Senator Schiavoni Calls For Stronger Auditing Of Charter Schools
Responds to audit of Legacy Academy in Youngstown
December 04, 2013
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Columbus – State Senator Schiavoni  (D-Boardman) issued the following statement today in response to an audit by State Auditor Dave Yost that uncovered “sloppy” bookkeeping at Legacy Academy in Youngstown.  The audit found improper attendance records at the charter school that led to $309,704 in unsubstantiated payments of state funds and nearly $90,000 in taxes owed to the city of Youngstown.
“The audit of Legacy Academy is unfortunately just one of a number of recent incidents statewide that demonstrate the need for increased accountability and transparency in Ohio’s charter schools.
“Ohio taxpayers deserve and expect proper oversight of the state funds distributed to both public and charter schools.  More importantly, we need to ensure that schools are properly utilizing funds to best prepare our children for successful futures.
“Earlier this year, I introduced legislation, Senate Bill 190, that would require charter schools to abide by the same audit and public records requirements as public school districts.  The Auditor’s findings reinforce the immediate need for these changes, and I’m anxious to start working on improvements here in the Senate.”

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