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Charter school scandals of the day

Charter schools are by design a griftogenic environment, so operators are at their most creative in figuring out ways to benefit themselves:

January 21, 2020
Wilmington charter school suspends use of seclusion room after illegal usage | Port City Daily
In response to the parents’ grievance against Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, pictured, the school said its seclusion room did not meet minimum state…
Source: portcitydaily.com

January 18, 2020
Two charter schools should repay $5.5 million, state audit recommends
A state audit questions the student counts at Innovation Charter School in Pompano Beach and Imagine Charter in Weston. Officials at the two schools say they can verify their enrollments and plan to appeal.
Source: www.sun-sentinel.com

January 18, 2020
Charter school founder arrested, accused of stealing from school - KYMA
Harvest Preparatory Academy’s founder is in hot water after he was arrested for stealing from the school.
Source: kyma.com

January 16, 2020
Kennesaw charter school announces closure | News | mdjonline.com
KENNESAW — A Kennesaw charter school announced Wednesday it will be closing permanently at the end of the school year, leaving parents looking for places to send their children in
Source: www.mdjonline.com

January 15, 2020
Low-performing online school posts unprecedented enrollment growth, again
The remote Southeast Idaho district's home-learning program has added 2,500 students since 2016, far exceeding growth at any other district or charter in Idaho. It's now Idaho's largest virtual school.
Source: www.idahoednews.org

January 14, 2020
State: City on a Hill broke law by failing to investigate bullying
NEW BEDFORD — Years before declining enrollment and other problems at the City on a Hill charter school in New Bedford led to its impending closure in June, the school’s response to a series of cyberbullying incidents broke state law, The Standard-Times has learned.
Source: www.southcoasttoday.com

January 13, 2020
School choice just fantasy for special needs families – Arizona Capitol Times
If school choice proponents truly care about kids, they will mandate that charter schools and private schools taking ESA funding accept students with special
Source: azcapitoltimes.com

January 13, 2020
The Colossal Charter Mess In Montgomery | Larry Lee on Education
It is nigh impossible to figure out what is going on with charter schools in Montgomery. Whether it is by design, deception or a bushel of inaptitude, the situation is clearly defying sections of the charter law and thumbs its nose at what is legal and what is not.
Source: www.larryeducation.com

January 12, 2020
In Indiana 90% of public school students graduate; only 40% of charter school students do
State data also shows non-public and traditional public school graduation rates landed at or above 90 percent for all students. Meanwhile, charter schools graduated students at a rate of 40.2 percent.
Source: indianapublicmedia.org

January 11, 2020
'After all the damage, now they want to sell?' | DC charter school leaving before it opens
The two-story school was built without permits, and is now selling the building before it even opens.
Source: www.wusa9.com

January 8, 2020
State education officials vote to close Memphis school | WREG.com
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Southwest Early College High School will close after a vote from the Tennessee State Board of Education on Monday afternoon. The State Board voted 8 to 0 against the school's revocation appeal. The school is run by Artesian schools.
Source: wreg.com

January 8, 2020
'Pedophile' teacher axed from job 'for performing sex acts on boy in classroom'
Valeria Costadoni agreed to be stripped of her qualifications amid ongoing administrative and criminal investigations into her behavior
Source: metro.co.uk

January 6, 2020
Churches, private entities that served A3 charter school students say they're owed $1.8 million
Outside entities ran "underground public schools" funded by tax dollars through A3, prosecutors claim
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

January 6, 2020
Loophole could give F-rated charter schools millions meant for better schools
Some F-rated charter schools may have found a way to receive part of Ohio's new $30 million fund meant to help the state's best charters
Source: www.cleveland.com

January 4, 2020
Following Epic Charter’s $2.4M ad budget, proposed bill would ban tax dollar-funded school ads | KFOR.com
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - New proposed legislation would ban Oklahoma schools from using tax dollars on advertising. It's an issue one state senator is saying needs to be addressed, after learning Epic Charter Schools spends nearly $2.5 million on ads.
Source: kfor.com

January 4, 2020
Charlotte charter school closes suddenly
The Charlotte charter school close abruptly, leaving parents scrambling to find new schools for their kids.
Source: www.wcnc.com

December 31, 2019
New Roots Charter School placed on probation for fiscal mismanagement and low enrollment
A note from the chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees Charter Schools Committee stated the school served as few as 110 students and owes $279,000.
Source: www.ithacajournal.com

December 23, 2019
State: Closed Arkansas charter school's chief in contempt
The Arkansas Board of Education is seeking to have former charter school founder and operator Valerie Tatum held in contempt of court for failing to produce documents that will enable the state to audit the now-closed Covenant Keepers Charter School.
Source: www.nwaonline.com

December 22, 2019
Charters for two New Orleans schools will not be renewed this year after contentious board meeting
Unable to find a nonprofit organization willing or able to grab the reins, the New Orleans public school district will at least temporarily take over one of two schools slated
Source: www.nola.com

December 19, 2019
Charter panel favors closing F-rated school
The state's Charter Authorizing Panel voted Wednesday in support of closing Southeast Preparatory High School, a publicly funded charter school in Pine Bluff.
Source: www.arkansasonline.com

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MN EDUCATION REFORM CORE

Teach for America $ 9,036,850
Hiawatha Academies $ 6,347,658
Minnesota Comeback $ 5,024,769
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
KIPP Minnesota $ 4,144,894
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Great MN Schools $ 2,780,000
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 2,620,300
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 2,342,289
Students for Education Reform $ 1,985,000
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 1,467,000
Wildflower Foundation $ 1,410,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,229,266
Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, Inc. $ 969,256
Ed Allies $ 696,500
Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School $ 450,000
Total: $ 52,630,276