January 31 — 4:34 pm, 2017

State auditor general to audit Philly ASPIRA schools

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has announced that he will conduct an audit of five charter schools in Philadelphia run by ASPIRA. The District’s charter office has recommended non-renewal for Olney High and Stetson Middle schools, citing operational, financial, and academic problems.

For months, the recommendations have been held up in the School Reform Commission, which has been split on what to do. But since the last attempt at a vote, three members have left and two new members have been added. Estelle Richman is awaiting Senate confirmation, so the SRC currently lacks its full complement of five members. 

Among the concerns cited by the charter office are tangled finances among the schools and between the schools and the parent organization.

In addition to Olney and Stetson, which are converted District schools, ASPIRA runs a bilingual cyber charter and two K-8 Philadelphia charters started from scratch, Eugenio Maria De Hostos and Antonia Pantoja.  

The audit will cover the 2015-16 fiscal year and will begin Feb. 13.

Read the full press release here.   

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