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Audit finds Ga charter schools often unchecked

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MACON, Ga. (AP) - A new state audit says no one is monitoring how Georgia's charter schools spend money.

The Macon Telegraph reports that the review says there's little evidence that almost $11 million in state funding for charter school systems is working.

The audit says that's partly because no one is keeping track of how money is spent.

The audit was requested by state legislators. It says the Department of Education hasn't contracted for a legally required evaluation to see whether charter school funding has benefits.

The audit says the failure is reportedly because the state agency itself reportedly didn't have money for the checks. But a limited review of four systems did find a positive impact on academic performance.

In all, 16 school systems are in the charter school program.

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