Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell calls existing charter school oversight law “reactive, not proactive”

Thursday, July 20, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issues the following statement regarding Wednesday’s Assembly Education Committee oversight hearing of the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC) charter schools:

 “Testimony provided by auditors, superintendents, and charter school parents at yesterday’s Assembly Education Committee hearing provided clear and convincing evidence of the need for reform in the charter school industry. Existing law, relative to charter school oversight and facilities, is reactive versus proactive. I look forward to working with my colleagues and stakeholders in the coming months to address these significant issues so that we can avoid having others experience the tremendous devastation suffered by the students and families associated with the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation. We must hold charter schools accountable to use taxpayer dollars to serve the needs of students, not to benefit individuals or serve corporate interests.”

The TVLC oversight hearing took place as a result of a recent audit by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, which investigated allegations of fraud, misappropriation of assets and other illegal activities that may have occurred.   

The July 19, 2017 informational hearing is available for viewing at www.calchannel.com; the documents referenced are available for download at http://aedn.assembly.ca.gov/informationalhearings.