Four anti-charter school legislators asked for an performance audit on the state's charter schools in a "witch-hunt" requested by Sen. Evie Hudak, Rep. Mike Merrifield, Rep. Judy Solano and Sen. Bob Bacon. Ben DeGrow has the scoop, including the letter requesting the audit and a podcast with Colorado League of Charter Schools' Executive Director, Jim Griffin.
Be sure to read the inflammatory language in the audit request. Items such as "are charter schools paying their share of unreimbursed Special Education costs" and "are districts adequately compensated for administrative responsibilities and legal costs" associated with their charters are just two of the types of information the Democratic legislators requested.
The hero in this story is Sen. Lois Tochtrop who called out these elected officials by labeling it a "witch-hunt." Sen. Tochtrop was the only Democrat to vote with four Republicans on the committee to stop the "witch-hunt." Republicans joining Tochtrop were: Rep. Frank McNulty, Sen. Kevin Lundberg, Sen. Josh Penry, and Rep. Cheri Gerou.
And the next legislative session hasn't even begun yet. Opening day is Jan. 13, 2010.