Today’s installment of the Inspector General’s report on the issues surrounding the approval of the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School paint a picture more worthy of Oliver North than our Commissioner and Secretary of Education.
Seriously, this damning document should do two things: cement the justification to revoke this charter (allow the applicants to reapply with a proposal that passes CSO muster if they choose) and 2: offer both Chester and Reville the opportunity to explore other employment opportunities.
The opening of Part Two: Additional Findings
“PART TWO: Additional findings.
The second part of the report contains investigative information developed during the course of the review that is not directly related to the issue of whether the GCACS charter was validly awarded, but which otherwise is responsive to your request.
A synopsis of the findings of the second section of this review is as follows:
1) The OIG finds that Commissioner Chester’s answer to a key substantive question asked by a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on Education is contradicted by evidence and testimony in this case;
2) The OIG finds that DESE and CSO officials apparently implemented a policy of disposing of virtually all documents containing the written records of individual DESE and CSO evaluators in determining whether the GCACS charter school application had met the criteria of the final charter school application; and
3) The OIG finds that DESE was not fully responsive to document requests made by the OIG and by legislators for records of DESE and CSO evaluators in determining whether the GCACS charter school application had met the criteria of the final charter school application.