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07/30/2022 - Judge Upholds Osceola School Board’s Termination of Charter School Contract

An administrative law judge Friday upheld a decision by the Osceola County School Board to terminate a contract with a charter school, citing issues such as a large number of uncertified teachers and not properly providing exceptional-student education services.

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07/30/2022 - Epic Charter Schools’ accreditation downgraded by State Board of Education

Epic Charter Schools was placed on probation after a June report released by the Oklahoma State Department of Education noted a number of issues with the district, including an alleged misuse of funds, altered school attendance and unauthorized teacher bonuses.

Epic was one of nine school districts that had its accreditation status changed to “Accreditation with Probation” during Thursday’s meeting of the State Board of Education.

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07/30/2022 - How Hillsdale College-affiliated charter schools spread

The American Legacy Academy (ALA) was recently approved to open in the Weld RE-4 School District in Colorado. According to ALA’s website, the charter school will offer a back-to-basics, classical education as a Hillsdale College curriculum school. The approval of the charter school is a victory for local culture warriors who have stormed board meetings with grievances over masks and critical race theory.

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07/29/2022 - Judge backs Osceola County in dispute with American Classical Charter Academy

An administrative law judge Friday upheld a decision by the Osceola County School Board to terminate a contract with a charter school, citing issues such as a large number of uncertified teachers and not properly providing exceptional-student education services.

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07/28/2022 - Putnam charter school shutting down after nine years

School officials this week announced the impending closure of Putnam Edge High School, seen here Thursday, July 28, 2022 in Palatka. Approximately 70 students at the area charter school have been told this week they must continue their education elsewhere.

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07/28/2022 - No excuses’ charter school magnate, Obama advisor sentenced for stealing $218K from NYC school he founded

An education advisor under former President Barack Obama and the founder of a network of hyper-punitive New York City charter schools was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing more than $218,000 from school accounts, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

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07/27/2022 - Deadline looms for Marine on St. Croix charter school meant to replace closed elementary

Principal Kim Kokx, who started her job on July 1, said 29 students have enrolled in Marine Village School, but only 14 had submitted official registration forms as of Wednesday afternoon. She and other school officials have been calling, texting and emailing families to remind them of the deadline, she said.

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07/26/2022 - Hillsdale-affiliated charter school asks state commission to overrule local school boards

A controversial charter school network embraced by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will attempt an end-run around local school boards that overwhelmingly rejected their applications.

Hillsdale College’s American Classical Academy filed an appeal Monday with the Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, asking the board to overrule the denial by the Jackson-Madison County Board of Education. Similar appeals are expected to be filed for charter schools in Rutherford County and Clarksville-Montgomery County.

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07/26/2022 - Montgomery County school board rejects proposal for Gaithersburg charter school

Although M.E.C.C.A. received a $900,000 start-up grant from the Maryland State Department of Education, board members still worried that the group might not secure the funding needed to acquire and renovate a building.

Additionally, the board questioned whether there was a need for a business-focused school since MCPS already offers a few business and finance-specific programs at the high school level.

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07/25/2022 - Superintendents call for charter school reform

Pennsylvania school districts are spending more than $2.6 billion in taxpayer money on mandatory payments to cyber and brick-and-mortar charter schools, according to the PSBA.

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07/21/2022 - Who will run two Philly charter schools? With a month to go before school, there are no answers yet.

At a chaotic meeting Wednesday night, the board declined to fully answer public questions about who will manage the schools, whether the schools’ principals will remain, when a new health insurance policy for employees will be in place, and how a previously promised tuition-assistance program for employees will run.

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07/21/2022 - State shutdown of Newark charter school leaves families in financial lurch

The recent state closure of University Heights Charter School, a network of three Newark schools that enrolled about 600 students, upended short- and long-term plans for hundreds of families.

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