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Charter school scandal 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 21, 2019
APS says new evidence shows Vega charter school officials pressed teachers to lie about special ed troubles - Sentinel Colorado
AURORA | Aurora Public Schools officials say the principal of a popular but embattled charter school told an employee to lie to district investigators in an attempt to get past a dispute over special education instruction endangering the school. School district officials say malpractice in the school’s special education program led to a pending legal […]
Source: www.sentinelcolorado.com

March 21, 2019
Acclaimed BASIS charter schools nearly $44 million in the red, audit shows | Local news | tucson.com
The globally renowned BASIS charter school system is nearly $44 million in the red, according to a recent report from a Phoenix-based watchdog group.
Source: tucson.com

March 20, 2019
Republicans want to turbocharge privatization of Florida public schools | Randy Schultz - Sun Sentinel
Republicans want to turn Florida’s public school students into lab rats.
Source: www.sun-sentinel.com

March 19, 2019
SCHOOL DRUG BUST: School employee caught with extensive drug stash, sold to coworker in school parking lot
An employee at an Allegheny County charter school is facing charges after police said he was selling drugs to another employee in the school's parking lot.
Source: www.wpxi.com

March 19, 2019
Clayton Valley Charter must pay school district in lawsuit
Clayton Valley Charter High School owes more than $850,000 to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for using one of its campuses, a judge has ruled.
Source: www.eastbaytimes.com

March 18, 2019
Crime still legal for charter operators under ‘reform’ bill
The state Senate passed a bill saying charter school owners can continue to operate in a way that would put district school administrators in jail.
Source: www.azcentral.com

March 17, 2019
Southwest Key, Known for Migrant Shelters, Cashes In on Charter Schools
The schools are struggling with debt even as the charity sits on tens of millions.
Source: www.nytimes.com

March 16, 2019
Charter school companies feast at the public trough | Editorial - Sun Sentinel
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to do something about “bad actors” in the charter school industry, but has yet to say what that would be. The problem is the very existence of the for-profit sector. Charter schools should be non-profit in all respects.
Source: www.sun-sentinel.com

March 15, 2019
Monument charter school's hiring decisions questioned after unexplained departure of French teacher | Education | gazette.com
The unexplained departure of a French language teacher who was related to the director of the Monument Academy and has a criminal record has some parents questioning the school’s hiring
Source: gazette.com

March 14, 2019
Are Pa. school districts paying too much for cyber charter students?
“The taxpayers are being fleeced by this model in most cases,” said Greg Richmond, CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, a group that says it supports quality charters.
Source: www.philly.com

March 14, 2019
Parent says College Park charter school teacher threatened daughter
A College Park charter school investigated an allegation that a teacher cussed at an eighth-grade student, threatening to “beat the (expletive) out of her,” Channel 2 Action News reported.
Source: www.ajc.com

March 14, 2019
Singleton Charter School warned it’s violating special education law again: report
The Orleans Parish school district has issued its most severe warning to James M. Singleton Charter School for the third time this school year, saying the school again violated federal and state special education law, The Lens reports
Source: www.nola.com

March 14, 2019
Parents And Teachers Fleeing Chicago Virtual Charter School Over Questionable Spending, Missing Curriculum
Missing curriculum and missing textbooks are just some of the problems uncovered at Chicago Virtual Charter School.
Source: chicago.cbslocal.com

March 13, 2019
Former Employee Sues Olive Grove Charter School, Alleging Wrongful Termination | School Zone - Noozhawk.com
Noozhawk.com delivers local breaking news, local sports, schools, nonprofits, obituaries, business, arts and entertainment, calendar, local opinions and more.
Source: www.noozhawk.com

March 13, 2019
A virtual charter school ‘divorce’ leaves 2,400 students caught in the middle
N.C. Connections Academy wants state permission to no longer be managed by Pearson Online and Blended Learning. Both sides blame each other for the state labeling the online charter school as a continually low-performing school.
Source: www.newsobserver.com

March 13, 2019
St. Louis College Prep To Close; Lafayette Prep Poised To Step In | KBIA
Seniors at St. Louis College Prep will be the independent public school’s first, last and only graduating class. St. Louis College Prep, a charter middle
Source: www.kbia.org

March 12, 2019
12 Pepper-Sprayed At Flatbush Charter School: FDNY | Ditmas Park, NY Patch
12 Pepper Sprayed At Flatbush Charter School: FDNY - Ditmas Park-Flatbush, NY - Twelve people were pepper sprayed inside Uncommon Schools Kings Collegiate Charter School Monday afternoon, the FDNY said.
Source: patch.com

