Charter school shutdowns and scandals now commonplace


Woodland Hills CA- A Daily News investigation published in May found that El Camino Real Charter High School’s Executive Director David Fehte had made numerous lavish charges to his school-issued American Express card, including $15,500 at Monty’s Prime Steaks & Seafood in 2014 and 2015, and several personal expenses, such as first-class airfare and luxury hotel rooms. Fehte’s charges also included more than $6,700 for a four-day trip to the Michigan headquarters of Herman Miller, the designer furniture manufacturer, for himself and two other school employees when there was a showroom 25 miles from the school. Fehte has denied doing anything wrong.

And Fehte may yet prevail in a “Wild West” environment where tax dollars are spent without regard or accountability to the taxpayers footing the bill. On Sunday, Jon Oliver’s  HBO show Last Week Tonight featured the issue of private for-profit charters and the overall lack of fiscal and/or educational regulations in the industry.

Read the follow-up story on El Camino Charter High School by the LA Daily News here. El Camino Charter High School is encouraging parents who wish to be updated to visit their website.