GDOE considers severing financial ties with charter schools

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“It’s not fair to the department that we carry them and have no oversight of them,” remarked board member Robert Crisostomo.

Guam – With all the controversy surrounding Guahan Academy Charter School, the Guam Department of Education announced last night that enough was enough and vowed to meet with lawmakers to sever financial ties with GACS.

During the education board meeting last night, a resolution relative to adopting the spending priorities for the education department was unanimously approved by the board.

But it wasn’t long before the conversation quickly diverted to the spending habits of the charter school.

Currently, the department directs over $4 million in their funds to GACS alone, but now that GACS has enrolled students beyond their capacity, GDOE staunchly vowed that they would cover no more funds than the law requires.

“I think we need to advocate to the legislature to sever the charter schools from the Department of Education budget,” remarked board member Robert Crisostomo.

He added, “It’s not fair to the department that we carry them and have no oversight of them, yet we take from the very pocket of money that’s appropriated to us to educate the students that want to stay with us…I strongly urge that we make a stand to the legislature about severing the charter schools from the department of education,” he advocated.