Commission votes to table decision on troubled Albuquerque charter school

Public Education Commission

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Public Education Commission voted to table their decision about the future of the troubled La Promesa Charter School.

The commission says they are waiting for more information from the Public Education Department.

Friday, nearly all members of the PEC voted to table talks about whether to have a public hearing on revoking La Promesa’s charter which would lead to its closure altogether. The delay is so the commission could study the PED’s latest audit of the charter school and all of its spending.

The PED recommended the commission discuss revoking La Promesa’s charter

A spokesperson for the PED said the department thinks the situation at La Promesa has gotten worse, not better, and they keep finding more concerns over finances since they took over in august.

La Promesa is under investigation after the state auditor found discrepancies in the school’s spending.

This all started when KRQ News 13 uncovered La Promesa’s founder and Albuquerque Public Schools board member, Dr. Analee Maestas used school money to send a cleaning crew to her house and then doctored paperwork to make it look like the job was done at the school.

Since the state took over the school investigators say they have found many more discrepancies involving Maestas and the former principal.

A representative with La Promesa says the school has changed its ways. The school also said in a press release this week they’ve met all of PED’s requirements including making personnel changes.

Doctor Maestas was allowed to pay the $340 back, for that cleaning bill without admitting guilt. She is currently on leave as the director of the school.