As we continue to compile and sort through information regarding MVRCS, we must stress that our intent is to secure the future of our school and not destroy it. In light of these troubling financial times, the thought that our school has abused, misappropriated, or wasted funds, is disappointing and cause for concern. We have all seen the media expose individuals, organizations, and public officials who appeared to be abusing the system. Examples range from the recent scandal regarding nepotism within the Probation Department, ‘Disabled’ ex-cop Dotty Martin competing in triathlons, Signet Electronics rigging bids for state contracts, State Representatives abusing the reimbursement of travel expenses (State Representative Abuse of Travel Expenses), questionable salaries for the non-profit Rose Kennedy Greenway Project in Boston (High Salaries of Rose Kennedy Greenway Project Employees), Brockton City Official Joseph Vasapollo accepting bribes (Brockton Official Accepting Bribes. Lt. Governor Murray has recently been quoted as saying “We are going to continue to be aggressive with companies up and down who are abusing the law …trying to influence or rig the process." (Lt. Governor Murray Position on Companies Abusing the Law). While we do not want to see MVRCS in the headlines with words such as corruption, mismanagement, or fraud, we also do not want things to continue as they have. In light of the schools unwillingness to release information required under FIOA laws, their continued disregard for the Conflict of Issue laws, Codes of Conduct, and laws governing both our education system and Charter Schools have caused us to question the future our school. According to the laws that govern charter schools (DSES Charter School Laws and Regulations) the charter could be revoked under 603CMR1.13:
3. Charter Revocation Under 603 CMR 1.13(1), the Board of Education may revoke a charter during its five-year term for cause. Possible causes that could lead to revocation include but are not limited to:
1.13: Charter Revocation, Probation, Suspension, and Non-Renewal
(1) The Board may suspend or revoke (hereinafter, "revoke") a charter for cause, including but not limited to:
(a) a material misrepresentation in the application for approval of the charter or renewal of the charter;
(b) failure to comply substantially with the terms of the charter, with any of the applicable provisions of M.G.L. c. 71, or with any other applicable law or regulation;
(c) financial insolvency;
(d) misappropriation, conversion, mismanagement, or illegal withholding of funds or refusal to pay any funds that belong to any person otherwise entitled thereto and that have been entrusted to the charter school or its administrators in their fiduciary capacities;
(e) fraud or gross mismanagement on the part of charter school administrators or board of trustees, including but not limited to, mismanagement of the educational program and failure to provide a healthy and safe environment for students;
(f) criminal convictions on the part of the charter school or its board of trustees; or
(g) failure to fulfill any conditions imposed by the Board in connection with the grant or renewal of a charter.
It is our hope to initiate change by demanding MVRCS be managed in accordance with the laws and with transparency, accountability, and ethically. It is only then that we will feel secure about the future of our school and our children.