March 12, 2019
Arizona charter operator made millions on the schools he runs. He now wants to be in NC.
Wake Preparatory Academy would be managed by a company whose owner also owns the company that would build and lease back the facility to the charter school. The owner of those companies made millions from charter schools in Arizona.
Source: www.newsobserver.com

March 11, 2019
A new story of school segregation in North Carolina: A private white-flight academy is turning charter - The Washington Post
And how it will impact the public school district in which it is located when it takes in public funds that would have gone to that system.
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

March 8, 2019
Sackler family opioid fortune backed CT charter schools - New Haven Register
NEW HAVEN — The Sackler family — which owns Stamford-based OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma — has donated millions to political and philanthropic causes in Connecticut for years, while a recent lawsuit alleges the family’s money comes from “a web of illegal deceit.”
Source: www.nhregister.com

March 8, 2019
Teachers say charter school is closing over union efforts - The Washington Post
Teachers at the only unionized charter school in Washington, D.C., say the charter network is closing the school as retaliation against their unionization efforts
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

March 8, 2019
Two teens arrested for distributing cocaine at Colorado Springs charter school
Officers are investigating after several teenagers were caught using cocaine at a Colorado Springs charter school Wednesday, according to police. 
Source: www.fox21news.com

March 8, 2019
Charter school employee accused of charging $75K on school credit card at casino
Former Team Success employee Melissa Tapia is pleading not guilty to charges that she stole more than $360,000 from the school, management firm
Source: www.heraldtribune.com

March 7, 2019
Global Village Academy will permanently close at the end of the school year
The Fort Collins charter school made the announcement the day before it was set to go through mediation with the Colorado Charter School Institute.
Source: www.coloradoan.com

March 7, 2019
New Vision Academy to close this week, forcing more than 150 students to find new schools
The New Vision Academy charter school is closing its doors following a year of local, state and federal investigations and the recent revelation that its facility violates fire code.
Source: www.tennessean.com

March 6, 2019
At Arizona charter schools, parents with complaints or objections find nowhere to turn
A lack of independent oversight leaves students and families without recourse to challenge charter school officials' actions.
Source: www.azcentral.com

March 6, 2019
In Many Charter High Schools, Graduation Odds Are Slim
Nearly a quarter of all charter high schools are graduating less than half of their students, according to an Education Week analysis of federal data.
Source: www.edweek.org

March 4, 2019
Dozens of students forced out of Nashville charter school after fire code violations
The Nashville charter school New Vision Academy has been violating city fire code by enrolling more students than the capacity allowed at the south Nashville church building where it rents space.
Source: www.tennessean.com

March 4, 2019
State senator vows deeper look into local charter school
Charter school chain is still led by Michelle Thomas, who was sued by state for $2.2 million in misspending.
Source: www.daytondailynews.com

March 4, 2019
Report: Philly charter schools serve more affluent, advantaged students than rest of district
Philadelphia charter schools have fewer economically disadvantaged students, fewer students with severe disabilities, and fewer English language learners than traditional public schools, according to the Education Law Center.
Source: www.philly.com

March 2, 2019
Success Academy violated the civil rights of students with disabilities, New York state investigation finds
Success Academy failed to provide required services to students, changed the special education placement of children without giving parents the opportunity for input, and refused to follow orders issued at special education administrative hearings, according to the state.
Source: www.chalkbeat.org

March 1, 2019
School board unanimously denies three new charter school applications | The notebook
The Notebook | Philadelphia Public Schools - Philly education news and views, independent and reader supported.
Source: thenotebook.org

February 28, 2019
Charter application denied for Colorado Barney school
A proposed classical charter school in Colorado, part of Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative, has been denied a charter application.
Source: hillsdalecollegian.com

February 27, 2019
Portland school board votes to close Trillium School
The Portland Public Schools Board voted to shut down Trillium Charter School in North Portland. 
Source: www.koin.com

February 26, 2019
Former Toledo charter schools owe state $2 million
Two former Toledo charter schools owe the Ohio Department of Education more than $2 million combined for reporting incorrect student attendance data, ...
Source: www.toledoblade.com

February 26, 2019
Black Lives Matter poster going back up at Worcester charter school
WORCESTER - A Black Lives Matter-themed poster of Colin Kaepernick, affixed with pictures of African-American victims of alleged police brutality, was set to be put back up this week at Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, according to the school’s director.The charter school’s executive director, Brian Haas, said the poster was expected to be re-hung by high school students on Tuesday after a dialogue Monday between students and administrators.“It was a good
Source: www.telegram.com

