California audit clears L.A.'s largest charter school network of misspending
...State auditors did find that Alliance didn’t fully comply with federal regulations before it shared parent and alumni contact information with third parties. One of those groups, the California Charter School Assn., used that information in its own public relations campaign against unionization.
On that score, Alliance officials agreed to implement the audit’s recommendations.
UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl said Thursday that the audit showed Alliance and the California Charter School Assn. had “cynically abused the parental information they have.”
“Alliance may be saying this shows that public money hasn’t been used, but the larger issue is that a publicly funded school operator … has spent millions of dollars against their own teachers that should have gone into class-size reduction or school supplies,” Caputo-Pearl said.
Although the audit closes one chapter in the union’s fight to represent charter school teachers, the complaints it lodged with the Public Employment Relations Board remain unresolved.
In late 2015, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Alliance administrators from interfering with efforts to unionize its teachers — an order that still remains in place...
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