there is long‐standing and widespread abuse in the DOE’s “Community Use of School Facilities Program.” The abuse has cost taxpayers millions of dollars in lost revenue, and million‐dollar losses are continuing every year because of unpaid rental fees and utilities charges by literally hundreds of churches operating out of nearly as many public schools. Relators have called for the entire program to be audited, reformed and for all monies owing to be collected.
As part of their investigation, Relators produced a 2,242‐page report ...[which] contains substantial material evidence of widespread abuse and outright fraud perpetrated by churches, often with the explicit approval or knowledge of school principals and/or their designees. There are literally hundreds of churches operating out of Hawaii’s public schools every weekend, some of whom who have been holding worship services and other church activities at the same schools for 5, 10, 15, even 20 years and longer, without ever attempting to find an alternate location.Honolulu Civil Beat and Friendly Atheist blog report on the lawsuit. [Thanks to Scott Mange for the lead.]