February 26, 2019
Roberto Clemente Charter School withholds rent, sues landlord over building conditions - The Morning Call
In a lawsuit, Roberto Clemente Charter School alleges its two school buildings have leaky roofs and sidewalks need to be redone.
Source: www.mcall.com

February 26, 2019
Audit cites Dayton charter school chief’s improper hiring of family members
City Day Community School's superintendent has repaid the improperly spent money and agreed to attend ethics training.
Source: www.daytondailynews.com

February 25, 2019
'Choice' is a false pretext for draining money from public schools | Editorial - Sun Sentinel
It is unreasonable for private schools to expect public money without accountability. And it’s unwise to give private schools public money without knowing whether they teach, for example, sound science. Absent data, how are parents supposed to make good choices?
Source: www.sun-sentinel.com

February 23, 2019
Charges: Teacher sent nude photos, video to her student at Utah County charter school
A Draper woman faces multiple felonies counts after she texted nude photos of herself to one of her teenage students last month, according to court documents.
Source: www.ksl.com

February 22, 2019
Arizona charter school founder spent school money in Hawaii and on 'spiritual healers'
Trish McCarty ran StarShine Academy, a Phoenix alternative charter school, until the state shut it down for "egregious" financial mismanagement.
Source: www.azcentral.com

February 21, 2019
Study Finds Ohio Charter School Performance Is Not Improving | WKSU
A new study has found Ohio charter school students aren’t measuring up to their traditional school peers. The report from the Center for Research on
Source: www.wksu.org

February 21, 2019
APS moves to shut down ABQ charter school » Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Board of Education to hold hearing, listen to comments March 20
Source: www.abqjournal.com

February 21, 2019
Pasco County school superintendent moves to close charter school
Lack of student achievement and reckless use of funds among the allegations.
Source: www.tampabay.com

February 20, 2019
Aurora school board votes to close new charter school, saying it failed students with special needs
Vega charter school leaders said they will appeal to the state the Aurora school board’s decision to close the school.
Source: chalkbeat.org

February 19, 2019
Audit: Former Columbus charter school overstated attendance
A short-lived Columbus charter school improperly over reported its attendance and could not document a cash withdrawal of $806, according to an audit by the office of Ohio Auditor Keith Faber. First Time Learners Academy, which operated for less than five months in 2013, was ordered to repay $7,735 to the Ohio Department of Education for claiming state funds for more students than enrolled, the audit found. The school's sponsor suspended the school's operations on Dec. 6, 2013 after discovering
Source: www.dispatch.com

February 19, 2019
Republic reporters receive prestigious Polk Award for charter-school reporting
The George Polk Awards honored The Republic's reporting on charter schools, crediting reporters for revealing "insider deals, no-bid contracts and political chicanery."
Source: www.azcentral.com

February 19, 2019
Arizona charter school chain racked up big debt to expand. Now 5,600 kids face uncertainty
Edkey, a charter school chain that helps low-income kids, took on $93 million to expand. Now it has major financial challenges.
Source: www.azcentral.com

February 18, 2019
State’s lawsuit against KC charter school accused of stealing millions quietly settled | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two years ago, the state of Missouri took a local school to court, accusing them of stealing nearly $4 million in taxpayer money.
Source: fox4kc.com

February 18, 2019
R.I. charter school Times2 failing to deliver, state finds
The Providence school has until June 30 to address a list of shortcomings, says Department of Education.
Source: www.providencejournal.com

February 18, 2019
State finds 'financial distress' at Blackfoot charter schools
A lack of "strong internal controls" of finances has fueled cashflow challenges at the schools, according to an investigation by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.
Source: www.idahoednews.org

February 17, 2019
Bridges Public Charter School Dismisses Well-Loved Teacher Who Spoke Out
“It sends a message to other teachers that they need to be quiet and comply,” says one parent.
Source: www.washingtoncitypaper.com

February 16, 2019
Costs mount amid flurry of lawsuits over Las Vegas charter school
Joshua Kern, the receiver appointed to take over the Quest Preparatory Academy in 2015 after an audit detailed conflicts of interest and costly contracts at Quest, has been embroiled in six lawsuits since then.
Source: www.reviewjournal.com

February 16, 2019
A top D.C. charter school faces federal review over discipline practices - The Washington Post
The Education Department is investigating BASIS DC over alleged racial discrimination.
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

