Audit details financial impropriety at Delaware charter Newsworks DECEMBER 30, 2014

That’s according to an independent forensic audit provided to the state earlier this month and released Monday to the public.

The audit details the frequency with which Sean Moore and Dr. Tennell Brewington made large and lavish purchases using the card. Moore, for example, made 32 purchases of $500.00 or more during the 20-month period covered by the audit. They included a $2,500 car payment at Infiniti of West Chester, $1,491 on “fine watches” at Macy’s, and $3,224 for home furniture at Raymour and Flanigan, to name a few

Brewington made eight such purchases, among them a $1,155 charge at a Northern Virginia spa.

In all, Moore and Brewington charged more than $94,000 in personal expenses to the school card. Of that total, about $77,000 came from the unspent balance of a loan the school had taken out to pay for two capital projects.

What get’s me is, a representative of the Delaware Department of Education is a committee member on the school Citizen Budget Oversight Committee.

I don’t know if what took place was criminal but if so there needs to be criminal charges and the entire school board needs to be replace. Also, action needs to be taken against the DE DOE committee representative.

I am not going to let the big cat out of the bag but OMG wait until Water Boy get’s done! 

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  1. This is OUTRAGEOUS!!! Where was the rest of the board??? Teacher rep? Parent rep?? There were a lot of people complicit in this theft. I don’t see how it could be ANYTHING but theft.

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  2. It is NOT outrageous… It is what Charters do…. This is very common. This is exactly why those who want charters and want to be part of them, either on their board, or provide them with a service or two,.., push so hard and browbeat parents in order to make them reality..

    It is possible that one can in very extremely rare cases get corruption of this scale also in a public school system. Joe Wise should be on the tip of everyone’s tongue here.

    But there is tremendous oversight in public schools. Imagine if there was no oversight? That is EXACTLY what Mark Murphy’s memo to Red Clay and Christina castigated both as being the big problem with their MOU plans…TOO MUCH OVERSIGHT it bemoaned.

    Theft of public money is very common in all charters… Google “Charter School Corruption” and find out how prevalent this practice is….

    No this is very common. This is not outrageous … This is what Charters do… Always have; always will .. This is why Charters need to be eliminated in this state first, and then nationally…

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    • I’ve been on the board of a charter and this most certainly is NOT how business was conducted. Not even remotely. There are criminals everywhere but dammit, I am not one of them, nor was any person I served on that charter board with.

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    • Pretty broad brush there kavips but that’s OK. Continues your narrative I guess. Too bad our TPSs like to waste millions before a referendum and then claim the referendum must be passed “for the children”.

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    • Yes, broad brush it was; however it is only have as broad as those who claim public schools waste money… They don’t. Those who state that public schools spend too much money, simply live in hobbit houses somewhere in New Zealand. They may know a lot about hanging round doors on their hinges; they know very little about public education or schools of today… They are living in the wrong century. .

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    • lastDEconservative

      Let’s see, taking public money from the classroom … thinking … thinking … oy vey, didn’t Marxell take $119 million for which not even his loyal leftist brethren can find a copper of results? I’d as soon he bought a round of Bentleys for his inside circle instead of crucifying (that’s a chosen word, not an auto fill in) another generation of chil’ren and their families. Joe Wise? Piker.

      PS: kavips must be one terror of a wife. “all,” “always,”, “never,” I feel sorry for her husband. ;D

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  3. ConcernedParent

    If there is even an inkling that Family Foundations should be allowed to continue to operate, the public needs to be gathered to fight against this horrible waste of tax payer dollars! We have another Pencader tax payer waste going on. When is DOE going to stop this nonsense!!!

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Am not ready to say close the school (hard to believe Publius right?) but “If” crimes were committed Markell and Murphy should use their “courage” to make sure those charged are convicted with jail time. However, the entire school board would need to step down! Perhaps this would be a good place for one of those walk on water Teacher for America leaders to takeover. BUT ONE THING FOR SURE, children should be punished for adults who may have violated the law and or ethics.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Markell and Murphy should use their “courage” to make sure those charged are convicted with jail time.”

      Psst. Aren’t you talking about a couple members of an approved minority? Shhh!

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    • lastDEconservative

      I remind myself. A dozen ranters jumped on this [approved minority] indiscretion (alleged) overnight. Yet, an [approved minority] indiscretion (intimated) of ten times the proportion (documented) committed by Shades of Grey Quinn has yet to draw a single whisper.

      Try as I might to break into knowing, there are some things that remain in the realm of the unknowable in the world of government knows best.

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    • Not to fear, the comments on Quinn are all over the intertubes where the story broke on Young’s blog, etc..

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  4. No criminal ever elicits criminal involvement from good intentioned people. Instead, they sneak around them… Are you sure nothing got done about which you never heard? How would you know? Especially if it was hidden?

    We must return charters to public oversight and the best way is for all of Delaware’s school districts to absorb those charters within its boundaries.

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  5. William Garfinkel

    Citizen Budget Oversight Committees must have a statewide associations so they can network. I am convinced this fragmentation is just part of the plot to keep these people in the dark about their duties, responsibilities, inservice education, options for investigations, legal authority, et al.

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  6. William Garfinkel

    Another thought. Some one on the Board must be appointed Treasurer. I assume this is was not done. Don’t leave it up to the CFO. The Treasure of the Board is the CFO’s oversight and can be held accountable. However, in this case, it sounds like the CFO knew of these expenditures and said nothing. That makes this CFO civilly and maybe criminally liable.

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  7. kilroysdelaware

    It’s a shame the state auditor’s office is understaffed. I here there is someone in another charter school taking kicking backs from maintenance vendors.

