State Audit Faults Pennsylvania's Largest Online Charter

Sep 23, 2016

 

A performance audit of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Beaver County found the school paid millions of dollars to entities owned by the founder.
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Pennsylvania's auditor general says the largest online charter school in the state paid millions of taxpayer dollars to entities tied to the school's founder.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Thursday released the findings of a performance audit of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland, Beaver County.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the audit found the charter school's board provided little oversight over business transactions involving Nick Trombetta, the founder and CEO. Trombetta will be sentenced in November after pleading guilty to a federal tax conspiracy charge.

Pennsylvania Cyber disputed many of the findings in its response to the audit.

The online school enrolls nearly 10,000 students statewide. In the 2013-14 school year, it got more than $118 million from 484 school districts.