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December 2018

DEC 13, 2018 – Charter school principal charged with indecent assault of student

The former principal of a Harrisburg charter school is accused of having indecent contact with a student. Harrisburg police say Timothy S. Hess inappropriately touched a boy on several occasions at Sylvan Heights Science Charter School.

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DEC 13, 2018 – Antioch school board one step closer to revoking charter schools’ approval

Two proposed charter schools in Antioch could be shut down before they even open. Antioch Unified school board trustees voted Wednesday to proceed with revoking the charters for a middle school and a high school under the East Bay Tech Academy name. 

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DEC 12, 2018 – Troubled Global Village Academy charter school in Fort Collins told to close by June 30

After years of turnover and turmoil, Global Village Academy in Fort Collins will have to fight to stay open after June 30 — otherwise about 177 students will have to find new schools. 

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DEC 12, 2018 – New Mexico charter school gets money for students who left

A charter school in New Mexico that teaches students remotely by phone and internet is receiving public funding for hundreds of students who no longer are enrolled, amid attempts by state education officials to close to the school.

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DEC 11, 2018 – State OKs charter school despite business questions

The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools has approved a new charter despite several questions surrounding it. Approval came in spite of concerns about the school’s semi-online model, conflicts of interest in choosing a curriculum and ties to Creamer’s corporate entities.

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DEC 10, 2018 – California teacher faces charges after forcibly cutting a student’s hair while singing anthem

A California high school teacher has lost her job and is facing multiple criminal charges after cellphone video emerged showing her forcibly cutting a student’s hair while belting out an incorrect rendition of the National Anthem.

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DEC 09, 2018 – Erie Rise charter school and its low scores face big test

Erie School District is taking a hard look as Erie Rise’s charter comes up for renewal. PSSA tests show only 6.9 percent of Erie Rise students are proficient or advanced in math.

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DEC 06, 2018 – Charter school suddenly closes in Cape Coral

Parents at Unity Charter School were shocked to hear that the school suddenly closed on Thursday. Parents tell Fox 4 they received an automated message Wednesday evening reporting that there would be no school Thursday, due to circumstances beyond their control.

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DEC 04, 2018 – Memphis board votes to close City University Boys Preparatory charter school

Shelby County Schools recommended closure of the middle school in Whitehaven following a scheduled evaluation to determine if the district should renew its 10-year charter.

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DEC 03, 2018 – Charter schools allowed to skip disclosure on major contracts

Open enrollment charter schools, which last year received up to $2.5 billion in taxpayer funds in Texas, are immune from a law that all public schools must follow, requiring them to make public the terms of important contracts.

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DEC 02, 2018 – New Vision Academy in Nashville is subject of federal, state investigations

New Vision Academy charter school is under federal and state investigations, which expand on the existing Metro Nashville Public Schools investigation launched earlier this year. New Vision is being investigated for financial irregularities and compliance with federal laws regarding building accessibility for students with disabilities. 

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DEC 01, 2018 – Legislator to gain several ways from charter school handoff

An Arizona legislator selling his state-funded charter school business will receive money from consulting work, rent and a loan to the chain beyond pocketing $13.9 million from the $56.9 million transaction itself.

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November 2018

NOV 24, 2018 – SAIL shake-ups have parents frustrated

As summer vacation drew to a close in August, Ashley Swygert said, her children couldn’t wait to return to the School for Arts Infused Learning. But just a month later, that feeling changed as a shake-up in leadership left them and Swygert wondering about the Columbia County charter school’s future.

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NOV 23, 2018 – How did schools known for their gatekeeping policies get designated ‘Equity Honorees’?

Given that these schools are designed to be difficult to access and are only letting in the most academically prepared students and/or those from families that are more well off, how does the state see fit to praise them for modeling equity?

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NOV 22, 2018 – Cherry Creek district grounds Colorado Skies Academy charter school over low enrollment

A charter school aiming to teach middle-school students about space and aviation is being grounded by the Cherry Creek School District because organizers of the Colorado Skies Academy inflated the school’s enrollment numbers, the district said.

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NOV 21, 2018 – Students Outraged at Confederate Banner at Miami-Dade Charter School

Most Americans (up North, at least) likely made it through high-school history class without their teacher flying a Confederate flag in the classroom. It’s perfectly easy to teach kids about the pro-slavery Confederacy without draping the Rebel banner across the room.

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NOV 20, 2018 – Report shows half of charter schools in Richmond have substandard financial accountability and lack parent engagement

Seven charter schools in Richmond were among 43 charter schools in the state found to have faulty records for funds generated by high needs students, says a report by nonprofit law firm Public Advocates.

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NOV 20, 2018 – New audit shows 2015 charter evaluation scandal even worse than thought

Lack of oversight, a haphazard internal investigation, inexplicable emails that don’t say who sent or received them, a stonewalling state superintendent and a failure to secure data are highlighted in a years-long investigation into a charter-school evaluation scandal at the Department of Education that was released Tuesday.

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NOV 19, 2018 – Primavera online charter school CEO pays himself another $1.3 million from school funds

The CEO of Primavera, whose multimillion-dollar payments to himself spurred calls for more oversight of Arizona charter schools, received another $1.3 million from the online charter this past school year, records show.

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NOV 17, 2018 – Teacher From Charter High School in Van Nuys Accused of Child Molestation

Police are seeking information after arresting a teacher from Birmingham Community Charter High School in Van Nuys on suspicion of child molestation, authorities said Saturday.

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NOV 16, 2018 – Former Goldsboro charter school principal wanted for statutory rape of 12-year-old student

The principal of a Wayne County charter school is wanted on charges related to a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old girl who was a student at the school, according to a press release.

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NOV 16, 2018 – State charter school board doesn’t monitor third party charter school contractors

After the school’s administration, and Sharette herself, refused to provide details about the taxpayer dollars, we went to APA’s charter authorizer, the Utah Charter School Board.

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NOV 15, 2018 – RECORD EDITORIAL: Charter school oversight?

Charter schools have become private schools funded by public money. And we’ve always had a problem with mixing the two. So did the courts, finding the process unconstitutional.

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NOV 15, 2018 – New Orleans parents call on district to directly manage schools

Parents from four New Orleans public schools are putting pressure on the school district out of frustration with what they call the city’s “charter school experiment.”

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NOV 15, 2018 – A $5 million question at American Preparatory Academy

American Preparatory Academy is Utah’s largest charter school provider with four campuses and an estimated 2018-2019 enrollment of 5,048 students. Because it’s the largest, reporters with KUTV2’s Beyond the Books decided to dig into the school’s finances.

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NOV 14, 2018 – Noble charter schools founder out for ‘inappropriate behavior,’ CPS investigates

Michael Milkie, founder of Chicago’s Noble Network of Charter Schools, is out because of “a pattern of inappropriate behavior” that’s now the subject of two investigations — one by a law firm hired by the publicly funded, privately run chain and the other by the Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general.

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NOV 14, 2018 – Charter school art teacher fired, charged

A St. Joseph man has lost his job as an art teacher and faces a criminal charge after he allegedly threw a chair in his classroom.

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NOV 14, 2018 – Parents, students sue Colorado charter school they say violated their First Amendment rights

A charter school in Commerce City now faces a federal lawsuit after parents and students said it suspended the entire student body. Students at Victory Preparatory Academy said their First Amendment rights were violated last year on Sept. 28, during a school assembly.

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NOV 14, 2018 – Secrecy surrounds the operations of American Preparatory Academy

One of its founders and its Executive Director, Carolyn Sharette, is also the registered agent of a for-profit management company, American Preparatory Schools, Inc., which will charge the school $5,805,200 for the 2018-2019 school year.

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NOV 12, 2018 – State revokes school’s charter

The newest charter school in the Twin Counties may be closing soon after its charter was revoked by the state. Upon the recommendation of the Office of Charter Schools, the State Board of Education voted Nov. 1 to revoke the charter of Global Achievers School, Dave Machado, director of the state Office of Charter Schools, confirmed Thursday.

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NOV 12, 2018 – Charter school gives no response to $5 million spending

Why isn’t a Utah charter school answering questions about how $5 million of taxpayer money was used for her school?A Beyond the Books investigation digs deeper to find out what’s being done with your money.

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NOV 10, 2018 – Troubled school faces closure, possible criminal investigation over board mismanagement

Orleans Parish school district Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. told Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy parents and staff crammed into the Central City charter school Monday night that it will close at the end of school year.

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NOV 09, 2018 – Philly’s Khepera Charter School loses appeal, plans to close next year

Khepera Charter School in North Philadelphia, which had its charter revoked last year after complaints it hadn’t paid teachers or rent, has lost its appeal to a state board and is planning to close at the end of the school year.

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NOV 09, 2018 – Nanakuli charter school in upheaval over finances, leadership

Its head of school and his wife were placed on leave and a state commission took a drastic step of replacing its board of directors.

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NOV 08, 2018 – Memphis charter school sues former principal at center of student protests

A Memphis charter high school is seeking $300,000 in damages — alleging that its former principal has been encouraging students to transfer from the high school and that he has violated his severance agreement.

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NOV 08, 2018 – Why did 10 SC charter schools transfer from one district to another?

In May 2017, the Charter Institute at Erskine emerged on the scene. For the 2018-2019 school year, ten schools made the choice to transfer from PCSDSC to Erskine. That mass exodus has prompted questions from lawmakers.

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NOV 07, 2018 – Ex-charter school operator of Discovery Creemos pleads guilty to theft, conspiracy

Daniel K. Hughes was president and CEO of Discovery Creemos Academy in Goodyear when he abruptly shuttered his charter school in January, disrupting the learning of more than 100 students and putting dozens of teachers out of work.

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NOV 07, 2018 – Edgar Harney Elementary School facing closure leaving parents, students worried about future

Another New Orleans school is facing the threat of school closure in the Spring. That’s now a total of four schools that could potentially close in the spring and one that has already closed this school year.

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NOV 06, 2018 – Why Some Officials Have Questioned Martha O’Bryan’s New Charter School In East Nashville

As Cayce is being overhauled into mixed-income housing, the nonprofit is about to move one of its charter schools into that complex. But the new school building has received pushback from some city officials.

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NOV 07, 2018 – Former director of Goodyear charter school pleads guilty to conspiracy

Daniel Hughes, the former director of the Bradley Academy of Excellence, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and theft. According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Goodyear charter school over-reported its number of students enrolled for two years so it could receive additional funding.

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NOV 05, 2018 – Harney charter school principal suspended amid inquiry

The embattled charter school board for Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy has suspended its principal amid an investigation into her actions this year.

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NOV 03, 2018 – Colorado Springs military-style charter school looks to overcome growing pains, leadership ‘churning’

The executive director, chief financial officer and founding principal have left their posts at Colorado Military Academy, which opened in August 2017 as the state’s first military-style school for young students, in what a new school official calls a “churning” of leadership.

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NOV 02, 2018 – Tullytown charter school a financial mess, lawsuit alleges

A charter school in Tullytown chartered by the Pennsbury School District is rife with fraudulent and improper financial practices, former Business Manager and Board of Trustees Secretary Terri Sparango alleges in a lawsuit recently filed in Bucks County Court.

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OCTOBER – 2018

OCT 29, 2018 – Federal appeals court affirms most of ruling in Delta Charter School discrimination case

A federal appeals court has affirmed almost all of a district court’s remedies to get Delta Charter School to accept more African-American students and stop violating a consent decree with Concordia Parish School District.

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OCT 28, 2018 – Consultant suggests solutions to problems eStem charter school created on UA-Little Rock campus

A private consultant has reported on ways to alleviate problems caused by the arrival of the eStem charter high school on the UA-Little Rock campus. The report says neither institution has realized benefits expected from the partnership to date. 

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OCT 25, 2018 – Antioch school board could pull approval of two charter schools

Concerns about the management of a charter high school in Concord could result in the revocation of two proposed charter schools in Antioch that apparently are connected to it.

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OCT 22, 2018 – Newpoint owner denied bond pending sentencing for fraud, racketeering

A former charter school manager convicted of stealing millions of dollars from Newpoint schools across Florida will remain in custody pending his sentencing.

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OCT 22, 2018 – Parent reacts to constant controversy surrounding SAIL charter school

The School for Arts Infused Learning continues to be in a state of controversy. The latest involves thousands of records transferred from the school’s computers.  

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OCT 18, 2018 – Dorchester charter school overpaid leader nearly $100,000, state says

Trustees at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy charter school in Dorchester lavished its former executive director with hefty pay increases and other perks, including an overpayment of nearly $100,000 as she departed for retirement, the state Inspector General’s Office announced Thursday.

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OCT 17, 2018 – Memphis parents demand answers on charter school principal’s abrupt departure

About 20 Memphis parents and their supporters lined a small conference room after being initially blocked from a charter school’s board meeting to learn more about why a beloved principal was gone eight days into the school year.

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OCT 16, 2018 – Columbia County parents air frustrations over SAIL charter school

Over 70 parents gathered at Evans Towne Center Park on Tuesday to discuss issues with the School for Arts Infused Learning. The Evans charter school’s lack of transparency was the main topic of the gathering, during which several parents aired grievances over the way recent departures were handled. 

