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06/30/2022 - Celebrated all-boys charter school in Chicago cited by CPS for ‘dismal’ financial management
For years, a charter school network in Chicago was celebrated nationally for getting 100% of its Black male graduates admitted to college. Its founder was once even named “hero of the year” by People Magazine.
But behind the scenes Urban Prep Charter Academies has been mired in such deep financial trouble that Chicago Public Schools officials say they have “grave concerns” about its sustainability, WBEZ has learned.Read More
06/29/2022 - Jefferson County students score among lowest in the state in English Language Arts and Geometry
The Department of Education released Math and English Language Arts statewide test scores this week. Jefferson County School District had the lowest third grade English Language Arts score and the lowest high school Geometry score in the state. The results come as local school officials prepare to regain control of the Jefferson school district Friday from charter school operator Somerset Academy.Read More
06/28/2022 - State audit determines shuttered online charter school ECOT owes the state more than $117 million
Years after becoming a controversial political talking point, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow still owes the state more than $117 million, according to a state audit released Tuesday.Read More
06/27/2022 - Nearly all Banning Lewis Academy school board members resign en masse
Nearly an entire Colorado Springs school board has resigned. 13 Investigates has learned that four out of the five school board members at Banning Lewis Academy resigned between June 10 and 13.Read More
06/26/2022 - New agreement tells NC charter schools: No conflicts of interest
The North Carolina State Board of Education on Wednesday approved a new agreement for future charter schools prohibiting conflicts of interest.
The vote follows accusations of self-dealing at a Raleigh charter school, Torchlight Academy, the state board closed earlier this year.Read More
06/25/2022 - Timeline: Epic Charter Schools’ years of alleged wrongdoing
This past week saw one of the biggest developments yet in the ongoing legal saga of Epic Charter Schools.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation arrested Epic founders Ben Harris and David Chaney, and Josh Brock, its former Chief Financial Officer (CFO), on multiple charges stemming from investigations dating back to 2013.Read More
06/24/2022 - New Irvine charter school under scrutiny for alleged mismanagement
On the last day of school at Irvine International Academy, families were greeted with parties, end-of-the-year fun, and some breaking news: The principal had been fired.It was the latest controversy in a list of many for a charter school that opened less than one year ago.Read More
06/23/2022 - State leaders begin closure protocols for embattled charter school
The commission has been helping Another Choice Virtual Charter prepare for permanent closure for months, commission director Jenn Thompson told EdNews Wednesday. In February, the commission took the first formal — and rare — step to close the school by voting unanimously for Another Choice’s permanent shutdown.Read More
06/23/2022 - Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation arrests Epic Charter School founders, former CFO on multiple charges
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has arrested the founders of Epic Charter Schools and its former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on multiple charges stemming from investigations dating back to 2013.Read More
06/23/2022 - Philly board moves to close 3 charters amid allegations of bias against Black-led schools
The Philadelphia school board Thursday night began a process to pull the charters of three schools it cited for academic, operational, and financial flaws.Read More
06/21/2022 - Oklahoma charter school facing more allegations of misusing state funds
Epic Charter Schools is accused of fudging attendance records to receive thousands of dollars in state funds and of improperly handing out millions in bonuses, according to an investigation by the Oklahoma State Department of Education released Tuesday.Read More
06/15/2022 - Idaho virtual school ‘failed to comply’ with charter rules. Now it’s closing
A virtual charter school in Idaho will close at the end of the month after its appeal was denied in its last effort to remain open.
In November, the Idaho Public Charter School Commission’s director recommended that Another Choice Virtual Charter School’s charter not be renewed because it hadn’t met certain operational standards and had “failed to comply with public charter school statutes,” according to the board’s agenda.Read More