March 2021

MAR 31, 2021 – Questions raised about how Washington County charter school is managed

Tuacahn Center for the Arts, known for its impressive amphitheater and its renowned “Broadway In the Desert” series, also runs Tuacahn High School for the Arts, a charter high school.

Student Body President Gabriela Merida said recently the dance students were told, without warning, that the arts center had rented their studio to a professional production, and that students would not have access to it for the rest of the year.

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MAR 25, 2021 – State Board of Education discusses possible action against Epic Charter Schools

The State Board of Education is having a meeting where they’ll discuss possible action for Epic Charter Schools.

In October, a report by the state auditor found that Epic Charter Schools owed the state $11.2 million, most of it for overpaying administrative costs. 

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MAR 24, 2021 – Epic Charter Schools Misses State Deadline For $11.2 Million Repayment

Epic Charter Schools missed a state deadline to pay an $11.2 million fine handed down to the school in October. Repayment will be discussed at Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting.

Epic was slapped with the clawback of state funds in October. But the virtual charter school behemoth has contested the amount it was overpaid by the state for months.

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MAR 22, 2021 – Lloyd Kennedy Charter School to close this summer, pending Aiken County school board vote

A local charter school will close its doors in June due to its director’s upcoming retirement, pending a vote from the Aiken County Board of Education at Tuesday’s meeting.

Keisha Lloyd Kennedy, director of Lloyd Kennedy Charter School, wrote to Superintendent King Laurence on Jan. 28 to notify the school district of her intent to retire at the end of the 2020-2021 school year due to health reasons, according to a board agenda attachment.

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MAR 17, 2021 – Ex-CEO at Goodyear charter school gets prison in fraud case

A former CEO at a now-closed Goodyear charter school has been sentenced to four years in prison in a fraud case.

State prosecutors said Daniel Hughes also was ordered to pay restitution for his role in the theft of more than $2.5 million from the Arizona Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Federal Communications Commission.

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MAR 16, 2021 – NOLA Public Schools: Two charter networks violated state law on background checks

James M. Singleton Charter School failed to conduct criminal background checks for some of its employees and employed someone ineligible to work at the school because of a criminal conviction, according to a Wednesday letter to the school from the NOLA Public Schools district warning that the school’s practices on background checks violated state law. The district letter also said that the Louisiana State Police could not confirm the validity of a number of background checks in the school’s files.

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MAR 15, 2021 – WWL-TV’s ‘Taken for a Ride’ investigation leads to criminal charges for school bus owners

The former owners of a charter school bus company and their insurance agent have been charged with insurance fraud as the result of an exclusive WWL-TV investigation two years ago.

The station’s “Taken for a Ride” investigation in 2019 uncovered insurance documents from school bus provider Scholars First that the state insurance commissioner confirmed had been falsified. 

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MAR 12, 2021 – Charter schools cite special topics, flexibility as reasons they hire unlicensed teachers

Several charter school leaders are publicly opposing a proposed bill to require charter schools to hire only licensed educators, but they suggested they could support the bill if amended to provide some flexibility.

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MAR 12, 2021 – Success Academy Charter School Network Ordered to Pay Over $2.4 Million in a Disability Discrimination Case Brought by Families of Five Former Students

Charter school network Success Academy, which touts its commitment to children “from all backgrounds,” has been ordered to pay over $2.4 million on a Judgment in a case brought by families of five young Black students with learning and other disabilities who sued after the children were pushed out of a Success Academy school in Brooklyn.

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MAR 04, 2021 – Theodore Decker: Years after its collapse, ECOT still costs Ohio plenty

The school has not repaid the $80 million, and for the past three years has been engaged in court battles about it on various fronts, with ECOT lawyers arguing everything but, “We shouldn’t have to pay back Ohio because the state would just blow it on something else anyway.”

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