February 16, 2019
State pulls charter of troubled Little Rock school
The state Board of Education on Friday voted to immediately revoke Covenant Keepers College Preparatory School's state-issued charter after learning that unauthorized withdrawals from the school's bank account had left the school's sponsor without enough money to operate.
Source: www.arkansasonline.com

February 15, 2019
Boston: Charter Schools Are Pushing Public Education to the Breaking Point
When striking Los Angeles teachers won their demand to call for a halt to charter school expansions in California, they set off a domino effect, and now teachers in other large urban districts are making the same demand.
Source: schottfoundation.org

February 15, 2019
Action expected today on failing charter school in SWLR, with possible move out of neighborhood it was supposed to serve
The state Board of Education is almost certain to act on an emergency basis today to revoke the charter of the financially and academically reeling Covenant Keepers charter school and allow the Friendship Aspire Academy to be allowed to open a year early to take its students.
Source: www.arktimes.com

February 14, 2019
Camden Academy student told to remove Nigerian head wrap
A student at Camden Academy Charter High and her mother are enraged after the school told the girl to remove her Nigerian head wrap because it was in violation of the school's uniform...
Source: www.fox29.com

February 14, 2019
Vote to close Nevada City Charter School | TheUnion.com
Nevada City Charter School is closing.The Nevada City School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to not renew the charter, thereby closing the 24-year-old school after the end of
Source: www.theunion.com

February 14, 2019
Surprise: Add missing money to woes of problem-plagued charter school once run by Valerie Tatum
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports today that a would-be charter school operator in Little Rock says his job's been made more difficult by the discovery that Valerie Tatum, the former leader of Covenant Keepers College Preparatory Charter School had, in recent days, drained more than $188,000 from an account necessary to operate the school.
Source: www.arktimes.com

February 14, 2019
Man extradited from Spain faces charges in Santa Ana charter school embezzlement case
Emilio Vazquez arrived in Orange County to face charges including misappropriation of public funds, forgery and grand theft involving the defunct Albor school.
Source: www.latimes.com

February 11, 2019
Florida School Hires 2 Combat Veterans to Take Down Active Shooters
A charter school in Palmetto, Fla., plans to protect its students by arming security guards with Glock handguns and semiautomatic rifles.
Source: www.nytimes.com

February 11, 2019
SYVUHSD says charter school funding could bankrupt the district | KSBY.com
One Santa Barbara County school district says keeping a local charter school open could cause them to go bankrupt.
Source: ksby.com

February 7, 2019
Former Alma d'Arte employees and ex-business manager charged with embezzlement
The charter school's former principal, business manager and special education coordinator all face embezzlement and other felony charges.
Source: www.lcsun-news.com

February 7, 2019
Arizona's charter school board spends $4K a month on crisis PR expert
The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools should spend less on PR and more on demanding changes to this year's charter school "reform" bill.
Source: www.azcentral.com

February 6, 2019
Pasco charter school faces threat of closure
MYcroSchool is 'not fulfilling its mission,' superintendent Kurt Browning says.
Source: www.tampabay.com

February 5, 2019
Pittsburgh Christian Academy Tries to Become a Charter School to Cash in on Taxpayer Funding | gadflyonthewallblog
During the day, there would be an entirely secular school that just happens to teach comparative religious studies. Later in the day, it would transform into an optional religious school offering church functions!?
Source: gadflyonthewallblog.com

February 4, 2019
Charter school parents press for details on director’s departure – Coastal Observer
Two weeks after the sudden departure of the Coastal Montessori Charter School director Nathalie Hunt, parents and staff asked the school’s board this week for details. About 30 people attended the charter board’s meeting.
Source: coastalobserver.com

February 1, 2019
Taken For a Ride: Charter school bus firms cutting corners to save money
Public records the station collected from 90 New Orleans area charter schools showed the independent charter school operators generally lack control over their school bus vendors, leading to major safety violations and disturbing incidents.
Source: www.wwltv.com

January 31, 2019
Charter school growth forces closure of two Granville public schools
As neighboring school districts work to build more schools to accommodate growth, Granville County Schools is closing down two campuses.
Source: www.wral.com

January 30, 2019
Tacoma charter school SOAR Academy will close after 2018-19 | Tacoma News Tribune
SOAR Academy in Tacoma will close at the end of the 2018-19 school year because of financial issues, the school board announced this month. SOAR Academy opened in 2015 and had an enrollment of 180 students.
Source: www.thenewstribune.com

