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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:

March 9, 2020
Charter school company spends big on luxury travel | The Texas Monitor
Last October, the CEO and president of the largest charter school company in Texas took a trip to Houston. They didn’t travel the way most public-school employees would have. Instead, they traveled by private jet, their spouses and five children came along for the trip, and they got around Houston not by Uber or rent car, but in a chauffeured SUV.
Source: texasmonitor.org

March 8, 2020
One of Rhode Island’s first charter schools is closing - The Boston Globe
The Academy for Career Exploration, which has faced pressure from the state for years to improve student outcomes, has opted to close its doors at the end of the school year.
Source: www.bostonglobe.com

March 6, 2020
Budget turmoil at Philly’s 2nd-largest charter school; officials quiet about why
The Bridesburg school has a large deficit, a CEO on leave, and some sort of problem related to the identification of special education students.
Source: whyy.org

March 6, 2020
Harlem charter school principal arrested for assaulting 7-year-old boy
Jason Epting, 43, the principal of Harlem Hebrew Language Academy, left the boy gushing blood from his forehead and concussed during a January encounter Epting first tried to brush off as an accident, the boy’s horrified mother told the Daily News.
Source: www.nydailynews.com

March 6, 2020
Epic Charter Schools' for-profit management firm refuses to release documents to investigators, Oklahoma attorney general says | Education | tulsaworld.com
Two days after the Tulsa World published a yearlong investigation on Epic Charter Schools, the state auditor served Epic Youth Services with an administrative investigative subpoena seeking access to nearly
Source: www.tulsaworld.com

March 5, 2020
One of Rhode Island’s first charter schools is closing - The Boston Globe
The Academy for Career Exploration, which has faced pressure from the state for years to improve student outcomes, has opted to close its doors at the end of the school year.
Source: www.bostonglobe.com

March 2, 2020
Ethical questions raised around Cornerstone charter schools' real estate deals
While Clark Durant is pounding the pavement asking for donations to improve the educational outcomes at Cornerstone, his non-profit is simultaneously siphoning money away from the network of schools via rental agreements.
Source: www.wxyz.com

March 2, 2020
McCurdy Charter Students Forced to Clean Restrooms | News | riograndesun.com
Some parents and students at McCurdy Charter School are speaking out against students having to clean restrooms and other facilities at the School.
Source: www.riograndesun.com

February 25, 2020
Body camera video: 6-year-old girl cries, screams for help as Orlando police arrest her at school
The body camera footage of the arrest of a 6-year-old at an Orlando charter school, released to the Sentinel, shows the girl crying for help while officers and school employees stand by.
Source: www.orlandosentinel.com

February 25, 2020
Exclusive: DC charter school administrator facing sexual abuse charge, placed on leave
According to court documents, an assistant principal at Rocketship Rise Academy in Southeast D.C. has been charged with felony sexual abuse, yet according to sources, he was working inside the school until Monday.
Source: www.fox5dc.com

February 24, 2020
Charter school employee pleads guilty of scam | News | westvalleyview.com
Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Harold Cadiz pleaded guilty Friday, Feb. 14, to reporting false student enrollment at the Bradley Academy of Excellence in Goodyear, also known as Discovery Creemos
Source: www.westvalleyview.com

February 24, 2020
Budget turmoil at Philly’s 2nd-largest charter school; officials quiet about why
The Bridesburg school has a large deficit, a CEO on leave, and some sort of problem related to the identification of special education students.
Source: whyy.org

February 23, 2020
Epic Charter Schools shielding $50 million in taxpayer funds from public scrutiny | Education | tulsaworld.com
The taxpayer money goes to Epic Charter Schools, which transfers it to a private management company owned by the school's co-founders. “Once the funds are paid to the management company,
Source: www.tulsaworld.com

February 21, 2020
Philly schools overpaying charters millions of dollars for special-education students, district says
The payment rate for charters is inflated, according to the district, because charters are serving a smaller share of students with severe disabilities, but are compensated based on the district’s average costs to educate its larger population of needier, more expensive special-education students.
Source: www.inquirer.com

February 20, 2020
Kauffman Leadership Academy to Close Doors, Texas Education Agency Revokes Charter
The only public charter school in Johnson County will close its doors on Friday.
Source: www.nbcdfw.com

February 19, 2020
Standardized tests voided at three dozen New Orleans schools due to irregularities | The Lens
Nearly half of the city’s public schools had at least one exam voided. Most were due to self-reported incidents. Statewide, 299 schools had voided tests.
Source: thelensnola.org

February 17, 2020
Man Pleads Guilty For Charter School Theft - Canyon News
A Sherman Oaks man plead guilty on Friday, February 14 for what has been called the largest charter school theft in California history.
Source: www.canyon-news.com

February 15, 2020
Arizona charter school principal pleads guilty in $2.5 million enrollment scheme
A second Arizona charter school official has pleaded guilty in a $2.5 million fraud case involving the defunct Discovery Creemos Academy in Goodyear.
Source: www.azcentral.com

February 13, 2020
In a damning audit, Indiana calls on two virtual schools to repay $85 million in misspent state funds
The state report seeks repayment for more than $85 million in public dollars inappropriately spent on companies connected to Indiana Virtual School officials.
Source: chalkbeat.org

February 9, 2020
Bradenton school refuses ‘homosexual’ parents. It got $1.1 million in vouchers, report says
A newspaper revealed that dozens of private schools accept taxpayer money and exclude students based on their sexual orientation, including one in Manatee County, sparking debates on religious freedom and, according to critics, state-sponsored discrimination.
Source: www.bradenton.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