Oversight? We don't need no stinking oversight:
But when it comes to the Republicans’ pet education issues – increasing the number of charter schools and expanding the use of vouchers for private schools – the accountability demands ease. The lack of oversight has now shown up in a Durham charter K-12 school that awarded 53 diplomas in the last two years to students who lacked the credits necessary to graduate. That’s nearly a third of the school’s graduates since 2014 and the problem could go back further.
I find it extremely hard to believe administrators at this school couldn't keep up with a simple credit count. It's not quantum mechanics, for God's sake. Which means, there was an intentional effort to graduate unqualified students, and an apparently widespread problem in even providing enough classroom instruction to meet the criteria. What other shortcuts did they take? We likely won't find out, because Republicans seem intent on ignoring the problem:
Cobey dismissed the need for a new system for checking graduation eligibility because it would be unnecessary. He said charter schools should simply be trusted to enforce graduation standards and requirements.
“My experience with educators is that they are people of very high character,” Cobey said. “Is it going to be perfect? No, obviously.
“I believe this is an isolated case,” he continued. “Are there other isolated cases? Maybe. But I have a very high-level (of) trust in the educators in this state.”
You'll notice he artfully dodges any reference to charter schools, lumping them all together as "educators." Even though charters are only required to have half (50%) of their teachers certified.