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Two Bay area parents: "With California having more charter schools that any other state, one would expect strong oversight of this massive, statewide public investment. But according to a report released earlier this year by In the Public Interest, California and U.S. taxpayers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on charter school buildings with little oversight and accountability. Since 2003, the public has helped the private groups that manage California’s charter schools lease, build, or buy school facilities with $2.5 billion in funding or publicly subsidized financing statewide. Right here in the Bay Area, charter schools in Santa Clara County, Contra Costa County, and Oakland have received nearly $300 million for their school buildings. The report found that much of this investment has gone to schools that aren’t needed and those that perform worse than nearby traditional public schools serving similar students."