ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Keeping a close eye on charter schools, that’s what the New Mexico Public Education Commission is doing.
On Friday, the PEC will hold a meeting to discuss charter school budgets. On the agenda is a discussion and action on the revocation decision and order to close a charter school.
This comes in the wake of the state shutting down a charter school over financial and instructional issues.
The commission will tackle those issues, while discussing the future of a charter school right here in Albuquerque, that has been in hot water before.
We first told you about Creative Education Preparatory Institute back in February.
According to the commission, the school owes nearly $900,000 in back taxes. The Public Education Department also says the school didn’t give enough hours for kids in the classroom. These are issues that had accumulated over a period of four years.
This isn’t the only charter school to be investigated. Two years ago, the FBI looked into financial spending at both Southwest Secondary Learning Center and SAMS Academy.
That’s why the commission is discussing its role in monitoring state charter schools. They also hope to tackle an improvement plan as well.
As for now, the state has taken over Creative Education Preparatory Institute’s finances. It will continue to operate through May.
That meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in Santa Fe at the Jerry Apodaca Education Building.