How to eliminate school hubbub |

How to eliminate school hubbub

There’s really no controversy about the controversy at the Vantage Point Charter School sponsored by the Ready Springs School District.

The county superintendent of schools’ office says the charter school in Penn Valley must account for its enrollment. The state pays schools – charter and otherwise – on the basis of their enrollment. If a school can’t prove that it’s taking care with its enrollment figures, taxpayers have no way of knowing whether they are being hoodwinked.

Terry McAteer, the county superintendent, told Vantage Point Charter School to prove that the school’s enrollment records can be trusted by the state’s taxpayers.

That’s a reasonable request, and we figure that officials of the charter school and the school board which sponsors the charter school will be eager to comply. Both, after all, stand to lose a great deal if they can’t meet the requirements of a state audit.

Criticism such as that levied by McAteer stings. It’s easy to respond with fingerpointing and a search for underhanded motives.

But that response misses the point. Everyone – the charter school, the school district and the taxpayers – needs square financial reports. The sooner they’re on the table, the sooner the controversy will be over.

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