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OCT 15, 2018 – In appeal of closure vote, Eastern charter school questions District’s oversight

In April, the SRC, which has since been replaced by the local Board of Education, voted against renewing the East Falls school’s charter after the District Charter Schools Office found the quality of academic programming in both the middle school and high school to be unacceptable.

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OCT 12, 2018 – New Mexico charter schools founder gets 5-year sentence

The founder of a New Mexico public charter school system has been sentenced to five years in federal prison being pleading guilty to defrauding the schools out of millions of dollars. Federal authorities say 51-year-old David Scott Glasrud devised various schemes over a 15-year period to defraud the Southwest Learning Center Schools in Albuquerque.

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OCT 11, 2018 – New Orleans Charter School Closing Mid School Year

The board of New Orleans charter school Crescent Leadership Academy is turning in its charter, effectively shutting down in the middle of the school year, according to a letter from Orleans Parish School Board superintendent Henderson Lewis.

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OCT 11, 2018 – After theft charge, the status of Cheryl Pruitt’s Chicago charter school job is in question

Former Gary Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt’s new job may be in question just days after she was charged with theft and official misconduct. The Chicago Virtual Charter School’s board met for 30 minutes in a closed session on Wednesday night to discuss two issues, including a personnel matter, records showed

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OCT 09, 2018 – Pointe charter students didn’t take AIMS science test — and it could shut the school down

Pointe Schools, an Arizona charter school operator with three schools and more than 1,100 students, is at risk of closing amid a slew of problems — including neglecting to give its students the required state AIMS science test.

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OCT 09, 2018 – Sharon McPhail fired from Detroit charter school due to battle over credentials

Former Detroit city councilwoman Sharon McPhail was fired from her post as the chief administrative officer of a Detroit charter school. Bay Mills Community College, which controls Detroit Community Schools, let McPhail go because of an ongoing battle over her superintendent credentials which has resulted in the school not being able to get financing.

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OCT 08, 2018 – Police report states Evans charter school superintendent was fired

Kevin Burnley, current vice-chairman of the Board of Governors for the School for Arts-Infused Learning in Evans, also told the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office his suspicions that the former superintendent, a former school staffer and a now-dismissed board member conspired to illegally alter the superintendent’s contract.

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OCT 08, 2018 – State Charter Board makes complaints against schools hard to find

Parents scouring the state Charter Board website for information about their child’s school would in recent years have been left with a false impression. For the past three years, each charter school’s profile on the site displayed the message: “This charter has no complaints.”

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OCT 05, 2018 – Ex-treasurer of Mason Classical charter school alleges lax financial oversight, verbal abuse

The complaint states the school’s top administrators, under the guidance of Mason Principal David Hull, “knowingly and willfully created an environment … where fraud can occur without detection.”

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OCT 05, 2018 – Charter school in Maricopa closes just months into the new school year

Just months into a new school year, a charter school in Maricopa is closing its doors. The announcement by officials with Camino Montessori came as a shock to parents and students, who will now be forced to change schools. 

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OCT 04, 2018 – Tulsa Charter School To Hold Meeting Over Allegations Of Staff Inappropriate Behavior

There is a special board meeting scheduled today to discuss reports staff members at Tulsa’s Langston Hughes Academy, acted inappropriately. What that inappropriate behavior was still hasn’t been officially revealed.

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OCT 03, 2018 – Langston Hughes Academy Staff Members Accused Of Inappropriate Behavior

Langston Hughes Academy says some staff members accused of inappropriate behavior have been suspended without pay, pending an investigation. The school has also confirmed that they reported those allegations to police.

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OCT 03, 2018 – The Easiest Money Bill Ackman Has Made Lately Is In A Bunch Of Charter Schools

It turns out that Bill Ackman is making good money in the most unexpected of places: financing charter schools for low-income kids.

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OCT 02, 2018 – Guilty verdict for man who defrauded Newpoint charter schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough

The founder of a company that operated charter schools in Pinellas, Hillsborough and five other Florida counties was found guilty late Thursday of using those schools to steer millions of dollars into his personal accounts.

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OCT 02, 2018 – Why we’re suing

Imagine your hard-earned tax dollars being taken away from your kids’ local school district and instead given to an unaccountable online school that was falsifying attendance data and failing to graduate students at staggering rates.

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OCT 02, 2018 – This lawmaker stands to earn at least $11M on his own charter schools. His votes helped lay the groundwork.

Near the end of the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers were poised to pass a budget that would give educators large raises and require greater financial accountability for both district and charter schools. House Speaker J.D. Mesnard and Rep. Eddie Farnsworth had other plans.

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OCT 01, 2018 – New Castle charter school closes suddenly, students scramble to find new school

With the school year already well underway, hundreds of students from the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, commonly referred to as DAPPS, found themselves at this quickly organized school fair Wednesday searching for a new place to attend class.

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September 2018

SEP 28, 2018 – Audit finds steep salaries, misuse of funds at Clayton Valley charter school

The married top leaders of Clayton Valley Charter High School raked in almost $850,000 in less than two years before leaving the school last spring, a county investigation found.

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SEP 27, 2018 – Parents sue charter school over handling of reported assault

Parents of a former Boise charter school student are suing the school because they say administrators created a hostile school environment by failing to adequately respond after their daughter reported she had been sexually assaulted by another student.

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SEP 27, 2018 – ‘Chaos At Kamalani’: Why It’s So Hard To Run A Charter School

Founders of an arts-focused charter school in central Oahu are facing mounting complaints from parents in the midst of rapid teacher turnover and signs of a possible shift away from the school’s original mission.

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SEP 26, 2018 – State auditor confirms embezzlement at Alma D’Arte High School

The New Mexico state auditor confirmed tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen from Alma D’Arte Charter High School. “Any dollar that doesn’t go where it’s supposed to go is a dollar I’m concerned about,” said State Auditor Wayne Johnson.

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SEP 26, 2018 – Irate parents seek answers after charter school shakeup

The board of Columbia County’s first and only charter school left a roomful of irate parents with more questions than answers Wednesday night surrounding the departure of the school’s superintendent and the school’s future.

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SEP 26, 2018 – ‘This is horrific’: Detroit charter school stuns parents and students with news that it will close next week

Just weeks after starting the school year, parents and students at the Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice got the stunning news Wednesday that their school will close next week.

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SEP 25, 2018 – Former charter school board member pleads guilty to receiving child pornography

A former board member of a Saginaw-area charter school has pleaded guilty to receving child porn. Jesse Medina, 36, is the former school board president at North Saginaw Charter Academy in Kochville Township.

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SEP 25, 2018 – State College Area School District to seek civil action against Wonderland Charter School

The State College Area school board at its meeting Monday night authorized district solicitor Scott Etter to pursue civil action against the former Wonderland Charter School and its founders and senior administrators, Harold and Marilyn Ohnmeis.

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SEP 20, 2018 – For-Profit Charter School Founder Uses Extortion and Threats in Letter to Parents

LivingstonDevelopmentalAcademy Co-Founder Chuck Stockwell is considered an institution in the Michigan for-profit charter school industry.

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SEP 20, 2018 – Weeks into the school year Columbus charter school parents have transportation concerns

Some charter school students in Columbus are facing some pretty big transportation issues to start the school year. A major change in the way students sign up to ride the bus has left some kids with no way to get to and from school.

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SEP 19, 2018 – Will Students Drown in a Charter School’s Ocean of Debt?

Imagine if the LAUSD decided that one of their schools was draining resources from the District and decided to shut it down just days into the start of the school year. Of course, this would never happen. Part of the mission of public schools is to serve all students, even if some students cost more to educate than others.

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SEP 18, 2018 – Charleston Mandarin language charter school faces closure 1 month after opening

Low enrollment, financial woes and staffing problems could spell the end for East Light Academy, a Mandarin-language charter school that opened in the Charleston area just one month ago.

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SEP 18, 2018 – Report Details Florida Charter School Closures

A new report from a Tallahassee-based research group raises questions about the growing role of charter schools in Florida, including citing the closure of 373 charter schools since 1998.

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SEP 17, 2018 – Newpoint Charter employee gives court testimony on alleged racketeering scheme

The former owner of a charter school company is on trial in Escambia County. Marcus May is charged with organized fraud and racketeering. May owned “Newpoint Education Partners.” May’s company ran several charter schools throughout Florida, including three in Escambia county.

SEP 17, 2018 – Watchdog group slams state leaders for using public funds for charter schools

An independent government watchdog group on Monday released a biting report on the controversial ‘Schools of Hope’ charter school expansion law passed in 2017.

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SEP 15, 2018 – Dallas Charter School Superintendent Resigns Days After I-Team Receives Credit Card Statements

The records showed tens of thousands of dollars the school’s top officials spent on travel, luxury hotels and fine dining.

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SEP 15, 2018 – Three charter schools facing penalties for financial records

Three charter schools on the Suncoast are facing state penalties for their financial record. According to an audit report from the 2017 school year, Manatee County School for the Arts and Sciences was found to have a weakness in maintaining their financial record.

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SEP 12, 2018 – Michigan fines Detroit charter school over administrator — again

The state has revoked the administrator certification for Sharon McPhail — and fined the charter school where the former Detroit councilwoman serves as a chief administrator — over questions about whether she’s continuing to run the school despite claims by the school that she is no longer functioning as a superintendent.

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SEP 12, 2018 – Loophole in $25M school contract highlighted in audit

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts could have benefited from a loophole in state law when it built its $25 million school, the state auditor general announced this week.

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SEP 11, 2018 – Auditor general: Loophole lets charter schools keep public in the dark

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts did nothing illegal during the bidding process for its $25 million facility, but it may have benefited from a loophole in state law that allows charters to conduct construction business in private, the state auditor general said Tuesday.

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SEP 11, 2018 – Arizona Rep. Eddie Farnsworth is a charter school millionaire – and you helped pay for it

Yet another millionaire is made, thanks to the latest in charter school scheming. This time, it’s state Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, who has figured out a way to sell his charter school business – the one built with taxpayer funds – and make millions on the deal and then likely get himself hired to continue running the operation.

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SEP 11, 2018 – Georgia School Brings Back Paddling as a Form of Punishment for Its Students

The Georgia School of Innovation and the Classics (GSIC) sent home a consent form to parents requesting permission to use the corporal punishment on their children if they act out in the classroom, according to the local news report.

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SEP 10, 2018 – Caught on camera: Teacher sexually assaulted inside DC charter school, put on unpaid leave

A DC elementary teacher was sexually assaulted on campus in the middle of a large room. The attack was caught on camera. In a twist, the charter school the teacher worked for switched her to unpaid leave for the rest of the school year.

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SEP 07, 2018 – Sacramento High School Students Hold Walk-Out in Protest of School’s Recent Changes

Students at Sacramento High School in Oak Park are in open revolt; refusing to return to class until their demands are met by the school’s administration. At issue is the dismissal of several faculty and staff over the summer and new rules for student’s uniforms and dismissal after class.

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SEP 04, 2018 – ‘I can’t believe it’s not a crime’: Brnovich says lawmakers must pass charter school reforms

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is calling for new legislation to provide more oversight of the state’s charter schools in response to the latestArizona Republic investigation into financial dealings at a major online school.

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SEP 03, 2018 – Teachers at Phoenix charter school concerned over Uber usage for student transport

Weeks after a Valley Uber driver put a charter school on blast for using the ride-share service as a school bus to transport students, new concerns are coming forward about the practice.

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SEP 02, 2018 – Trenton Ninth Grade Academy cleans up failed charter school’s mess

Trenton Ninth Grade Academy staff entered the failed $17 million charter school building on Perry Street earlier this summer and discovered an unwelcoming interior.

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AUGUST – 2018

AUG 31, 2018 – Paris Academy founder says she didn’t inflate enrollment, politics closed school

Nancy Paris says she didn’t create fake students to inflate enrollment numbers to receive more state school aid funds than she was entitled.

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AUG 31, 2018 – Clayton Valley Charter hires investigators to look into ‘allegations of misconduct’

Law firm hired to investigate alleged misconduct by the former Executive Director, but school has asked for gag orders for witnesses.

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AUG 30, 2018 – Students with disabilities improperly suspended at Newark’s largest charter school network, complaint says

Newark’s largest charter-school network suspends students with disabilities at a disproportionately high rate, violating their rights, according to a new complaint filed with the state.

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AUG 29, 2018 – Ethics panel upholds nepotism ruling against charter school CEO

The state Ethics Adjudicatory Board will not reconsider its ruling that Doris Hicks, CEO of charter school network the Friends of King Schools, repeatedly violated state anti-nepotism laws.

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AUG 28, 2018 – New Jersey Charter School Caught Booting Mass of Black Kids Into Street for Minor Dress Code Violations

Video uploaded to Facebook shows several Marion P. Thomas Charter High School students hanging out at a public park in their school uniforms after they say they were booted from school over dress code violations. One teen explained he was kicked out simply for having white soles on his shoes.

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AUG 27, 2018 – A teacher’s arrest was delayed for months. Then the victim saw him at school

After reporting her son’s science teacher to the police in April, Natalee Clarke figured her son would never cross paths with him again. After all, Boynton Beach police had launched an investigation into whether the teacher had kicked over her son’s stool during class, causing him to fall.

