Assembly Education Committee to hold hearing on “Charter School Oversight of the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation”

Monday, July 17, 2017

A parent, a teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D—Long Beach) emphasizes that when “charter schools believe they are not accountable to anyone, students and families feel the effects.” 

(SACRAMENTO) –In light of recent findings by the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), the Assembly Education Committee will convene this week for an informational hearing on “Charter School Oversight of the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC).”

“Charter schools are public schools funded with taxpayer dollars, but they are not subject to the same level of accountability and scrutiny as other public schools,” O’Donnell said Monday. “The audit findings of the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation and the testimony that will be presented at the hearing will clearly demonstrate the calamitous effects when a charter school supported by taxpayer dollars takes advantage of gaps in current law.”

The FCMAT audit of TVLC, released in early June, found that “fraud, misappropriation of assets, or other illegal activities may have occurred.” Four TVLC charter schools that opened in 2005 or later have closed.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has issued 22 notices to TVLC in the last two years, including 11 official Notices of Concern and four official Notices of Violation, which cited an illegal foreign exchange program; bullying, intimidation, and kidnapping of Chinese foreign exchange students; failure to report child abuse by TVLC employee; failure to make payroll; and other unlawful activity.

The Assembly Education Committee hearing will take place Wednesday, July 19, from 1-3:00 p.m. in Room 4202 and will be available for viewing at www.calchannel.com.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.