Arizona Charter Schools Found Double Dipping Can Keep Funds

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 12:47pm
Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 9:15pm

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In early August, The Show heard from Arizona Republic investigative reporter Craig Harris about concerns that about 100 charter schools in our state — and many more around the country — were double-dipping.

They had applied for — and received — funds from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. But at the same time, they hadn’t had a penny cut from their state funding.

Craig Harris
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Craig Harris

It was a luxury district schools did not receive.

Now, the state Auditor General’s Office is out with a finding about those concerns. The schools will still be able to keep the money and not have any of their state funding cut. The Show spoke with Harris about why.

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