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ISTA Statement on Virtual Charter School Fraud

ISTA President Keith Gambill issued the following statement in response to a state report’s findings that two virtual charter schools defrauded taxpayers for more than $68 million.

“The fraud and waste exposed by this state report sadly reflects what ISTA has been warning lawmakers about since the inception of virtual charter schools. Profit should never be a motivator when it comes to educating our state’s children.

Any money recovered from a lawsuit should at least in part be directed back to our traditional public schools for increasing teacher pay. We also urge lawmakers to do more this session, while there’s still time, to ensure this fleecing of taxpayers and students never happens again.”