Lavelle calls for wider investigation of Family Foundations Charter School

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Greg Lavelle, R-north Wilmington,  called for further investigation and possible prosecution of the former leadership of the Family Foundations Charter School, following the report issued December 9 by State Auditor Tom Wagner.

“These appear to be egregious uses of taxpayer dollars,” said Sen. Lavelle. “I call on the Attorney General to fully investigate this spending, and if it is confirmed to be outside the rules governing charters, to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

Some of the violations in the Auditor’s report include a $3,701 check to a collection agency, $949 to a car dealer, $1,456 for a home theater installed at a personal residence, $560 for Michael Jackson tickets in Las Vegas, and $1,223 for home décor items. In total, the Auditor found over $141,000 in personal charges and over $1.2 million in unverifiable charges.

“Charter schools are an important component to our education system,” said  Lavelle. “Anyone who takes advantage of our taxpayers and students for personal gain should be held accountable. If the Attorney General believes this sort of theft of public funds can’t be prosecuted under existing laws, that we would like suggestions and recommendations on how to change the law.”

The full Auditor’s report is attached, and also can be found at:

http://auditor.delaware.gov/Reports/FY2016/Family%20Foundations%20Academy%20Inspection%20Report.pdf

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