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AUG 27, 2018 – A college student is teaching economics at Success Academy — founder Eva Moskowitz’s son

When students arrived at Success Academy’s high school last week, some found a surprising figure at the front of their class. Their economics teacher from day one was gone, having resigned just hours into the school year. In his place: Culver Grannis Moskowitz, the son of Success CEO Eva Moskowitz.

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AUG 26, 2018 – Ohio probes charter school operators accused of defrauding parents, students and taxpayers in Florida

Ohio’s top public accountant is actively investigating the case of two businessmen accused of using charter schools to defraud Florida taxpayers, students and schools — and maybe here, too.

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AUG 26, 2018 – Ohio probes charter school operators accused of defrauding parents, students and taxpayers in Florida

Ohio’s top public accountant is actively investigating the case of two businessmen accused of using charter schools to defraud Florida taxpayers, students and schools — and maybe here, too. On Friday, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost acknowledged that a probe has been ongoing for a year.

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AUG 26, 2018 – Trump Administration Forcing Detained Children To Attend Online, For-Profit Charter School?

Is the Trump Administration forcing detained migrant and refugee children to choose an online, for-profit charter school in Texas?

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AUG 24, 2018 – L.A. charter school closes due to low enrollment; campus was in network co-founded by Ref Rodriguez

On the fourth day of its second school year, an Eagle Rock charter school closed its doors this week, leaving parents and students disappointed, angry and tearful — and bucking the usual narrative of ceaseless charter growth.

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AUG 23, 2018 – Lawsuit Filed Against Charter School Involving Former Teacher Accused Of Molestation

More disturbing allegations surfacing against Christopher Falzone who was arrested last week on charges of molesting a ten-year-old girl at a Fort Lauderdale summer camp.

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AUG 23, 2018 – Charter School in Eagle Rock Abruptly Closes Due to Low Enrollment, Leaving Students Scrambling

On the fourth day of its second school year, an Eagle Rock charter school closed its doors this week, leaving parents and students disappointed, angry and tearful — and bucking the usual narrative of ceaseless charter growth.

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AUG 23, 2018 – A Palmdale charter school borrowed nearly $30 million to build a new campus. Then it got shut down

For the last year, construction on the corner of Avenue R and 40th Street East in Palmdale hummed along as a massive school campus took shape.

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AUG 22, 2018 – Former Principal Alleges Oakland’s BayTech School Was Source of Funding for Gülen Movement

The school’s former principal, Hayri Hatipoglu, alleges that the embattled charter school was used to bankroll a religious and political movement that was accused by Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of participating in an attempted 2016 coup.

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AUG 22, 2018 – Primavera charter CEO gets $8.8M despite having Arizona’s third-highest dropout rate

By most academic measures, Primavera online charter school is a failure. Its student-to-teacher ratio is 215-to-1 — 12 times the state average — allowing little or no individualized attention. On recently released state standardized tests, less than a quarter of its students passed math and about a third passed English, both below the state average.

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AUG 20, 2018 – Paterson charter school agrees to $90,000 settlement in sexual harassment case

A city charter school has agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit that a substitute teacher filed last December against an administrator who was thinking of running for mayor at the time.

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AUG 19, 2018 – Bronx charter school teacher says she was fired for reporting sexual harassment

An award-winning Bronx charter school teacher sounded the alarm on vile sexual harassment by one of her students — and then was fired by vengeful administrators anxious to avoid a scandal, an explosive lawsuit charges.

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AUG 17, 2018 – Failed inspection delays start date for new charter school

“This isn’t uncommon. It’s unfortunate, obviously, but it is not uncommon when starting a charter school or starting a school,” McClelland said. “We’re not going to be throwing something together in order to make sure that we can open school, but that we will ensure that kids are safe when they come in.”

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AUG 16, 2018 – Glendale charter school drops student because of his disability, mom alleges

The mother of a student at Heritage Elementary has accused the Glendale charter school of kicking out her 6-year-old son because he has a disability.Haylee Barthol made the allegation in a complaint to the state Charter Board.

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AUG 13, 2018 – Why are charter schools paying a bounty (with public funds) to get students?

Just as a department store shoe salesman earns a commission if he can sell you a pair of loafers, at least one consultant is earning a commission if she can sell parents on enrolling their child in a certain charter school.

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AUG 11, 2018 – Democracy Prep charter school says this will be its last year in Southeast D.C.

A prominent Southeast Washington charter school with more than 600 students announced Friday that the coming school year will be its last. Leaders of Democracy Prep Congress Heights said in an email to parents that the school, which has students in preschool through eighth grade, was unable “to provide Congress Heights scholars the school they deserve.”

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AUG 11, 2018 – Pioneering Ohio charter school operator sells off assets

A for-profit charter school operator in Ohio that became a pioneer of the school choice movement has gotten out of the business, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. White Hat Management, founded in 2000 by Akron industrialist David Brennan, has quietly sold off the last of its contracts to run charter schools.

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AUG 10, 2018 – Oakland’s BayTech Charter School Violated Multiple State Laws

School administrators forced students to buy uniforms, graduation caps and gowns, and made parents buy tickets to attend ceremonies. BayTech’s board also repeatedly violated the Brown Act.

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AUG 09, 2018 – Federal Lawsuit Proceeds Against Success Academy Charter Network

This month a U.S. District Court judge ruled that a federal lawsuit against the Success Academy Charter School Network can proceed. Parents of five former Success pre-school and kindergarten students at its Fort Greene school in Brooklyn charge that the network discriminates against children with disabilities and retaliates against families, forcing them to remove their children from Success schools.

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AUG 09, 2018 – Orleans school district cites Harney charter school for possible violations of federal law

The Orleans Parish school district has cited Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy for allegedly violating federal law by improperly withholding tens of thousands of dollars in employee retirement contributions. The district also issued a warning to the school for failing to provide adequate services for special education students.

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AUG 08, 2018 – Ohio wins case against online charter school ECOT

Ohio had authority to calculate a giant online charter school’s funding using student participation data rather than only enrollment, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in the latest blow to the now-dismantled e-school.

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AUG 08, 2018 – Ex-Logos head faces $5,500 fine for ethics violations

A state ethics commission will decide Friday whether to fine the former executive director of Logos Public Charter School $5,500 for violating ethics laws when he signed a $1.5 million contract with the school a month after he had resigned.

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AUG 08, 2018 – BayTech Charter School Under Investigation

The principal suddenly resigned after the school’s board accused him of fraud, but the controversy raises questions about the school’s links to the Gülen movement.

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AUG 08, 2018 – Closed charter school is sued as better options evade displaced students

A major local developer is suing for $870,000 after an Akron charter school abruptly closed this summer with three years left on a rental agreement.

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AUG 07, 2018 – Racketeering trial approaching for Newpoint charter school owner

A Sarasota man is set to stand trial in Pensacola next month for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funding from charter schools he managed.

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AUG 06, 2018 – Families scramble after school bus routes canceled

A charter school in northeast Polk County has cut two bus routes, leaving parents scrambling the week before the new school year begins. “That leaves me with four children that cannot make it to school,” Joseline Sanchez told FOX 13.

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AUG 04, 2018 – Expectations and limitations color Lake Wales charter votes

Lake Wales Charter Schools wants students; members of the Polk County School Board want a guarantee. A permanent solution could take some time and better communication between the two sides, but the School Board approved a motion that appeared to be a show of good faith earlier this week.

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AUG 02, 2018 – Albuquerque charter school abruptly shuts down citing ‘bureaucracy’

A local charter school has suddenly shut down, leaving a lot of students in the lurch less than two weeks before the school year starts.

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AUG 01, 2018 – Many charter schools fail to disclose spending on low-income students, report says

The vast majority of California’s charter schools sampled for a study failed to fully disclose how they spent money on students targeted for assistance under the state’s funding formula.

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JULY – 2018

JUL 30, 2018 – PBC schools chief calls for ‘immediate’ shutdown of Eagle Arts Academy

Frustrated so far in their attempts to close Eagle Arts Academy, Palm Beach County public school leaders are going for the nuclear option: an immediate shutdown of the troubled Wellington charter school.

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JUL 30, 2018 – Elaine Trombetta, sister of charter school founder who stole $8M in school funds, gets probation

The Beaver County woman who helped her brother hide some of the $8 million he stole from PA Cyber Charter School in a far-reaching tax fraud and evasion conspiracy has been sentenced to two years of probation, federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh said Monday.

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JUL 30, 2018 – San Jose charter school delays opening over location dispute

A new charter school that dozens of families in downtown San Jose hoped would open this fall will not welcome students in 2018 after all, leaving parents scrambling for alternatives as summer winds down.

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JUL 29, 2018 – Ohio taxpayers paid $7.7 million to renovate charter-school building valued at $2.4 million

From the outside, Imagine Schools’ Great Western Academy doesn’t look like much of a school. The sterile building sits at the end of a remodeled strip mall along Wilson Road on Columbus’ West Side, where an abundance of empty storefronts nearby hint of better times.

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JUL 27, 2018 – Charter school gets contract renewed after state investigation over alleged grade tampering

After months of uncertainty over accusations of grade tampering at Langston Hughes Academy, their contract is renewed just a month before classes begin.

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JUL 26, 2018 – A principal defends his actions. Then, Sheriff Wells resigns from the school’s board

Principal Eddie Hundley put his excitement on hold Wednesday, at the first board meeting for his new charter school, refuting claims that he knowingly recommended someone for a teaching job while they were under investigation for sexual misconduct.

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JUL 26, 2018 – New Mexico Connections Academy gets a bit more time

A Santa Fe-based online charter school that received orders from the state to close this summer will get to operate for at least one more semester under a state District Court judge’s recent ruling.

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JUL 26, 2018 – New Mexico Connections Academy gets a bit more time

A Santa Fe-based online charter school that received orders from the state to close this summer will get to operate for at least one more semester under a state District Court judge’s recent ruling.

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JUL 26, 2018 – She says her granddaughter’s acceptance to Philly charter was rescinded because of her special-education status

Hours after James handed over the young woman’s Individualized Education Program — the document that spells out the support and services that special-education students must by law receive — the school rescinded the girl’s admission.

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JUL 26, 2018 – A principal defends his actions. Then, Sheriff Wells resigns from the school’s board

Principal Eddie Hundley put his excitement on hold Wednesday, at the first board meeting for his new charter school, refuting claims that he knowingly recommended someone for a teaching job while they were under investigation for sexual misconduct.

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JUL 26, 2018 – New Mexico Connections Academy gets a bit more time

A Santa Fe-based online charter school that received orders from the state to close this summer will get to operate for at least one more semester under a state District Court judge’s recent ruling.

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JUL 26, 2018 – She says her granddaughter’s acceptance to Philly charter was rescinded because of her special-education status

Hours after James handed over the young woman’s Individualized Education Program — the document that spells out the support and services that special-education students must by law receive — the school rescinded the girl’s admission.

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JUL 25, 2018 – As fiscal problems mount, Celerity charter network closes a school

For months after federal agents raided the offices of a Los Angeles charter school network, seizing documents and electronic records, the Celerity Educational Group tried to overhaul its image.

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JUL 23, 2018 – KC charter school closes, leaving parents scrambling to find another option

For years, Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology struggled to meet state performance expectations. As a result, last October its sponsor, the University of Central Missouri, severed ties with the charter. Its contract expired June 30.

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JUL 20, 2018 – Odyssey Charter School parents, teachers want answers to board’s secret leadership decisions

Odyssey Charter School parents and teachers have been packing board meetings this summer to question the hiring of a new co-administrator, the convening of committee meetings with little public notice and the resignation of a board president rumored to be in line for a full-time job.

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JUL 20, 2018 – Orrick settles negligence claim on defunct charter school’s bonds

Tri-Valley Learning Corp., the charter school operator, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize its debts in November 2016 and converted that bankruptcy to Chapter 7 liquidation eight months later.

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JUL 19, 2018 – What some kids who get one bathroom pass a week say they face daily at a DC charter school

Multiple families tell the ABC7 I-Team their children routinely don’t have enough time to eat lunch or go to the bathroom at KIPP DC Northeast Academy, a public charter middle school.

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JUL 17, 2018 – Did Eagle Arts director steal church camera? Feud leads to theft probe

Eagle Arts Academy’s executive director became the target of a theft investigation Monday after authorities say he took video cameras belonging to a church that rents space on the campus, the latest flareup at the charter school as its future becomes increasingly uncertain.

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JUL 17, 2018 – Orleans Parish school district confirms Harney charter school held on to employees’ retirement contributions

The Orleans Parish School Board confirmed Tuesday that a charter school improperly withheld employees’ retirement contributions, which The Lens has reported could have reduced their investment gains and may violate federal guidelines.

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JUL 16, 2018 – I feel good about choosing a charter school. Except for one thing

My son attended a charter school for eight years.  And every year, there was a mandatory meeting for parents at which administrators asked parents to donate $1,800 per student to help pay for the school’s renowned arts program.

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JUL 16, 2018 – Glendale charter school refusing to pay teachers bonus money earned last year

Heritage Elementary, a Glendale charter school that uses “family values curriculum,” is refusing to pay at least 20 teachers — all women — for merit pay they earned in the past academic year, the educators claim.

