Auditor General Criticizes Education Spending Priorities

WESTTOWN — Auditor General Jack Wagner said some charter and cyber-charter schools replacing public schools are being run for profit and the state legislature should end this practice.

Wagner spoke Monday at Stetson Middle School during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters about public education funding.

As auditor general, Wagner said, his office is responsible for accounting for the spending of state money. He made it clear to the people in the school’s auditorium he wasn’t in charge of allocating money or spending it, only accounting for it.

 He said he is concerned by the inequity of spending for local school districts versus the charters. The charters, he said, receive the same formula for funding that schools receive from the state despite having lower costs.

“I argue that these dollars are coming from your property taxes,” Wagner said. “You are losing tens of millions of dollars.”

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