Audit of charter school process finds deficiencies

TRENTON – An audit of charter school operations found application process deficiencies that could lead to “poorly qualified” applicants opening schools, annual assessments that are required in some cases are not being completed, and there is a lack of formal written guidelines over the review process.

The report done by the state’s Auditor found that in addition, the approval process overall lacks transparency.

The audit covered July 2010 to February 2012. In its response, the state Department of Education said that made some of the findings are out of date.

However, it said that it has improved its application process and is taking other steps to address the audit’s findings, including increasing staff and improving training.

Audit of charter school process finds deficiencies