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JUL 15, 2018 – Mississippi charter school needs to release emails to public

The case stems from allegations that a teacher at a charter school grabbed a student with a disability and dragged him down the hall and then slung him against a wall.

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JUL 15, 2018 – Charter schools’ ‘grand bargain’ As accountability rises, so do closures

Just last month, a virtual charter school serving more than 1,800 kids shut its doors. And last year, four charter schools closed around the state, sending hundreds of students scattering to find a new place to learn.

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JUL 14, 2018 – Charter school CEOs get massive paychecks thanks to private donors

Private donors are boosting the pay of the city’s charter-school chieftains. Eva Moskowitz, CEO of the 46-school Success Academy network, received a pay package totaling $782,175 in 2016.

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JUL 13, 2018 – White Hat charter schools shrink again, turn e-school over to K12 Inc. founder

The once-mighty White Hat charter school empire continues being dismantled, with its longtime e-school – the Ohio Distance Learning Academy (OhDELA) – being turned over to the fast-growing Accel charter school network.

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JUL 11, 2018 – The school board can’t close Eagle Arts, so it’s cutting off its money

Frustrated in their efforts to close the controversial Wellington charter school, school district leaders have decided to stop paying it until a judge determines the school’s final fate.

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JUL 11, 2018 – Arizona charter school founder makes millions building his own schools

Way’s own development and finance companies bought the land and then built most of the school buildings. Then, they sold or leased them to American Leadership Academy, where Way, until last year, was board chairman.

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JUL 10, 2018 – The school board can’t close Eagle Arts, so it’s cutting off its money

Palm Beach County public school leaders can’t seem to shut down Eagle Arts Academy, so they’re trying the next best thing: shutting off the school’s money.

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JUL 10, 2018 – Which Oasis Charter allegations were true? Alisal Union releases investigation’s findings

The investigation found that about half of the allegations were credible, such as the school failing to properly administer state exams during the 2015-2016 school year, the school employing uncredentialed teachers for extended periods of time and hiring employees who posed a conflict of interest.

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JUL 09, 2018 – Ex-CPA who helped Nicholas Trombetta in PA Cyber scheme gets prison term

A former certified public accountant who helped the founder of PA Cyber Charter School shield millions of stolen taxpayer dollars from the IRS is headed to federal prison for a year and a day.

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JUL 09, 2018 – Ka’u Learning Academy Contract Revoked By Charter School Commission

A total of 22 violations, including financial and operational irregularities, enrollment discrepancies, failure to properly maintain student and employee records, and the determination that the charter school’s purported governing board was improperly constituted and did not meet statutory legal requirements.

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JUL 09, 2018 – Michigan online charter school shuts down amid fraud investigation

An online charter school in Michigan has voluntarily shut down after Michigan State Police launched an investigation into alleged fraudulent practices.

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JUL 05, 2018 – Owner of Deadly Hollywood Nursing Home Is Opening a Miami Charter School

But since the deadly incident, which inspired new statewide regulations, sparked a criminal probe, and got the Rehabilitation Center’s license suspended, Michel hasn’t stopped pitching new business ideas. His latest move? Opening a charter school.

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JUL 05, 2018 – Willimantic charter school to close

A charter school in Willimantic is closing amid allegations it reported inconsistent student records, enrollment and allowed unapproved school policies, according to state officials.

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JUL 04, 2018 – Ohio official says e-school’s founder should repay millions

As Ohio seeks to recover over $60 million from a giant online charter school that closed, the attorney general says the school founder and his two businesses should be on the hook for that public funding.

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JUL 03, 2018 – Charter School Principal Calls It Quits After A Year

Kamalani Academy in Wahiawa opened in August. In its inaugural year, more than half of Kamalani’s 14 teachers left the school.

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JUL 03, 2018 – Learning for Leadership charter school in Minneapolis is forced to close

Hundreds of families are scrambling to find a new school for their children for the fall after a contentious vote recently to revoke a Minneapolis charter school of its accreditation.

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JUL 03, 2018 – State charter school calls it quits

In May the state board of education began the revocation process and late last month held a day long hearing on the situation. Problems with the school included discrepancies in student records and enrollment, operating unauthorized satellite schools, and the implementation of unauthorized school policies.

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JUL 03, 2018 – It takes a long time to close a charter school in Philly. Here’s why

Three charter schools recommended for nonrenewal by the School District in 2016 and another three for nonrenewal or revocation in 2017 remain open, with no closing dates imminent. The charter for one of those schools, Aspira-run John B. Stetson, expired even earlier, in 2015.

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JUL 02, 2018 – Facing state scrutiny, Indiana charter school steps back from virtual plan

An Indiana charter school is backing off its unconventional plan to open a statewide virtual school with a farm campus following scrutiny from state officials over its oversight model.

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JUL 01, 2018 – THE LATEST CASH GRAB : TEACHER/CHARTER SCHOOL VILLAGES

Bankers, developers and real estate brokers are working together with Teach for America (TFA) and charter school enterprises to offer low income housing mainly for Teach for America recruits and other teachers who do not have adequate pay for clean and safe housing along with free space for charter schools through city and state support.

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JUL 01, 2018 – Fulton charter schools try to put founder’s crimes behind them

It’s been nearly six months since Christopher Clemons, who helped found Latin Grammar School and Latin College Preparatory Charter School, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for committing the largest charter school theft in Georgia history.

 

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JUNE – 2018

JUN 29, 2018 – Former staffers allege grades falsified, other misconduct at Memphis charter high school; district is investigating

Three people who worked at a Memphis charter high school are alleging that the administration falsified grades, improperly employed uncertified teachers, gave credits for a class that did not exist, and pulled students out of class to clean the building.

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JUN 27, 2018 – South Bend charter school is being forced to shut down

Indiana’s Charter School Board says it will not sponsor Xavier School of Excellence, a charter school in South Bend. This will force it to close. Ball State cited financial issues and failing grades for the change.

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JUN 26, 2018 – Memphis charter school closes after one year because of issues with nonprofit status, enrollment

Legacy Leadership Academy leaders decided to close after they were told by Shelby County Schools that it wasn’t in compliance with state law, district officials announced during a board meeting on Tuesday.

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JUN 26, 2018 – LA charter school’s summer program fees are illegal, state says

A public military charter school in Los Angeles that’s been plagued by financial woes in recent years has been charging illegal summer school fees and unfairly compensating some students who have been working at the school because they could not afford them, state education and labor officials said Tuesday.

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JUN 25, 2018 – Nevada allows online charter school to continue operating for now

The online school was at risk of losing its charter contract due to the elementary program’s low performance, which garnered the lowest one-star rating under the state’s accountability system.

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JUN 25, 2018 – Albuquerque charter school to close

An Albuquerque charter school will be forced to shut down. APS says La Resolana Leadership Academy, near San Mateo and Central, faced concerns with individual education plans.

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JUN 24, 2018 – Troubled Windsor charter school to reopen as “Three Rivers Academy” under management group

Heritage Leadership Academy lost its charter last fall after the state cited issues with low-performance and non-compliance.

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JUN 20, 2018 – Harney charter school withheld employees retirement funds for months

Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy has delayed employees’ retirement contributions for weeks, sometimes months. The practice could have deprived employees of investment gains and could violate federal guidelines for retirement accounts.

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JUN 20, 2018 – New Corpus Christi charter school has ties to network of shelters for migrant children

A new Corpus Christi charter school has ties to a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in Brownsville that received national attention after U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley was denied entry.

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JUN 19, 2018 – Ex-employee convicted of felony theft from Dayton charter school

A state audit released Tuesday on the DECA Prep charter school in Dayton identifies a small case of misspent money, but school officials confirm auditors are finishing a larger investigation that has already led to a criminal conviction.

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JUN 18, 2018 – Judge: Helen Thackston Charter School must close by end of June

York County Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn said Friday, June 15, that Thackston must take all steps necessary to surrender its charter and close by June 30.

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JUN 17, 2018 – DC’s public schools go from success story to scandals

As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different.

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JUN 17, 2018 – ‘It’s like a black and white thing’: How some elite charter schools exclude minorities

Conspicuously absent from the open house were African-American parents. Of the dozen or so prospective families in attendance, all were white except for one South Asian couple.

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JUN 15, 2018 – Varnett charter school founders sentenced to prison, ordered to pay $4.4M restitution

Comparing them to villains from a Charles Dickens novel who steal from the poor, a federal judge on Friday sentenced Varnett charter school founders Marian Annette Cluff and Alsie Cluff Jr. to 10 years and 3 years in prison, respectively, for running an embezzlement and tax scheme that bilked low-income parents.

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JUN 14, 2018 – Shelby County Schools wants to shutter charter school that opened outside district limits

Shelby County Schools is recommending the closure of a charter school situated in a Memphis suburb, outside the district’s limits.

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JUN 13, 2018 – Charter school president suspended after facing child porn charges

The president of a Saginaw charter school has been suspended from his post after being accused of using the dark web to acquire child pornography.

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JUN 12, 2018 – Auditor candidate proposes audit of all for-profit charter schools

“The for-profit charter school scam is the largest political scandal in Ohio’s history, affecting all 88 Ohio counties and virtually every single taxpayer,” Space said in a written statement.

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JUN 08, 2018 – Denis Smith: Charter schools are withholding public records

Is the Public Records Act working in Ohio, particularly when it comes to receiving information about charter schools? If one recent example is typical of compliance with the statute, the answer is probably no.

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JUN 07, 2018 – Students revolt against summer homework ‘abuse’ at Success Academy

Students are revolting against summer homework “abuse” at Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy High School for the Liberal Arts in Manhattan.

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JUN 07, 2018 – Thornton charter school for gifted and talented is under federal scrutiny for harassment and discrimination

Colorado’s largest charter school for gifted and talented students has been hit with eight civil rights complaints in two years.

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JUN 06, 2018 – Eagle Arts charter school may reopen despite vote to close it

It stiffed its landlord for months and withheld teachers’ paychecks for weeks, but Eagle Arts Academy managed to finish a turbulent school year without closing its doors.

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JUN 05, 2018 – Wonderland Charter School in danger of losing charter

The State College Area School District Board of Directors will have a hearing to determine if they are going to not renew Wander Charter School’s charter for next year.

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JUN 05, 2018 – CMS Officials, Clergy Threaten Lawsuit Against Charter School Bill

Former and current Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members and some local clergy gathered Tuesday to voice their opposition to House Bill 514 – and threaten a lawsuit.

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JUN 02, 2018 – Vance Charter School principal resigns

Vance Charter School Principal Sean Connolly, who has been battling felony charges of identity theft for more than a year, has resigned from his position, effective at the end of the month, according to a Vance Charter School newsletter released Saturday.

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JUN 01, 2018 – Trenton charter school officially announces closure as 9th Grade Academy readies move-in

In a statement sent to The Trentonian on Friday, International Academy of Trenton (IAT) Charter School Board President Larry Chenault “regretfully” accepted the doomed fate of the school, which spent $17 million to renovate the former Times of Trenton building into a state-of-the-art learning center.

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JUN 01, 2018 – Charter school accused of defrauding taxpayers of $1.6 million set to close in CT

Connecticut educators are supporting a decision by state education officials to begin proceedings to yank the license of a Windham charter school accused of defrauding taxpayers of $1.6 million.

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MAY – 2018

MAY 31, 2018 – Fate of charter school Phoenix Academy up in the air

School leaders met Thursday about the fate of Phoenix Academy, a charter school offering credit recovery. Phoenix board members got word earlier this week that Toledo Public Schools leaders are considering suspending the academy’s operations.

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MAY 31, 2018 – Lawyer for Republic of Turkey to Massachusetts: Demand investigation of charter schools with ties to controversial Muslim cleric

An attorney for the Republic of Turkey and a documentary filmmaker have issued a call to action for residents of Massachusetts, where a network of charter schools with alleged links to a controversial Turkish cleric continue to expand.

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MAY 26, 2018 – Charter school admins suspended after playground fight

Four administrators at a Denver charter school are suspended after a playground fight captured on video showed the school’s restorative justice coordinator encouraging the students to throw punches.

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MAY 24, 2018 – Behind the Consulting Firm Raking In Millions From D.C. Charter Schools

“Everybody’s afraid.” That’s a D.C. charter school administrator’s assessment of TenSquare, one of the city’s most connected, lucrative, and controversial charter consulting companies.

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MAY 23, 2018 – Willimantic Charter School Faces Potential Closure Amid Questionable Management Practices

Path Academy is a charter high school that teaches older students, or those who aren’t on track to graduate on time. The state claims that Path has operated two satellite locations in Hartford and Norwich without being authorized to do so.

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MAY 22, 2018 – State Board Of Education May Begin Process Of Revoking Windham School’s Charter

The State Board of Education is considering moving forward in the process of revoking the charter for Path Academy in Windham, after the state flagged “significant issues” with the school, officials said.

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MAY 22, 2018 – New Vision charter school under investigation for financial irregularities and ADA compliance

New Vision Academy came under scrutiny in March after an anonymous whistleblower sent a detailed report to school board member Amy Frogge, who forwarded it to the district.

