CHESTER Community Charter School, the largest charter school in Pennsylvania, was singled out yesterday in a blistering report released by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who alleged that the school had improperly collected nearly $1.3 million in state lease payments and had failed to provide children with a quality education.
"While those associated with the management of the Chester Community Charter School are making millions off of the backs of taxpayers, the children this charter school serves are not getting the education required to meet state and federal standards," DePasquale said.
The school, which educates about 3,200 students in the troubled Chester-Upland School District, is managed by CSMI LLC, a for-profit company based in Chester. The company's CEO is Vahan Gureghian, a Gladwyne lawyer and major campaign contributor to Republican Gov. Corbett.