[KHTS] – Nearly a year after county officials requested an audit for Einstein Academy charter school, experts are still investigating “complaints alleging fiscal mismanagement.”
In a letter dated Oct. 28, 2013, Los Angeles County Superintendent Arturo Delgado stated that a Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team would be requested to investigate the “extraordinary request.”
“We consider this to be an extraordinary request and we are approving the audit based on the following allegations: co-mingling of funds between schools, a conflict of interest based on Government Code 1090 and a violation of Education Code 49010,” according to the letter.
Section 49010 of the Education Code deals with the prohibition of fees charged to pupils for educational activity. The 1090 section indicates a conflict of interest allegation.
On Thursday, a FCMAT official confirmed it could be “a couple more months” before any material is ready with respect to the audit.
Later that same day, Newhall School District officials were named as the prevailing party in a lawsuit against the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District and Einstein Academy, claiming the two parties did not abide by the state’s Education Code in opening a school within Newhall’s boundaries, according to court documents.
Read the court documents here.
Albert Einstein Academy for the Letters, Arts and Sciences officials currently are in the process of re-applying for a charter school petition approval from Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District as a result.
School officials were asked to do so after what Einstein Academy officials called a “procedural error” pormpted a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to vacate the school’s current charter.
The judge set aside the current charter “in light of the Acton-Agua Dulce’s failure to support the bases for invoking the exception to geographic restrictions found in Education Code Section 47605(a)(5),” according to court documents.
AEALAS has 30 days to submit a new charter, and AADUSD must hold a hearing within 30 days. After the hearing, AADUSD has 60 days to approve or deny a new charter school application.
Einstein officials have expressed optimism about their chances at a new charter.