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MAY 21, 2018 – Troubled charter school under scrutiny again

A local charter school that nearly closed because of about $200,000 in debt is under scrutiny again for how it’s running its special education program.

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MAY 21, 2018 – Parents get 3 days’ notice Cypress Academy in New Orleans will close this week

Three days before summer break at Cypress Academy, the small charter school in Mid-City told parents that Wednesday will be its last day — forever.

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MAY 21, 2018 – CMS report blasts plan to let towns open charter schools: ‘A nightmare for taxpayers’

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school officials trumpeted a new report that said creating municipal charters would be costly for the towns, bad for teachers and have implications for local governments across the state.

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MAY 21, 2018 – North Texas Charter Schools Fare Poorly in Statewide Rankings for Black and Latino Students

Charter schools in North Texas ranked lower overall in quality than traditional public schools in the state, according to a recent report by Children At Risk, and charter schools serving primarily black or Latino students did worst of all in terms of achievement.

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MAY 18, 2018 – Charter School Founder Sentenced

A charter school founder has been sentenced to 55 months in prison. State Prosecutors say  that Steven Kunkemoeller and his business partner Marcus May, owner of Newpoint Education Partners LLC, overcharged Newpoint Charter Schools for school items like desks and ipads and kept the profits.

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MAY 18, 2018 – Cash incentives for charter school recruitment: Unethical bribe or shrewd marketing technique?

In recent years, some charter schools have discreetly turned to a controversial recruitment strategy: offering low-income families cash stipends or other prizes in exchange for drawing new students into their schools.

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MAY 17, 2018 – Flagler Schools prepares for possible shutdown of Palm Harbor Academy

The charter school had transferred many of its lowest-performing students to a private school on the same campus immediately before state assessments, preventing those students from taking them and affecting the school’s grade, according to district officers.

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MAY 17, 2018 – Charter school board members get restraining order against president, to vote on reinstating superintendent

A Tulsa County district judge on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order against Carmen Pettie, president of the Langston Hughes Academy for Arts and Technology board of directors, after three fellow board members claimed she misled them regarding grade-tampering allegations at the charter school.

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MAY 17, 2018 – Employee at a D.C. public charter school charged with sex crimes

A 41-year-old man who works at a D.C. public charter school has been arrested and charged with several counts of child sexual abuse, D.C. police said.

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MAY 16, 2018 – Dallas-area charters lag behind traditional public schools, according to new report

About 45 percent of area school district campuses earned A’s and B’s while only 27 percent of charter schools got those top marks in an annual report released Wednesday by Houston-based Children At Risk.

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MAY 15, 2018 – Two top administrators, husband and wife, depart Clayton Valley Charter High School

Officials at Clayton Valley Charter High School are being tight-lipped about the departure of its executive director and chief program officer, who are husband and wife.

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MAY 11, 2018 – Has Basis used Arizona tax money to open schools in Texas, Washington, D.C.?

Basis, which last year received about $84 million in state money to operate its Arizona schools, secured loans for its out-of-state schools by pledging as collateral future tax dollars and its Arizona campuses.

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MAY 11, 2018 – Board president charged $1,500 in fine dining on Harney charter school’s credit card

A world away from his Central City school, where 97 percent of students are considered economically disadvantaged, the head of a charter school board racked up $778 over six months at an upscale restaurant on St. Charles Avenue.

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MAY 11, 2018 – Ohio online charter school may have broken law

Ohio’s then-largest online charter school may have broken the law by withholding information used in calculating payments and inflated the amount of time students spent learning, the state auditor said Thursday.

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MAY 09, 2018 – Analysis: 1 in 4 charters shows significant financial red flags

Charter operators representing 138 of the state’s 538 charter schools showed financial warning signs in the 2016-17 school year, according to an Arizona Republic analysis of data from the state charter board.

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MAY 09, 2018 – Lawyer convicted of charter school scam involving Fattah Jr.

A Philadelphia-area attorney and accountant was convicted of embezzlement this week for running a charter school scam that also brought down the scion of one of Philly’s formerly most powerful political families.

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MAY 06, 2018 – Scandals plague Ohio GOP

The for-profit charter school system that has drained more than $1 billion from the state’s public schools. The lack of transparency and oversight and the GOP’s refusal to treat the charters and public schools equally have led to widespread corruption.

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MAY 05, 2018 – Scottsdale Unified scandals prompt changes to state law, new criminal penalties

Under the new law, school districts will be required to post their budgets and audit information on their websites, but a last-minute amendment to the bill exempts charter schools from those rules along with the new procurement penalties.

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MAY 04, 2018 – Why these Denver charter schools are closing or delaying opening

Suffering from low enrollment, two Denver charter schools will close, one will delay opening by a year, and another has just over a week to attract enough students to open as planned in August.

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MAY 03, 2018 – Oasis Charter School administration on potentially having charter revoked

The school is under investigation by the Alisal Unified School District. Over a dozen complaints are being investigated by the Alisal Union School District ranging from lack of transparency, to underperforming test scores, to reports that students were allegedly required to clean the school bathrooms.

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MAY 03, 2018 – Two Fairfield County charter schools put on probation

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MAY 02, 2018 – This public charter school became the whitest in the KC district. It’s trying to change

The leaders of the academically high-ranked French language immersion charter admit that’s jarring for a school in the Kansas City Public Schools district, where almost 9 in 10 students are minorities. It’s also a big change: The school started out nearly two decades ago well-mixed.

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MAY 01, 2018 – Was Houston ISD charter school plan a ‘real estate scam?’

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APRIL – 2018

APR 30, 2018 – The Danger of California Charter Schools

But although charter schools are intended to offer students better educational opportunities, they also pose a danger of making inequities worse than they were.

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APR 30, 2018 – Feedback: Noble Charter Schools Story Hit A Nerve

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APR 26, 2018 – The DC Public Charter School Board Knew One of D.C.’s Oldest Charters Was Financially Troubled and Didn’t Intervene

Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School’s financial woes have existed for much longer than the DC Public Charter School Board let on.

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APR 26, 2018 – Tulsa charter school suspends principal, other employees for alleged grade tampering

The Tulsa charter school, Langston Hughes Academy for Arts and Technology, is under investigation after accusations arose that the principal, assistant principal, principal’s secretary and special education coordinator changing students’ grades.

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APR 25, 2018 – Raleigh charter school on state ‘watch list’ for employing teacher with suspended license

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APR 23, 2018 – Whistleblower: School used software to get more state money

Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower’s claim that Ohio’s then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of attendance inflation, The Associated Press has learned.

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APR 21, 2018 – Texas eighth-graders asked to list positives of slavery; charter school chief apologizes

A former superintendent who now leads six charter schools told Shelby County Schools he will close both of his network’s high schools this summer.

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APR 20, 2018 – Charter school where sex offender was arrested is on probation

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APR 19, 2018 – Controversy Disrupts Fort Worth Charter School

Some families are questioning whether their students will return to Fort Worth’s Academy of the Fine Arts next year amid calls for the president and CEO to resign after the principal’s abrupt departure.

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APR 19, 2018 – Two charter schools led by former Mayor Willie Herenton will close

A former superintendent who now leads six charter schools told Shelby County Schools he will close both of his network’s high schools this summer.

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APR 18, 2018 – Einstein Academy announces plans to close charter school

An Einstein Academy official announced Wednesday the school would be relinquishing its charter to the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District effective June 30.

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APR 16, 2018 – New Mexico education secretary closes another charter school

New Mexico Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski is upholding a decision to close a charter school in northern New Mexico with 200 students.

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APR 16, 2018 -Indiana students’ scores lag after transferring to charter schools, new study shows

recently released study raises questions about whether charter schools improve academic achievement for students in Indiana more than traditional public schools.

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APR 16, 2018 – Big Island charter school put on notice for revocation

The Public Charter School Commission has voted to put a Big Island school on notice for possible revocation of its charter, citing a range of problems including financial irregularities, enrollment discrepancies and testing procedures

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APR 16, 2018 – DRASTIC MEASURES’ NEEDED IF RED RIVER CHARTER OPENS

If Red River Charter Academy (RRCA) is given a green light to open in the 2019-20 school year, it could force the Avoyelles School Board to close and/or reorganize schools, Superintendent Blaine Dauzat told the board this past Tuesday.

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APR 14, 2018 – Lawmakers calling for state audit of charter school approved for West Springfield

A pair of state lawmakers are asking for an audit of the Chicopee-based Hampden Charter School of Science to learn how the taxpayer-funded school spends its money.

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APR 11, 2018 – State to close New Mexico’s largest online charter school

New Mexico’s top education official has decided to not renew the charter for an online school, citing its failure to live up to its touted potential.

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APR 11, 2018 – Charter school founders, facing restitution in embezzlement case, drop price on mansion by $1M

The Cluffs, a husband-and-wife duo who admitted to embezzling $2.6 million in school-related funds and failing to disclose the money on federal tax returns, are seeking buyers for their six-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot estate as they try to pay back the government and local victims

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APR 09, 2018 – IDAHO’S VIRTUAL SCHOOLS STRUGGLE

The more than 6,000 students enrolled in Idaho’s virtual schools perform well below their brick-and-morter peers on an array of academic performance indicators, from standardized tests to high school graduation rates.

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APR 09, 2018 – Virtual charter high school serving 2000 students closing in June

The closing will impact about 1,900 of the 2,100 at-risk students enrolled in the statewide school. Ten percent of the 2,100 students are on track to earn diplomas in June.

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APR 05, 2018 – Former Academy of Dover principal gets year in prison; must pay $145,480

A former charter school principal who pleaded guilty to stealing federal funding from the Academy of Dover will serve a year and a month in prison and must pay $145,480 in restitution.

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APR 04, 2018 – The Price of Whistleblowing

In April 2015, Inweekly reported that Newpoint High, one of Escambia County’s high-performing charter schools, had been accused of fixing grades, failing to report possible child abuse to state authorities and mishandling funds.

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APR 03, 2018 – CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS PILING UP AGAINST RESPECTED THORNTON CHARTER SCHOOL

Stargate Charter School in Thornton has an award-winning reputation when it comes to educating gifted students in Colorado. But some current and former parents tell 9NEWS that the school’s image needs repair after seven complaints were filed in the last two years with the Office of Civil Rights inside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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APR 03, 2018 – Second Victory Prep charter school to close after running out of money

Less than 2 months after Houston ISD in-district charter school Victory Prep North abruptly closed after running out of money, Victory Prep South notified Houston ISD officials that it does not have the funds to finish out the school year.

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APR 02, 2018 – Eagle Arts principals resign as charter school withholds teachers’ pay

Eagle Arts Academy’s two principals resigned Monday and several teachers threatened to quit after the Wellington charter school withheld paychecks last week and the school revealed that employees will not be paid for at least another week.

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MARCH – 2018

MAR 30, 2018 – ATLANTA CHARTER SCHOOL UNDER FIRE FOR BLACKFACE DEPICTION

An Atlanta charter school is under fire for conveying blackface masks while reciting a historic African-American poem that symbolizes black oppression.

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MAR 29, 2018 – Sentencing set for Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School founder Nick Trombetta

The July 10 sentencing will come nearly five years after Trombetta, 62, was indicted by a grand jury on 11 counts of tax fraud and conspiracy in August 2013. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS in August 2016.

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MAR 29, 2018 – Florida lawmakers’ wives on new charter school boards

Though far removed geographically from each other, two new Florida charter schools share an uncommon feature: They both have a board member who is married to a state lawmaker heavily involved in crafting state policy on charter schools.

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MAR 29, 2018 – Carpe Diem charter school closing this year, displacing 200 students and teachers

Carpe Diem Preparatory Academy in College Hill is closing its door at the end of the school year, displacing about 200 students and teachers.

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MAR 26, 2018 – Losing students and money to Sturbridge charter school, Southbridge asks for legislative aid

“The Southbridge school district has been taken over by the state, and then the state allowed a charter school to come in right next door and siphon off kids from a school district that was already losing kids,” Mr. Durant remarked.

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MAR 24, 2018 – Ohio businessman convicted of bilking $1 million from Florida charter schools

A jury has convicted an Ohio businessman of bilking $1 million from Florida’s public charter schools. An equal amount may have gone missing in Ohio. But for a second straight year, no elected official — not the governor, the attorney general or Summit County’s top prosecutor — will say whether anyone here is paying attention.

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MAR 23, 2018 – State Charter School Authority votes to shut down Argent Preparatory Academy formerly Silver State Charter School

The court-appointed receiver Joshua Kern recommended closure after two years of trying to fix perennially low graduation rates, high student turnover and falling enrollment.

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MAR 23, 2018 – Thornton Charter School Faces Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Complaints

Parents at Stargate Charter School in Thornton, the largest charter school for gifted and talented students in the state, are outraged at what they say has been the school’s total disregard of its legal obligations to protect and serve all students.

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MAR 22, 2018 – Mount Vernon ethics board cites Mayor Richard Thomas for improper charter school payment

The Mount Vernon Board of Ethics has accused Mayor Richard Thomas of collecting more than $100,000 as a trustee of the Amani Public Charter School in violation of state education law.

