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12/27/2021 - Growing Pee Dee charter school awarded federal grant — but might not get money due to skyrocketing construction costs

A growing Pee Dee public charter school has been awarded a federal grant to help it add a new facility to its campus – but it might not be able to use the money.

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12/22/2021 - Community groups, lawmakers, parents and education unions question RCSD monitor’s charter school side job

Community groups, state lawmakers, parents and education unions today called on the Rochester City School District’s state-appointed monitor Dr. Shelley Jallow to either drop her second job working for a charter school management organization, as reported by the Democrat & Chronicle, or leave her position as monitor.

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12/22/2021 - How a Wisconsin tribe helped launch a Trump-approved ‘Make America Great Again’ charter school

The Lake Country Classical Academy, an independent charter school authorized by the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College in northern Wisconsin, opened in September in the Milwaukee suburb of Oconomowoc, about a five-hour drive south on Interstate 94 from Hayward, where the college is located — about as far away from Ojibwe land and tribal members as you can get without leaving Wisconsin.

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12/21/2021 - Memphis school may lose charter after leaders indicted

A Memphis school could lose its charter under Shelby County Schools, after three school leaders were indicted on charges of stealing $400,000 for personal use.

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12/21/2021 - The taxpayer costs of a COVID-fueled exodus of Nazareth Area students to charter schools

Nazareth’s mounting costs came as Pennsylvania experienced a statewide exodus of students to cyber charter schools. More than 22,000 students left their home school districts for cyber charter schools at the start of the 2020-21 school year, “taking with them at least $335 million dollars in funding,” according to Pennsylvania’s 2021 State of Education Report.

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12/21/2021 - Epic Charter Schools: ‘Very serious crimes’ being investigated by multiple agencies, with new school leaders assisting

Epic Charter Schools’ new leaders said Friday that they are assisting multiple agencies “investigating some very serious crimes” during the years the state’s largest charter school system was controlled by its two now-ousted co-founders and for-profit managers

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12/20/2021 - Kanawha Judge Halts 5 Recently Approved Charter Schools In W.Va.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Bailey, in her ruling, cited the West Virginia Constitution, which asserts that “no independent free school district or organization shall hereafter be created,” unless the school districts or voters consent to its creation.

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12/20/2021 - Red Bank Charter School future in doubt as council, local board fight to close it

The Charter School, which opened in 1998 and teaches from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, has weathered four previous renewals. But this time, the Red Bank Board of Education has passed a resolution asking the New Jersey Department of Education to deny the Charter School’s renewal and the Borough Council passed a resolution supporting the Board of Education’s request.

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12/18/2021 - Ohio determines Bishop Sycamore to be ‘scam’ after investigation

Bishop Sycamore, the alleged Ohio charter school that raised concerns when the football program was blown out by IMG Academy in an ESPN showcase earlier this year, was determined to be a “scam.”

The Ohio Department of Education released its report about its investigation into Bishop Sycamore on Friday that the so-called online charter school was in fact a “scam” and “not a school.”

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12/17/2021 - “Grossly negligent” NC charter school given 10 days to correct problems or face steep sanctions

Citing “grossly negligent” oversight of Torchlight Academy’s exceptional children program, the State Board of Education on Thursday placed the Raleigh charter school on Level 3 governance probationary status, which gives it 10 days to correct problems or risk further sanctions such as charter revocation.

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12/17/2021 - Former charter school director sentenced to probation after embezzling millions

The former director of a for-profit charter school organization was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling millions of dollars and tax evasion, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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12/17/2021 - Dr. King Charter School earns three-year renewal

Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School, which was facing a possible non-renewal of its operating agreement with the Orleans Parish School Board, will remain open, NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis announced at Thursday night’s Orleans Parish School Board meeting.

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