January, 2020

JAN 25, 2020 – Troubled Pine Bluff charter school given academic-year reprieve

Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School, a financially and academically struggling charter school in Pine Bluff, will stay open at least through the end of this school year, the Arkansas Board of Education decided Friday.


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JAN 23, 2020 – Facing criticism, Bullis Charter School dumps controversial ‘hills’ preference in enrollment lottery

Los Altos School District officials, later joined by staff from the Santa Clara County Office of Education, said such a priority could give wealthier families an edge while stunting the charter school’s enrollment of underserved students.


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JAN 23, 2020 – Crucial financing on hold for Newark charter school as federal grand jury probe widens

Amid scrutiny by a federal grand jury, the state is holding up critical financing for the non-profit support group of one of Newark’s oldest and largest charter schools — cash needed to pay off $21 million in loans coming due on its high school.


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JAN 22, 2020 ‘We are doing some cleanup right now’: Easton charter school administrator accused of changing grades put on leave

In a lawsuit filed in December 2018 by the charter elementary school’s former principal, Zupko and Chief Financial Officer Shawn Ferrera were accused of changing grades to “falsely reflect the effectiveness of the school’s programs.”


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JAN 21, 2020 – Wilmington charter school suspends use of seclusion room after illegal usage

The Cape Fear Center for Inquiry suspended use of its seclusion room last fall after the family of a seven-year-old student filed a grievance against the public charter school. The school admitted that the room — and its policies for the room — did not meet minimum state standards.


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JAN 20, 2020 – Utah charter school may pay back millions in special education money

A Utah charter school, American Preparatory Academy, is in the middle of an audit because of school’s special education spending.


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JAN 17, 2020 – Madera charter director leaves job amid school battery investigation, email shows

News of Retana’s departure comes after a two-month investigation criminal investigation conducted by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. He has been on leave from the district since November.


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JAN 17, 2020 – Two charter schools should repay $5.5 million, state audit recommends

Two charter schools in Broward County failed to adequately prove students attended during the 2017-18 school year and should repay a combined $5.5 million, the state Auditor General report says.


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JAN 17, 2020 – Charter school founder arrested, accused of stealing from school

Yuma Police said officers arrested 56-year-old Mario Ybarra on January 11 on charges of disorderly conduct and theft. Both are misdemeanor charges. 


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JAN 17, 2020 – Bethlehem superintendent knew he would take heat for talking about race and charter schools. Here’s why he did anyway.

Bethlehem schools Superintendent Joseph Roy knew he was going to be criticized for his remarks last month about race and charter schools.


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JAN 15, 2020 – Kennesaw charter school announces closure

A Kennesaw charter school announced Wednesday it will be closing permanently at the end of the school year, leaving parents looking for places to send their children in August.


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Jan 14, 2020 – Texas education officials weigh new rules to fast-track charter school expansion

Amid protests from teachers groups and public school advocates, Texas education officials are rewriting the state’s rules for approving new charter schools in order to speed up the process and allow some charter operators to expand more quickly and with less state oversight.


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JAN 14, 2020 – State: City on a Hill broke law by failing to investigate bullying

Years before declining enrollment and other problems at the City on a Hill charter school in New Bedford led to its impending closure in June, the school’s response to a series of cyberbullying incidents broke state law, The Standard-Times has learned.


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JAN 12, 2020 – Bricolage parents join chorus of those concerned about special-education services in New Orleans

The most recent complaints echo others made over the years by families who have accused the city’s privately run but publicly funded charter schools of intentionally and unintentionally shutting out and failing to educate students who have learning disabilities.


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JAN 10, 2020 – ‘After all the damage, now they want to sell?’ | DC charter school leaving before it opens

You would think neighbors in the Fairlawn section of Southeast would be happy that Eagle Academy may be moving out of the community. But a group of homeowners feel like they’ve been duped by the school and its developers, who they say not only damaged their properties, but cut corners.  


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JAN 10, 2020 – A Texas-sized challenge — schools need to improve outcomes for students with disabilities

Recent reporting by John Tedesco and Shelby Webb about the specific failures of some Texas charter schools comes as no surprise to education advocates and parents of students with disabilities. 


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JAN 08, 2020 – Inglewood charter school with history of alleged wrongdoing denied renewal by county

The Los Angeles County Board of Education voted Tuesday to close an Inglewood charter school with a lengthy history of financial problems and mixed academic performance that illustrated flaws in California’s oversight system.


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JAN 06, 2020 – Churches, private entities that served A3 charter school students say they’re owed $1.8 million

Churches and corporations that were paid tax dollars to educate A3 charter school students are asking a judge for $1.8 million they say they are owed by the network, which was shut down last year after A3 leaders were indicted for an alleged fraud scheme.


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JAN 06, 2020 – State Board of Education votes to uphold decision to close Memphis charter school

The Tennessee State Board of Education on Monday unanimously voted to uphold Shelby County Schools’ revocation of Southwest Early College High School’s charter.


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Jan 05, 2020 -Loophole could give F-rated charter schools millions meant for better schools

East Academy, Cleveland Preparatory Academy and West Park Academy charter schools each scored an F on their latest state report cards.


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