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MAR 22, 2018 – Charter school administrator is ‘praying for a wall’ to stop illegal immigration, while her diverse students must speak English and learn Western manners

A network of Utah charter schools is facing backlash over its top administrator’s use of social media, including a February statement that criticized illegal immigration for fueling a drug “scourge.”

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MAR 22, 2018 – Phoenix Starshine Academy charter school under fraud investigation

“This is probably one of the most egregious, most outrageous things I’ve ever read about a charter school,” Kathy Senseman, President of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, said in a special session Tuesday.

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MAR 19, 2018 – To fix school-to-prison pipeline, start with charter institutions

When it comes to the discipline of minority students, the stats for charter schools nationwide are troubling. Racial segregation still exists in the charter school world, and institutions that are predominantly black have much harsher discipline practices than those that are predominantly white.

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MAR 18, 2018 – Jury convicts Ohio man over charter school scheme

During the trial prosecutors said Kunkemoeller intentionally overbilled Newpoint charter schools around the state for goods like computers, iPads and furniture. He then allegedly split the proceeds with the owner of the company that ran the schools.

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MAR 17, 2018 – State probes charter group that backed Fairfax school

State, Sonoma and Marin County education officials — along with a Petaluma school district — are seeking documents from an umbrella charter group that formerly backed a Fairfax school to see if the charter group’s financial house was in order.

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MAR 16, 2018 – I was a teacher at a charter school for a year. Here’s why you shouldn’t believe the hype that Betsy DeVos is trying to sell.

I was an English teacher at a New York City public school from 2005 to 2009 — until I got burnt out and decided to quit.

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MAR 16, 2018 – NC should close charter schools that aren’t diverse, new report says

North Carolina’s traditional public schools are becoming more segregated and charter schools are partly to blame, according to a new report from the left-leaning N.C. Justice Center.

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MAR 16, 2018 – UPDATE: District moves to close troubled Wellington charter school

Palm Beach County public school leaders are moving to shut down Eagle Arts Academy, saying the controversy-plagued Wellington charter school is hemorrhaging money and that its executive director last year steered tens of thousands of dollars from the school into one of his companies amid the school’s financial woes.

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MAR 15, 2018 – ‘Newpoint scam’ trial heading to jury Friday

Deliberations are scheduled to begin Friday in the trial of an Ohio businessman accused of defrauding charter schools in Pensacola and other parts of the state out of nearly $1 million in public funding.

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MAR 13, 2018 – One of the city’s oldest charter schools is so broke that it can’t make payroll

The finances of one of the first charter schools in the nation’s capital have grown so dire that its survival is threatened and its ability to pay teachers in doubt, a financial analysis shows.

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MAR 12, 2018 – Fraud investigator, School Warehouse manager take stand at Newpoint trial

According to court documents, School Warehouse sold items like desks and iPads at inflated prices to charter schools run by Newpoint Education Partners.

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MAR 08, 2018 – For charter schools, recently it’s been bad news galore

For charter schools across the state, the news has been relentlessly bad in recent months: A Western Massachusetts principal fired after a drug arrest. A Dorchester school placed on probation amid allegations of financial mismanagement.

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MAR 01, 2018 – Publicly funded charter school system in ‘state of chaos,’ SC senator says

A public feud between the state’s publicly funded charter-school district and four of its low-performing schools is drawing pointed criticisms from lawmakers, asking whether charter schools, granted more freedoms in exchange for better results, are working.

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MAR 01, 2018 – State ethics lawyer says charter school leader or her relatives should be fired for breaking nepotism laws

A lawyer for the state Board of Ethics asked a panel of judges last week to order the firing of Doris Roché-Hicks, CEO of Friends of King Schools, for violating nepotism laws. If not, the lawyer said her son-in-law and sister should lose their jobs.

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FEBRUARY – 2018

FEB 22, 2018 – In debt, with too many unlicensed teachers, Indiana College Preparatory School loses charter

Roiled by unsustainable debts, a disintegrating school board, and violations of state requirements, Indiana College Preparatory School lost its charter and will close at the end of the school year.

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FEB 22, 2018 – Executive director of Colorado Springs-based charter school placed on administrative leave

Richard Mestas, executive director and principal of GOAL Academy High School, the state’s largest alternative-education program, has been placed on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation, says the school’s attorney, Dustin Sparks of Monument.

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FEB 22, 2018 – Michael Feinberg, a Founder of KIPP Schools, Is Fired After Misconduct Claims

KIPP, one of the country’s largest and most successful charter school chains, dismissed its co-founder on Thursday after an investigation found credible a claim that he had sexually abused a student some two decades ago, according to a letter sent to the school community.

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FEB 16, 2018 – Snyder signs law to let charter schools get tax revenue

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a change allowing charter schools to receive revenue from certain voter-approved property tax hikes. The taxes go to counties’ traditional school districts on a per-student basis, on top of their state funding. The new law lets charters get a share of the extra local funding.

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FEB 16, 2018 – 2 Nevada charter schools face possible closure over student performance

Nevada Virtual Academy, an online K-12 charter school, and Quest Preparatory Academy, a K-6 charter school in Clark County, were both issued “notices of intent to terminate” by the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority.

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FEB 16, 2018 – How a loophole let charter schools ‘buy’ buildings and still collect rent from state

Like many charter schools, Executive Education Academy spends a good chunk of its budget on rent, some of which is later reimbursed by the state. That’s allowed, as long as the school doesn’t own its building, which Executive Academy doesn’t — technically.

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FEB 14, 2018 – Stung by loss of funding, Syracuse district wants to halt charter school expansion

The growing number of charter schools in Syracuse are draining the school district’s finances and hampering efforts to improve city schools. Those are some of the reasons the district may ask the state to temporarily ban additional charter schools in Syracuse.

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FEB 13, 2018 – California charter school abruptly shuts down

With less than a day’s notice, some 70 students no longer have a school.

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FEB 13, 2018 – Cincinnati Schools’ Charter Sponsorship Revoked By Ohio Board Of Education

One of the state’s largest public school districts will no longer be allowed to sponsor charter schools. The Ohio Board of Education voted 15-0 Monday to revoke the Cincinnati Public School District’s status as a charter school sponsor.

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FEB 7, 2018 – New research shows charter schools foster segregation

Are Charter schools fostering segregation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools? According to a new study released by the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA with researchers at UNC Charlotte, the answer is yes.

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FEB 5, 2018 – Goodyear charter school owner accused of fraud

Standing behind their attorney, former teachers and staff of the now-shuttered charter school are accusing the school’s owners of using state funds to live a life of luxury.

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FEB 1, 2018 – One of Nashville’s Achievement School District schools to close months after opening

One of Nashville’s three Achievement School District schools will close at the end of the semester due to low enrollment, just months after it opened.

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FEB 1, 2018 – Charter school transferred nearly $1 million to CEO in years prior to closing

Hundreds of students and their parents were blindsided on Monday morning when they arrived at Goodyear’s Discovery Creemos Academy and found the charter school shuttered.

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FEB 1, 2018 – Legal loophole allows NC charter schools to forgo safety lockdown drills

North Carolina law requires traditional public schools to practice lockdown drills at least once a year to prepare if an intruder ever came on campus. Yet, North Carolina charter schools, which are publicly funded and privately run, are not required to do the same.

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JANUARY – 2018

JAN 31, 2018 – Pro-charter school CEO fired over ‘inappropriate behavior’ accusations

The CEO of one of the city’s most influential charter school advocacy groups has been fired after being accused of “inappropriate behavior” by a non-employee.

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JAN 30, 2018 – Flat River Academy teacher working again despite facing child assault trial

James Mata, 47, of Rockford, is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder (a possible 10-year felony) and third-degree child abuse (a possible two-year felony).

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JAN 30, 2018 – Goodyear charter school abruptly closes, locking out hundreds of students

Hundreds of students were suddenly left without a school this week after a financially and academically struggling Goodyear charter school closed its doors.

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JAN 27, 2018 – In wake of test cheating scandal, CEO of Singleton Charter School steps down to move organization forward

The CEO of the James M. Singleton Charter School and Dryades YMCA is stepping down after the state voided dozens of standardized tests at the school for suspected cheating and other irregularities.

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JAN 24, 2018 – D.C. Charter School Board Investigating Senior Employee For Alleged Alt-Right Links

The D.C. Public Charter School Board, which oversees the city’s charter schools, says it is investigating allegations that one of its employees anonymously wrote blog posts that critics say are aligned with the “alt-right,” an amorphous political movement that is associated with white nationalism.

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JAN 24, 2018 – Dallas charter school CEO faces federal charges in kickback scheme

The head of a South Dallas charter school is accused of taking at least $5,000 to steer a technology contract toward a specific provider under a federal program that’s been tangled up in other controversies.

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JAN 23, 2018 – Former charter school director pleads guilty to stealing money

An Atlanta charter school founder has pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than half a million dollars from local public school systems. The former principal at Latin Academy, Chris Clemons, pleaded guilty to over 50 counts of theft and five counts of forgery after a hearing and sentencing that lasted about two hours.

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JAN 18, 2018 – ECOT closing: Sponsor votes to shut online school after state rejects settlement offer

The vote, which shutters a school so politically-connected it was once thought untouchable, came just two hours after the Ohio Department of Education rejected an offer from the school that would keep it open through the end of the school year.

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JAN 17, 2018 – State board: Gilbert charter school violated state law by hiring teacher

The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools revealed San Tan Charter School shouldn’t have hired a P.E. teacher because state law says charters schools aren’t allowed to hire teachers who’ve had teaching certificates revoked.

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JAN 16, 2018 – The mess in Arizona’s charter school sector

The pro-school-choice Center for Educational Reform ranks Arizona as the state with the fewest regulations and restrictions for charter schools in the country.

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JAN 13, 2018 – Trenton’s $17M International Academy charter school faces potential shutdown

A $17 million charter school on Perry Street that promised to offer high-quality education when it opened last September is now at high risk of being shut down.

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JAN 09, 2018 – New Mexico’s education chief blasted for linking charter schools with ‘Manifest Destiny’

New Mexico’s education chief is being blasted for linking the growth of charter schools to the controversial 19th-century idea of American expansion known as Manifest Destiny. Even after he apologized to American Indian leaders, criticism of his remarks has persisted.

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JAN 08, 2018 – Los Angeles Deserves to Know More About Ref Rodriguez’s Role as Charter School Landlord

The recent revelation that the campaign money-laundering case against Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez has expanded to include separate allegations of conflict of interest reveals a hard truth: the public knows far too little about how our money is being spent on charter schools.

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JAN 06, 2018 – Charter school teachers fired for violating alcohol abuse policy

Imagine West Gilbert, a K-8 charter school, fired six teachers for violating its alcohol abuse policy on campus during school hours, according to spokesperson Rhonda Cagle.

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JAN 04, 2018 – Montini: Why charter schools get to cheat

I asked around and was told that students enrolled in Arizona’s many charter schools are severely punished if they are caught cheating. Weird. Because for the people who own and operate charter schools, it’s just the opposite.

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DECEMBER – 2017

DEC 26, 2017 – Charter school advocates get down and, some say, dirty

Caroline Ayres just wanted to hear about her kids’ school system. What she got was the hybrid of a political rally and a revival meeting. “It was,” she recalls, “an attempt at conversion via emotional outreach.”

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DEC 28, 2017 – A charter school owns condos. Can students use the hot tub?

Since 2011, Accelerated has purchased two pricey condos in high-end neighborhoods – one in Houston, and one in Dallas – while paying its teachers below-average salaries and housing its fewer than 300 students in structures resembling portable trailers, some without windows.

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DEC 28, 2017 – Texas charter schools struggle with classroom overcrowding

An annual report suggests that several charter schools in Texas have some of the state’s largest class sizes. The Texas Education Agency report said most of the state’s roughly 8,700 public schools had about 22 students per teacher during the 2016-2017 school year. More than half the schools averaging at least 30 students per classroom were charter schools.

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DEC 26, 2017 – Charter school advocates get down and, some say, dirty

Caroline Ayres just wanted to hear about her kids’ school system. What she got was the hybrid of a political rally and a revival meeting. “It was,” she recalls, “an attempt at conversion via emotional outreach.”

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DEC 26, 2017 – Charter school grad rates way behind Ohio urban districts

Even when excluding dropout-recovery schools, the four-year graduation rates of charter schools in Ohio are half that of traditional schools, and 28 points lower than the largest urban districts.

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DEC 21, 2017 – Teacher at all-girls school busted for nude pics of student, molestation

A teacher at an all-girls Bronx charter school seduced a 12-year-old student into sending naked photos of herself to him on Snapchat — and then molested her after class, officials said.

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DEC 18, 2017 – Report: Low Graduation Rates At Texas Charter Schools

When the exclusions and exceptions the state grants charter schools are stripped away, Texas charter schools have an average graduation rate almost 30 percentage points lower than the state’s traditional school districts.

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DEC 18, 2017 – Report: Low Graduation Rates At Texas Charter Schools

When the exclusions and exceptions the state grants charter schools are stripped away, Texas charter schools have an average graduation rate almost 30 percentage points lower than the state’s traditional school districts.