January 30, 2019
Why aren't Montgomery's charter schools following the rules? — Alabama Political Reporter
There is a process in place to approve charter schools in Alabama. When the Alabama Legislature passed the law allowing charters in the state, they spent some time putting together a written plan with steps that must be followed. Things like: any organization wishing to start a charter school must submit an application that includes […]
Source: www.alreporter.com

January 28, 2019
Utah college has no record it sold modulars to Idaho charter school administrator | East Idaho News
BLACKFOOT — Salt Lake Community College has no documentation of modulars sold to Idaho charter school administrator Fred Ball, though Ball’s Blackfoot-based school reimbursed him $16,000 for their purchase. Instead, the college sold at least one modular directly to Ball’s school for $2,000, according to checks and a contract obtained by Idaho Education News. Ball […]
Source: www.eastidahonews.com

January 25, 2019
Langston Hughes Academy Ordered Closed By State | Public Radio Tulsa
The State Board of Education voted Thursday to close a troubled Tulsa charter school at the end of this school year. In mid-2018 the State Department of
Source: www.publicradiotulsa.org

January 22, 2019
Catasauqua schools must be reimbursed for defunct charter school's pension obligations, court rules - The Morning Call
Catasauqua Area School District is not liable for a defunct charter school's unpaid pensions for teachers and therefore must be reimbursed by the state, Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court has ruled.
Source: www.mcall.com

January 22, 2019
St. Louis College Prep Under Investigation For Fraud | St. Louis Public Radio
Updated 5:25 p.m. with additional information on the school's financial situation — St. Louis College Prep has lost tens of thousands of dollars in state
Source: news.stlpublicradio.org

January 22, 2019
Michigan online charter school founder charged with embezzling more than $100,000
Nancy Paris was charged with three counts of embezzlement and running a criminal enterprise.
Source: www.mlive.com

January 22, 2019
State audit closes book on $44,000 theft by DECA charter school worker
State report says financial office employee had control of credit cards for years and misused them.
Source: www.daytondailynews.com

January 17, 2019
Principal of New Haven charter school quits after video surfaces | FOX 61
NEW HAVEN - One of the top rated charter schools in the country, New Haven's Achievement First Amistad High School, is under scrutiny again for going too far with discipline.
Source: fox61.com

January 16, 2019
Little Rock school closing when charter lapses in June
The 114-student Covenant Keepers Charter School in southwest Little Rock will shut down permanently when its state charter expires at the end of the school year, unless another charter operator succeeds in plans to replace it.
Source: www.arkansasonline.com

January 15, 2019
Ethics probe: Charter school leader wanted to hire family members
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is from a Dayton Daily News investigation revealing public officials...
Source: www.daytondailynews.com

January 15, 2019
Chancellor of shuttered Española charter school facing new sexual misconduct lawsuit | Local News | santafenewmexican.com
The new suit alleges Vernon Jaramillo would repeatedly tell the girl “that she was pretty, that she was beautiful, that he loved her and that he dreamed about her at
Source: www.santafenewmexican.com

January 10, 2019
Charter school hired principal with criminal past, then fired him for sexual harassment
At the center of those claims is an audio recording made of him about a month after he started as principal at Fischer.
Source: www.wwltv.com

January 10, 2019
2 Goodyear charter school employees indicted in $2.2M fraud case
Two employees of a now-closed charter school in Goodyear were indicted for fraud, months after the former director pleaded guilty to conspiracy and theft. 
Source: ktar.com

January 5, 2019
Chino Valley Unified: County school board had conflicts of interest in charter school vote – Daily Bulletin
Source: www.dailybulletin.com

January 3, 2019
DC mom blows whistle on unlicensed business serving charter school students
The Future Family Enrichment Center serviced special needs students who were suspended from their charter schools.
Source: www.wusa9.com

December 30, 2018
Charter school can't pay teachers - Rocky Mount Telegram
Global Achievers School has shut its doors, and teachers at the K-3 charter school may never be paid what they are owed for their service to the school and its students.
Source: www.rockymounttelegram.com

December 22, 2018
Osceola School Board Votes to Close Aviation Charter School
Despite the strong allegations, parents and students are still defending the Florida Aviation Academy in Kissimmee.
Source: www.mynews13.com

December 21, 2018
Celerity charter school founder to plead guilty to conspiracy charge, prosecutors say
Vielka McFarlane, who founded a collection of Los Angeles-area charter schools under the name Celerity Educational Group, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to misappropriate and embezzle public funds.
Source: www.latimes.com

