December 7, 2023 2:31 pm

NPE Exposes Hillsdale Charter School’s Deception

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An invitation to fiction writing. That is how New York Times reporter Mike Winerip characterized the application process of the Charter School Programs of the U.S. Department of Education. More than a decade has passed, and the problem remains.

Read my blog in Valerie Strauss’s The Answer Sheet in the Washington Post and learn how the Cincinnati Classical Academy, a Hillsdale Charter School, fooled the Department by pretending that its goal is to help disadvantaged students in Cincinnati.

Legislators, Ohio NEA and AFT, the Cincinnati NAACP, the state PTA, and wonderful grassroots advocacy groups gave their support by signing our letter asking Secretary Cardona to withdraw the grant. You can read the letter we sent here.

This is not the first time that NPE has alerted the Department to awardees who wrote deceptive applications. Will anything change? In the weeks ahead, we and our allies will follow up.


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