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DEC 13, 2017 – Former charter school accused of fraud over taxpayer dollars

A Broward charter school once accused of inflating its enrollment numbers to get state dollars now faces more allegations of fraud after it closed and re-opened as a private school

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DEC 11, 2017 – Arizona charter school hired gym teacher despite revoked license, past misconduct

A teacher at an Arizona charter school has been fired after a concerned parent alerted the school that he had been fired from previous teaching jobs in the past for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

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DEC 09, 2017 – Related-party charter school deal generated healthy profit for developer from public funds

A real estate holding company based in Syracuse cleared more than $300,000 in profit at the expense of a charter school in Greece earlier this year, according to real estate and financial records obtained by the Democrat and Chronicle.

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DEC 06, 2017 – Chicago teachers plan sues charter school operator over missing pension contributions

Chicago Public School Teachers’ Pension & Retirement Fund is suing Prologue Inc., the operator of the closed Joshua Johnston Charter School for Fine Art and Design, for allegedly failing to report the employment of some licensed teachers and failing to pay pension contributions on behalf of teachers.

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NOVEMBER – 2017

NOV 30, 2017 – Audit finds possible financial fraud at Blue Oak Charter School

A former Blue Oak Charter School administrator is alleged to have used school credit cards to purchase weapons, movies and clothing, according to an audit conducted by the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team.

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NOV 30, 2017 – Naalehu charter school could get shut down

The state Public Charter School Commission on Tuesday voted to issue to Ka‘u Learning Academy a “notice of prospect of revocation” — the first step in the process of revoking its charter — alleging issues found in the school’s fiscal year 2017 audit potentially violate provisions of its charter contract.

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NOV 29, 2017 – OPSB Sues Einstein Charter Schools Over Transportation Policy

Unlike almost every other public school in Orleans Parish, Einstein’s four schools do not provide yellow bus transportation for students. Parents are expected to drive their children to school or pay for private van service.

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NOV 28, 2017 – Leaders at D.C. charter school are out of jobs after teacher’s sex-abuse case

Leaders of a vaunted D.C. charter school failed to assure the safety of students after educators raised concerns about inappropriate behavior by a teacher, according to a report that has led to the ouster of top school officials.

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NOV 28, 2017 – Feds raid offices, home of Philly nonprofit CEO

Universal Companies, a nonprofit that for decades has reshaped Philadelphia schools and neighborhoods, suspended its president and CEO after federal agents raided his home and office and notified him he’s the target of an investigation.

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NOV 24, 2017 – Faking the Grade

The latest School Performance Scores for the state of Louisiana are in. And that makes now a pretty good time to finally come to terms with the fallacy of the miracle in New Orleans.

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NOV 22, 2017 – Illinois charter school teacher, 28, charged in sex romp with teen boy student

A former teacher at a charter school on Chicago’s southwest side was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old student, officials said.

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NOV 21, 2017 – Former Academy of Dover principal pleads guilty in fraud case

A former Dover charter school principal could serve up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal program theft regarding an embezzlement investigation that started in 2014.

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NOV 21, 2017 – In emails, Dan Loeb scolded top black de Blasio official over City Hall’s treatment of black children

Two months to the day before Dan Loeb accused an African-American politician of doing more harm to people of color than the Ku Klux Klan, the billionaire hedge fund manager was scolding Richard Buery, one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most senior black officials, about his apparent ignorance of the obstacles faced by black children in New York City.

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NOV 17, 2017 – South suburban school chief suspected of looting low-income lunch program to fund lavish lifestyle

Court records made public this week show that Strain is suspected of using the small, nonprofit school she founded in 2005 to loot as much as $2.7 million in funds over a seven-year period, including money from federal school lunch subsidies and other grants designed to provide nutritious food to low-income children.

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NOV 08, 2017 – How religious sectarian school voucher extremists made useful idiots of the charter movement

At the Heritage Academy, a publicly funded charter school network in Arizona, according to a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, high school students are required to learn that the Anglo-Saxon population of the United States is descended from one of the lost tribes of Israel.

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NOV 08, 2017 – Former charter school CEO fined $55k

The disgraced former CEO of the now defunct Pocono Mountain Charter School and pastor of the Shawnee Tabernacle Church in Tobyhanna was fined $55,520 by the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission for filing deficient financial statements for four years.

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NOV 04, 2017 – Small Houston charter school pays top dollar to leader, owns luxury condo

For more than a decade, the leaders of Accelerated Intermediate Academy have run their small Houston charter school on a lean budget, paying teachers below-average salaries and educating kids in modest facilities resembling portable trailers. At the same time, the school’s superintendent, Kevin Hicks, has drawn an annual salary of about $250,000 – a seemingly outsized sum given its roughly 275 students and 20 employees.

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OCTOBER – 2017

OCT 31, 2017 – As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers — but founder’s company charged it millions

One of Indiana’s largest high schools ended this past school year with almost 5,000 students, but no desks and no classrooms. The school also had very few graduates — 61 out of more than 900 seniors graduated last year.

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OCT 27, 2017 – Former KIPP Academy school counselor now charged with 2nd sex crime

A BatonA former KIPP Explore Academy counselor has been charged with two additional counts of indecency with a child in Harris County, and authorities are concerned there are even more victims.

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OCT 26, 2017 – Former Philadelphia charter school official charged with statutory rape

A former Philadelphia charter school official is in custody on statutory rape charges. Omar Harrison, 42, of Cheltenham, Pa. was arrested on Wednesday. He was a dean of students at Mastery Charter’s Harrity Elementary School.

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OCT 25, 2017 – Former charter school leader pleads guilty to fraud

Court documents released Wednesday revealed a former charter school leader pleaded guilty to fraud. A 2014 audit found two of the schools that Dr. Scott Glasrud led, paid more than $1 million to one of his businesses.

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OCT 24, 2017 – Baton Rouge man receives prison sentence for fraud scheme during construction of Baker charter school

A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for defrauding the company managing construction of Impact Charter School in Baker, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson said Tuesday.

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OCT 24, 2017 – Barred From Working At CPS, 163 Former Staffers Find Jobs At Charter, Contract Schools

More than 150 former Chicago Public Schools staffers barred from working for the district due to abuse, theft, and other misconduct ended up back in the city’s school system, employed at privately managed charter and contract schools.

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OCT 22, 2017 – Parents slam charter boss for ‘boot camp’ discipline at Manhattan school

Angry parents who claim their kids are being ruined by boot camp-style teaching are staging an uprising at Eva Moskowitz’s flagship, $68 million Success Academy charter school that opened in September.

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OCT 20, 2017 – Parents scramble to find new school after Brevard County charter school shuts down

Brevard County’s school board chairwoman is promising help for students being forced out of a Port St. John charter school. The Campus Charter School is out of money and shutting down, leaving 100 students looking for new schools.

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OCT 19, 2017 – M.E.T.S. Charter School announces decision to close its doors

The early college preparatory school, which just opened its downtown Newark location to much fanfare on Aug. 29 following a ribbon-cutting attended by Gov. Chris Christie, made the decision after an Oct. 18 Board of Trustees meeting.

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OCT 14, 2017 – Mayor Jackson’s bid to block low-scoring charter schools from city is denied by state

The first real test of whether city leaders can force higher standards for charter schools in the city – a power they fought for in the state legislature five years ago – has failed.

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OCT 05, 2017 – For-profit charter schools bill taxpayers for empty desks

Last school year, Ohio’s cash-strapped education department paid Capital High $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars to teach students on the verge of dropping out. But on a Thursday in May, the storefront charter school run by for-profit EdisonLearning was mostly empty.

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OCT 04, 2017 – Treme school’s officials accused of failing to report video showing student sex acts

Two members of the leadership team at a charter school in Treme were arrested Tuesday on allegations they failed to alert authorities about their discovery of video clips allegedly showing a student being forced to perform oral sex on a group of her peers in a bathroom on campus earlier this year.

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OCT 02, 2017 – Paterson charter school administrator loses license after stealing $75,000

The former administrator of the Community Charter School of Paterson who was charged with stealing $75,000 from her employer lost her school administrator’s license.

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OCT 01, 2017 – Previous audits of La Promesa questioned

For six years, La Promesa Early Learning Center’s former assistant business manager allegedly diverted nearly half a million dollars from the school into her personal bank account and deposited about $177,000 worth of questionable checks.

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SEPTEMBER – 2017

SEP 29, 2017 – California Charter Academy fraud case may be ‘close’ to a resolution, says chief assistant district attorney

After 10 years in legal limbo, the California Charter Academy case may be close to a resolution, according to San Bernardino County’s Chief Assistant District Attorney.

The academy’s two top leaders are accused of defrauding taxpayers of millions of dollars. The case has never gone to trial.

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SEP 25, 2017 – NMAG demands Analee Maestas resign immediately

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is demanding the immediate resignation of Analee Maestas from the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education after fraud and embezzlement allegations involving the charter school she founded and managed.

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SEP 23, 2017 – Former charter school leaders settle lawsuit that alleged self-dealing scheme

The former leaders of a public charter school for disabled and at-risk teenagers have agreed to settle a District lawsuit alleging they sought to enrich themselves by diverting millions of dollars in taxpayer money meant for the school into private companies they created.

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SEP 20, 2017 – School board member denies role in embezzlement case

A member of the Albuquerque Public Schools education board on Wednesday denied any role in the alleged embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a troubled charter school that she helped to establish.

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SEP 18, 2017 – New York’s Greatly Hyped Success Academy Tainted by Racist Board Members and Radical Right-Wing Money

Yet another Success Academy Board member has a long history of making incendiary racial comments.

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SEP 15, 2017 – Nashville charter school network to pay $2.2M to settle lawsuit over ‘spam’ text messages

A Nashville-based charter school network has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by parents who objected to a series of mass text messages they received from the charter organization promoting enrollment at its schools.

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SEP 13, 2017 – New charges against Atlanta charter school founder brings alleged theft total to $1.3 million

The criminal charges against an Atlanta charter school founder have grown to 55 counts of forgery and theft of at least $1.3 million after a Fulton County grand jury indicted him on seven additional charges.

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SEP 13, 2017 – Baton Rouge charter school principal suspended after allegations he locked 5-year-old in closet

The principal of a Baton Rouge charter school is accused of punishing a 5-year-old girl by locking her in a school closet where she said spiders and roaches crawled over her, according to police.

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SEP 12, 2017 – Keller Uncovers Likely Fraud, Embezzlement At New Mexico Charter School

The Risk Review found about half a million dollars were diverted from the School into a former employee’s personal bank account between June 2010 and July 2016.

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AUGUST 2017

AUG 21, 2017 – Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated. John Oliver explores why they aren’t at all like pizzerias.

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AUG 17, 2017 – TEA accuses former charter school leader of burglary

Officials from the Texas Education Agency have filed a police report alleging that the former board president of the now-defunct San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity stole tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of electronic equipment from school property.

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AUG 10, 2017 – Daniel Loeb, a Cuomo Donor, Makes Racial Remark About Black Leader

The hedge fund manager Daniel S. Loeb, a prominent supporter of charter schools and a major financial backer of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and congressional Republicans, accused the African-American woman who leads the Democrats in the New York State Senate of having done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”

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AUG 09, 2017 – Close bad Philly charter school; it isn’t fit to educate city’s children

The fact that there is any chance the Khepera Charter School in North Philadelphia may reopen underscores a broader problem regarding oversight of all charters.

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AUG 07, 2017 – Charleston Charter School for Math and Science gets 10th principal in 9 years

The Charleston Charter School for Math and Science is starting a new school year Aug. 17 with its 10th principal in nine years. The new principal is Mary Carmichael, who previously served as executive director of the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina.

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AUG 02, 2017 – Operators of new West Park charter school linked to accusations of theft from Florida, Ohio schools

Cambridge Education Group, the operator of 19 Ohio charter schools and of a new school about to open in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood, is distancing itself from recent fraud and racketeering charges in Florida against founder Marcus May.

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AUG 01, 2017 – Clay County charter school to close after consecutive F grades

An Orange Park charter school will close after receiving two consecutive F school grades. The Clay County School District terminated its charter with Orange Park Performing Arts Academy at the direction of the state, officials said.

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JULY 2017

JUL 27, 2017 – No summer pay for teachers at closed Detroit charter school

Teachers at Michigan Technical Academy, a Detroit charter school that closed in June, learned this week they won’t get paid this month and likely not next month either, a reversal of what they’d been told in May.

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JUL 19, 2017 – Is the Head of Phoenix Charter School Metro Arts Institute Getting Too Creative With the Rules

The photograph is hard to look at. In it, a middle-aged man wearing a hooded black cape kneels before a teenaged girl. In one hand, he clutches a cloth; his other hand rests on the girl’s feet. She looks sad, and a little scared.

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JUL 14, 2017 – Ohio’s Online Charter Scandal Is a Warning to the Nation

When unscrupulous operators reap huge profits from charter schools—and then invest their profits in political contributions to the state legislators who are supposed to regulate those same charter schools—taxpayers are bound to lose.

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JUL 10, 2017 – Paramount Charter School deemed nightmare by parents Children attended school with rats, obscene graffiti on walls

The holes in the dirt-smeared walls have been filled, but some of the obscene graffiti remains. There are curse words and vulgar drawings, including one that says “F— Kindergarten,” a nasty remnant from what parents say was a nightmare school: the Paramount Charter School in Lauderhill.

