A Texas Education Department report indicates the state’s Education Agency could spend more than $50 million on Dick Cheney education company, as the former vice president has been under scrutiny for allegedly receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer funds while working for the state.
The report, which was requested by Texas Education Secretary Johnnie Jenkins, was published Tuesday in the State Auditor’s Office.
The report is not public and does not provide any information on how the funds would be used, but it comes as Cheney is under scrutiny after reports emerged that he used public money to pay for a company to help develop a plan to overhaul the state charter school system.
In a statement to Breitbart News, Jenkins said the Education Agency is committed to a transparent and accountable process to ensure accountability.
“I am very pleased that the Office of the State Superintendent of Education is looking into the possibility of using additional funds for the Dick Cheney Education Foundation, and I thank them for that,” Jenkins said.
“I have directed the Office to continue to cooperate with the investigation.
I will continue to monitor the state and the education community, and we will ensure accountability, transparency and accountability in all aspects of our programs and operations.”
Cheney was paid $100,000 in taxpayer dollars to help with a plan that was proposed in 2010 to overhaul Texas’s charter school sector.
The plan called for the creation of more than 10,000 new charter schools by 2019 and to create a new public school to replace the private schools that have been closing.
The new school would be run by the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation.
The Education Agency reported that the plan did not include the potential use of taxpayer funds to help build a new charter school, nor did it include the use of public funds to support the charter school project.
It did however report that the Dick, Betsy and Trumps foundation had agreed to pay $30,000 for a private pilot school that would be developed in the new charter building, and $1,000 to help design the new building.
State Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Austin) called the Education Commission’s report “disappointing” in a statement.
“The education agency is looking at whether or not to investigate further, and that investigation should be conducted by the state auditor’s office.
The investigation should look at whether this money was improperly used for the private pilot,” Brady said.
The Edwards Institute for Public Policy released a report last year that revealed the DeVos family gave $4 million to a nonprofit called the DeVos Foundation to support charter school initiatives.
That report showed the DeVos Family Foundation was a partner in the Edwards Institute, which has funded several charter schools in Texas.