management side of it, which I think is outrageous.”
He says he has nothing against charter schools philosophically, and wants to do what works best for students.
“I would say that in York, when I was a State Rep, there were three new charters that started. I supporter two and did not support one. How I analyze is, if it works to the kids, then I’m for it. If it doesn’t work, then I’m not for it. I’m not a knee-jerk, pro-charter guy, but I’m not knee-jerk against.”