December 20, 2018
Easton charter school administrators rigged grades, employee evaluations, according to lawsuit
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Northampton County Court
Source: www.lehighvalleylive.com

December 19, 2018
East-side charter school announces sudden closing
The school has been in operation since August 1999.
Source: www.tucsonnewsnow.com

December 13, 2018
Charter school principal charged with indecent assault of student
The former principal of a Harrisburg charter school is accused of having indecent contact with a student.
Source: www.abc27.com

December 10, 2018
California teacher faces charges after forcibly cutting a student's hair while singing anthem
A California high school teacher has lost her job and is facing multiple charges after cellphone video emerged showing her forcibly cutting a student's hair in her classroom while belting out an incorrect rendition of the National Anthem.
Source: www.cnn.com

December 6, 2018
Charter school suddenly closes in Cape Coral
Source: www.fox4now.com

December 4, 2018
Memphis board votes to close City University Boys Preparatory charter school
After 10 years, City University Boys Preparatory will close at the end of the academic year. Shelby County Schools recommended closure of the middle school in Whitehaven following a scheduled evaluation to determine if the district should renew its 10-year charter. “Kids were regressing at City University Boys
Source: chalkbeat.org

November 28, 2018
Lawmaker Eddie Farnsworth nets $13.9 million in charter-school sale, keeps getting paid
Lawmaker Eddie Farnsworth will net $13.9 million by selling his Benjamin Franklin charter-school chain, and he'll keep making money as a consultant.
Source: www.azcentral.com

November 21, 2018
Confederate Flag at Mater Academy Hialeah Gardens Causes Controversy | Miami New Times
The "Keep It Flying" banner was part of an anti-Confederacy lesson.
Source: www.miaminewtimes.com

October 12, 2018
Maricopa charter school closes with just days' notice; reports show over-spending | Education | pinalcentral.com
MARICOPA — Some Maricopa parents are rushing to find alternate schools to place their children in after one local charter school closed with just two days’ notice.
Source: www.pinalcentral.com

September 28, 2018
Ivy Prep Gwinnett, a former charter school icon, not re-opening
Leaders of Ivy Preparatory Academy have ceased all planning to re-open the Gwinnett County campus they'd temporarily closed
Source: www.ajc.com

August 23, 2018
A Palmdale charter school borrowed nearly $30 million to build a new campus. Then it got shut down
Founded in 2001, Guidance Charter School in Palmdale seemed like it was on stable footing when it issued more than $29.5 million in bonds to construct a brand new campus last year. Now it's been forced to shut down, though it's still on the hook for the debt.
Source: www.latimes.com

August 22, 2018
Primavera charter CEO gets $8.8M despite having Arizona's third-highest dropout rate
Primavera online charter school test scores lag state averages, and about half of its students drop out, but its CEO got an $8.8 million payout.
Source: www.azcentral.com

August 13, 2018
'A serious error': Charter official will return cash from insider deal
The Arizona Charter Schools Association will force its No. 2 executive to return cash from an insider deal after Republic investigation
Source: www.azcentral.com

July 11, 2018
Arizona charter school founder makes millions building his own schools
Deals at American Leadership Academy, an Arizona charter school chain, yielded at least $18 million in profits to Glenn Way's businesses.
Source: www.azcentral.com

May 7, 2018
At Basis charter schools, another way to boost teacher pay: Parent donations
Basis charter schools ask parents to give $1,500 per child to subsidize pay for teachers, who typically make thousands less than district schools.
Source: www.azcentral.com

March 1, 2018
Dozens of Arizona charter schools are at risk of closing due to financial woes
An analysis of charter-school finances statewide shows dozens of schools could be on the brink of financial ruin, and the state has little power.
Source: www.azcentral.com

January 30, 2018
Goodyear charter school abruptly closes, locking out hundreds of students
Discovery Creemos Academy, formerly the Bradley Academy of Excellence, notified parents via letter that the school was closing effective immediately.
Source: www.azcentral.com

MN EDUCATION REFORM CORE

Teach for America $ 8,736,850
Hiawatha Academies $ 5,500,158
Charter School Partners $ 4,771,464
MinnCAN $ 4,080,592
KIPP Minnesota $ 3,939,894
Minnesota Comeback $ 3,819,269
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Great MN Schools $ 2,780,000
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 2,457,300
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 2,342,289
Students for Education Reform $ 1,800,000
Intellectual Takeout $ 1,217,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 869,266
Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, Inc. $ 829,256
Ed Allies $ 451,500
Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School $ 450,000
Total: $ 47,144,276