by Krystal Paco
Guam - It's been a learning experience for all those involved with establishing the island's first charter school.
And in response to recent events involving the Guahan Academy Charter School, Bill 237 introduced by Speaker Judi Won Pat and Senator Aline Yamashita strikes language in Guam law that states charter schools are not subject to GovGuam procurement rules and regulations.
Yamashita said, "We introduced that measure to clarify and to make sure that everybody understood that while our island supports charter schools, that the idea of giving our tax dollar money out is a serious, serious endeavor and we will oversee it."
As we reported last month, Guahan Academy Charter School officials kept hush before lawmakers at an oversight hearing, deferring all questions to their attorney, Daniel Somerfleck.
Yamashita clarifies that because GACS is receiving $5,500 per student from the DOE budget they are subject to report to lawmakers.
She adds another oversight will be set for January.