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JUL 08, 2017 – U.S. News Kicks KIPP NYC School Off Its List of “Best High Schools” Due to Gary Rubinstein’s Analysis

Let’s begin with the stipulation that the lists of “America’s Best High Schools” based on test scores or AP coursetaking encourage schools to game the system and are invalid on their face.

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JUL 07, 2017 – She did prison time for arson, then became president of a Manatee charter school board. Now she is headed back to jail

Despite spending four years in prison for arson and grand theft, and having multiple arrests for writing bad checks, Lori Bergeron became president of the board at the Manatee School of Arts and Sciences, a small charter school in Bradenton.

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JUL 06, 2017 – New York school allegedly required salary ‘tithe’ to support Islamic movement

Konkur, who says he gave back about $10,000 of his salary over his first year teaching in Utica, provided the Times Union with what he said were copies of checks he wrote to charities in Rochester that share an address with a prominent arm of the Gulen movement.

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JUL 05, 2017 – Some KIPP Houston schools charged unallowable fees, agency finds

Mary Courtney was one of KIPP Houston’s biggest advocates, even as she had to borrow money from relatives to keep up with payments to the charter school.

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JUNE 2017

JUN 23, 2017 – State appoints receiver to oversee Las Vegas charter school

One of Nevada’s two state-sponsored charter schools under threat of closure has agreed to let an appointed “receiver” take responsibility of the school’s performance in order to remain in operation.

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JUN 23, 2017 – Charter Schools Do Bad Stuff Because They Can

Charter schools have become a fetish of both Democratic and Republican political establishments, but local news reports continue to drip, drip a constant stream of stories of charter schools doing bad stuff that our tax dollars fund.

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JUN 22, 2017 – Charter school won’t pay teachers for final 2 months, union says

A New Jersey charter school ordered to shut down at the end of June may close its doors without paying the final two months of teachers’ salaries, state and local union leaders say.

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JUN 19, 2017 – Charter school founder accused of theft, use of school money on world trips, mortgages, other luxuries

The founder of a charter school company that managed two schools in Jacksonville was charged Monday, along with a business partner, with racketeering and organized fraud allegedly involving 15 charter schools in Florida.

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MAY 2017

MAY 31, 2017 – Southfield charter school closes shocking students, staff

How can school be out for summer when there is three weeks to go in the year? Students and teachers at Taylor International Academy in Southfield said their goodbyes sooner than expected Wednesday.

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MAY 25, 2017 – Charter school criticized for mismanagement

PUC Achieve Charter School in northeast Rochester rang up a $470,000 operating deficit in its first year, while its board members and local employees had ceded control of the finances to its national operator, according to an audit from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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MAY 25, 2017 – Nicholas Dean, New Orleans Charter School Principal Caught Wearing Nazi Rings and Appearing on ‘White Genocide’ Podcast, Removed From Campus

Nicholas Dean has been fired from his position at Crescent Leadership Academy. “He will not return as the Principal or be associated with Crescent Leadership Academy,” the charter school’s parent group and board said in a statement Thursday.

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MAY 24, 2017 – Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Dozens of students walked out of the American Indian Model Schools’ downtown campus this morning, joining parents and teachers to protest what they say is the mismanagement of one of Oakland’s largest charter schools.

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MAY 19, 2017 – Charter school in Tennessee’s turnaround district relocating out of neighborhood it signed up to serve

When officials at Memphis Scholars Raleigh-Egypt Middle School learned that another school on the same campus could get extra help for its students, they made a big decision: to pick up and move.

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MAY 19, 2017 – Charter schools to parents: Write to Gov. Scott, get volunteer hours

Some school choice advocates in South Florida are going so far as to offer incentives to parents in order to amplify the perception of public support for a controversial K-12 public schools bill that many are urging Gov. Rick Scott to veto.

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MAY 18, 2017 – Charter school founder arrest: $200,000 in charges of embezzlement, money laundering, public funds misuse

The founder and director of a now-defunct South Los Angeles charter campus and her son were arrested Thursday for allegedly funneling about $200,000 from the school to a shell company she controlled.

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MAY 18, 2017 – South Florida charter school in deplorable conditions, parents say

Parents who have children at one charter school in South Florida said the school has become a nightmare. “It’s just disgusting. It smells like urine throughout the hallway,” Senieca Malcolm said.

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MAY 09, 2017 – 11 ways Chicago is the beating heart of the disastrous charter school agenda

Chicago’s public school system has become a showcase for the negative effects of K-12 privatization, according to a new report that tracks how the city replaced struggling local schools with dozens of charters that didn’t perform better, yet deprived traditional schools of funds, students and public accountability.

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APRIL 2017

APR 28, 2017 -Under federal investigation, Celerity charter schools are in danger of losing their accreditation

Los Angeles charter schools that are part of a network currently under federal investigation have been put on notice that their accreditation is in jeopardy.

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APR 21, 2017 – Vance Charter principal charged with credit card felony

The principal at Vance Charter School was arrested Friday morning on charges of financial card fraud.

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APR 20, 2017 – Brooklyn charter school deleted video showing students sexually assaulting girl on bus: lawsuit

A Brooklyn charter school is in hot water with the parent of one of their former students who says the administration maliciously deleted video that showed their child was sexually assaulted by older kids aboard a school bus, according to a lawsuit.

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APR 06, 2017 – National City charter school could be forced to shut down

A National City charter school could close if it doesn’t shape up, and the national school district is demanding to see change. The principal of Beacon Classical Academy says when they returned from spring break this week she had an email saying they were just a couple weeks away from being shut down.

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MARCH 2017

MAR 30, 2017 – Ex-Oakland charter schools director charged with grant application fraud, money laundering

Ben Chavis, the controversial former director of three Oakland charter schools, collectively known as the American Indian Model Schools, was charged with mail fraud and money laundering in connection with the schools’ applications for federal grant funds, federal authorities announced Thursday.

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MAR 29, 2017 – Nashville’s charter school industry is unraveling

It was just a matter of time before the wheels came off Nashville’s charter school industry. This year, it’s finally happening.

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MAR 24, 2017 – New concerns surface as Vineyard charter school reports on probation status

Last month, the state charter school questioned whether the school should continue to operate due to concerns of student safety, operational dysfunction and financial mismanagement, and gave Franklin Discovery administrators until June to resolve those concerns.

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MAR 20, 2017 – Livermore: Charter schools pull petition from county; district cites more violations

Two Livermore charter schools pulled their charter petitions for renewal from the Alameda County Office of Education, as the school district that oversees the charters cited more violations.

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MAR 20, 2017 – Charter school seeks $10,700 reimbursement from DOE for hotel retreat

Board members for the Guahan Academy Charter School in January attended a retreat at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort, including overnight stays in 10 guest rooms. The school asked for — and was denied — reimbursement of $10,704.40 for the retreat, which also included two banquets at the hotel from Jan. 6 to 8, Department of Education officials said.

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MAR 06, 2017 – Inside Celerity charter school network, questionable spending and potential conflicts of interest abound

At a time when charter school advocates are determined to increase the number of such schools in L.A., the story of McFarlane and the Celerity schools offers a case study of the growing difficulty of regulating them.

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FEBRUARY 2017

FEB 28, 2017 – Are Charter Schools the Second Coming of Enron?: An Examination of the Gatekeepers That Protect against Dangerous Related-Party Transactions in the Charter School Sector

In this article, we discuss how some charter school officials have engaged in Enron-like related-party transactions. We also identify several measures that can be taken to strengthen the ability of charter school gatekeepers to protect against this danger.

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FEB 24, 2017 – Report: How Charter Schools Are Used to Hide Dropouts and Game the Educational System

ProPublica reports that Sunshine High, an alternative charter school located in a strip mall just 5 miles from Olympia, takes in “cast-offs” from Olympia and other Orlando high schools in a “mutually beneficial agreement.”

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FEB 23, 2017 – Lake Forest charter school board member resigned after $120,000 deal with school

A former board member of Lake Forest Elementary Charter School said he “made a mistake” by selling dirt from his company’s land for a school construction project, which would violate state ethics law.

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FEB 22, 2017 – Struggling Confluence charter schools are renewed for five more years

St. Louis’ largest charter school network got a five-year renewal Tuesday even though it has not met state performance expectations in its almost 14 years of operation.

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FEB 18, 2017 – Del Paso Heights adult charter school under investigation for allegedly overcharging state

Highlands Community Charter School is under investigation for allegedly enrolling adult students in primary grades, double-charging the state and claiming a full year of funding for students who attended for a shorter period of time.

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FEB 14, 2017 – Red Bank Charter School under federal investigation

The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into enrollment practices at Red Bank Charter School amid longstanding complaints that the school does not enroll enough minority students.

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FEB 12, 2017 – Former executive director sues charter school

The former executive director of North East Carolina Prep School is fighting back against his October dismissal in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the charter school, its board of directors and the five board members who voted to fire him.

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FEB 07, 2017 – NC virtual charter schools report lower withdrawal rates after change in legislation

North Carolina’s two virtual charter schools reported lower student withdrawal rates this year, due in part to recent legislation that allows them to change the way they calculate how many students leave each year.

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JANUARY 2017

JAN 31, 2017 – 2 Nevada charter schools face possible closure

The fate of the online Nevada Connections Academy is still uncertain, as the charter school once again faces potential closure due to its 2016 graduation rates falling below 60 percent.

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JAN 26, 2017 – Applicant for Nevada charter school program under federal investigation

The five Clark County schools eligible for conversion to charter schools under a controversial state program will get a one-year reprieve after one of the charter operators became the subject of a formal investigation by federal agents.

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JAN 25, 2017 – Ethics board to review fmr. charter school CEO for mismanagement

An investigation by the S.C. Office of Inspector General revealed fiscal mismanagement by former High Point Academy CEO and Superintendent Lori Manning.

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JAN 25, 2017 – Federal agents raid office of LA-based ‘Celerity’ charter school network

Federal agents raided the offices of Celerity Educational Group — a Los Angeles-based organization that runs a network of charter schools both in Southern California and Louisiana — on Wednesday, KPCC has confirmed.

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JAN 25, 2017 – Lawyers for Turkey call for probe of Chicago charter school

Lawyers for the government of Turkey filed a complaint Tuesday with the Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general against a local charter group and its taxpayer-funded school in Rogers Park.

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JAN 17, 2017 – Greece charter school leader under fire

The founding leader of Renaissance Academy Charter School for the Arts in Greece is under fire from some parents over what they see as a pattern of turnover among employees of color.

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JAN 12, 2017 – Charter school’s woes point to need for more oversight

Indeed, a state advisory board for charters has recommended that the school shut down its high school this summer. Clearly, the board, which includes charter advocates, understands that this issue reflects poorly on charters.

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JAN 11, 2017 – Former employee accused of stealing over $100,000 from Lakeland charter school

A Lakeland woman was arrested Tuesday by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office after stealing more than $100,000 from Seth McKeel Academy, a charter school in Lakeland.

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JAN 08, 2017 – Investigation targets Las Vegas charter school’s history of shady practices

An audit that uncovered instances of nepotism and conflicts of interest at Quest Preparatory Academy has brought the school’s previous business practices under investigation by the state Attorney General’s office and State Ethics Commission.

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JAN 05, 2017 – 3 NC charter high schools back off promise to hire only licensed teachers

When a Florida-based charter chain asked North Carolina for money to open three dropout prevention schools, the chain said having licensed teachers in all classes was vital to the mission.

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JAN 03, 2017 – Deadline Arrives for Durham Charter School Diploma Investigation

Tuesday is the deadline for a Durham charter school to complete its investigation into possible fake diplomas. This comes after it was discovered that many recent graduates of Kestrel Heights High School didn’t earn their diplomas.

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JAN 03, 2017 – Former Aspira principal alleged misuse of federal funds

A former charter school principal alleged in a lawsuit, since withdrawn, that Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania misused $1.2 million in federal funds meant for laptops, after-school programs, and employee bonuses, and falsified reports about how the money was spent.

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EARLIER NOTEWORTHY SCANDALS

MAY 04, 2016 – Achievement First Hartford Put On Probation

The State Board of Education renewed the charter for Achievement First Hartford Academy Wednesday for a shorter period than normal — three years instead of five — and placed the school on probation for the next year.

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JULY 17, 2015 – Charter school founders indicted for allegedly embezzling $2.6M

Annette Cluff, the founding superintendent of The Varnett Public School, and Alsie Cluff Jr., her husband and a former VPS board member and employee, have been charged with allegedly embezzling more than $2.6 million in funds intended for the Houston-based charter school, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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OCT 02, 2014 – Charter school fraud has cost Pennsylvania at least $30 million

Pennsylvania’s charter schools are rife with fraud and mismanagement, as anyone who reads local newspapers knows. But a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy, “Integrity in Education, and Action United” details just how big the problem is.

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JUL 24, 2012 – Charter School Founder Dorothy June Brown Charged in $6 Million Fraud Scheme

Dorothy June Brown, 75, of Haverford, Pennsylvania, was charged today by indictment with defrauding three charter schools of more than $6.5 million between 2007 and April 2011.

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