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Charter schools lay out budget needs

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All three of Guam's Charter schools want $6,500 per student. At a budget hearing representatives from Guahan Academy Charter School justified the need to allocate the full amount to 740 students.

Chairwoman Fe Ovalles asked senators to consider separate budgets. She's requesting the Department of Administration replace Guam Department of Education to validate appropriations from the General Fund.

"We have always pushed to separate the two because when the budget comes from GDOE they really don't review it and I think that it's only right that the charter school come and testify on their behalf," noted board member Rosie Tainatango.

However, Francis Santos, on the board of iLearn Academy, disagreed.

"As to how we're going to be audited, we're required to be audited but the validation process I do not agree keep that with GDOE if there's one place that understand the education system or at least they think they do, it's them," he said.

iLearn Academy currently has 620 students. Santos says the school will be visited by an accreditation team soon. Dr. Judith Won Pat says GACS is still working on being accredited.

Senators also asked to see progress on the latest of the newest charter school, SIFA, whose campus is still in the works.

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