    One thing that needs to change is there needs to be a law prohibiting commercial credit-cards outside the state’s P-cards. Didn’t we learn anything from the DMA scandal?

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    • The state auditors office is under-staffed by having the wrong auditor… “Nice car, Sean. Hey, can you give me ride back to my office? Step on it. Today is “cookie” day.

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  8. The CBOC is a good idea, but it’s NOT a magical cure-all for preventing bad things.

    Don’t blame the CBOC – blame criminals, who will always find a way to commit crimes and keep it under wraps.

    How, pray tell, would a CBOC member have known about these transactions? Are they meant to be clairvoyant, with magical knowledge of everything? Were they supposed to have read the minds of the school leaders to see the activity?

    These transactions were done OUTSIDE the state P-Card system, and the documents that would have pointed to all of this weren’t submitted to the CBOC. The BOARD didn’t even seem know about all this – that’s why they seem to have commissioned the audit in the first place. That’s where the blame lies – and, of course, the criminals.

    The CBOC is a good idea, but it’s not going to stop someone who wants to commit crimes and finds a way to hide them.

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    • It is incumbent on the board to understand every payee that receives money from the school and what services/products are received from each. That “American Express”and/or anything paid out to the board members or any affiliated entities did not raise a red flag shows a total lack of diligence. I’m sorry but those board members should have been ALL OVER that. You don’t sit at that table and hope the info falls onto your lap – you dig and you ask and you make sure that there’s nothing that can even remotely appear improper. Period.

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    • I couldn’t agree more – the board should be all over every single transaction.

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    • Every single member of the board was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity up until this year. Some of them were in on the sixers-paypal scheme. To sit there and say the board should have known is ridiculous. They were all in on it! And I’m sure some of their vendors and other payees were in on it too. Do not be fooled. The DOE should have been on this years ago, but they sat back and let it happen by closing their eyes. They are just as guilty. If the only time they come down on these schools is when they are up for renewal, that’s a real problem. Are they only held accountable once every 3-5 years

      As for Dr. Gray, she needs a reality check as well. She sits on two boards, one that takes money from the other, and never publicly reveals this HUGE conflict of interest? Her ass needs to be held to the fire as well.

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  9. The approving authority shall be responsible for oversight of the charter schools it approves.

    The DOE is unable (or simply unwilling) to oversee the charter schools it has authorized. This is not exclusive to financial oversight.
    That the DOE is threatening to take over three Christina School District schools under the guise that they will do better (with a spattering of we care more about the kids) is preposterous.

    Where are our legislators? Where is the press?

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Where are our legislators? Where is the press?”

      Uh, conspiring the next round of spin? Thanks for the rhetorical question laugh of the day!

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  10. Presumably many of the Family Foundations students live in Colonial district, which is in desperate need of improvement. Wasn’t there a recent article or blog post documenting that Colonial sends ~$10 million annually to charter & other choice options for its residents? We are crazy to bleed high-needs public school districts of resources (human & financial) in this way and THEN pay no attention to how the funds are actually being used by the receiving parties (corruption, segregation, rampant expulsion). Echoing Nelia, where the hell are our legislators on this–beyond the four who are making themselves hoarse trying to galvanize their colleagues: Kim Wms., John Kowalko, Paul Baumbach, Bryan Townsend (doubtless one or two others, but that’s out of >60!)

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  11. I have to believe that our legislators who are standing up to the DOE will eventually sway their peers and be heard in the press. And I am thankful to them.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Think about how perverse this statement really is. …

      ” … our legislators who are standing up to the DOE … ”

      Standing up to? Say what? Who’s in charge here? We the People (via our elected -cough- representatives), or the unelected fourth branch of government, the administrative State? Instead of being thankful for a show, ND, be demanding of them for RESULTS. Settling for platitudes, quacking (read Kwacking) is how this gets worse year after year after year. Yes, demand more of the loudest preeners than of their peers crouching in the tall grass. At least the hidden aren’t making pretense.

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  12. Nelia Dolan,
    You are on point with many of your observations and hopes. Ignore the plaintive squealing of the “do nothing” intolerants who infest the dialogue while contributing absolutely no positive direction or context to suggest a path forward. Spiro Agnew (God bless his sordidly corrupt soul) enunciated a description of the lDc and his anonymous ilk thusly: “nattering nabobs of negativism”.
    Keep the faith Nelia, stay engaged, informed and demanding of all Delaware electeds, and know that the more those nabobs criticize your efforts the closer you must be getting to a successful outcome.

    Representative John Kowalko

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    • lastDEconservative

      And heaven help you, Neila, if, as the Preener in Residence has just intimated, you are unable to discern one who is cheering you on from one of those who are guilty … of “standing up” but certainly not guilty of producing a “result.” Don’t be one of the mob who can’t see past the smoke.

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    • Gosh John,

      Might you extend similar sentiments to me?

      After all, I’m the 2014 Killy’s nominee for Quixote Award, support Nelia, and remain eager to asset those in the IEP/Autism community troubled with the legislation requiring Process Improvement and Sustainability; I’ve added sustainability.

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  13. It was our legislators who cut education funding that impacted directly on our children rather than on overhead. Why?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Just slipping in one last nominee for a Killy before the year ends

      Most rhetorical questions per cubic foot of blogosphere: Jack.

      Happy, happy, y’all.

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  14. Kilroy
    Please establish a category for nattering. I have a nominee in mind.
    John K.

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  15. Kevin
    That’s because publius is a player with an agenda.

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  16. Just curious…how many of you actually teach, or have ever taught? Sometimes I don’t think many of you know what it’s like to be on the front lines. Just my perspective from reading this blog over the past year or two.

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