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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:

May 17, 2019
Open and accessible? Here’s what happened when we tried to attend 10 Detroit charter school board meetings in a month.
Detroit charter school boards oversee the educations of 36,000 kids. But the meetings aren't always easy to access.
Source: www.chalkbeat.org

May 17, 2019
MPS To Conduct Internal Investigation After Charter School Bribery Scandal | WUWM
Milwaukee Public Schools will conduct an internal investigation into its former partnership with a troubled charter school company. The decision comes
Source: www.wuwm.com

May 16, 2019
Parents shocked over allegations against charter school teacher in east Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Unit said Thursday they were contacted...about a man who recorded video on an underage boy exposing his private parts. Lyle Pierce, 25 of Dresden was arrested Monday after several months of investigation. Pierce is a teacher at the K-12 Columbus Arts and Technology Academy...
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May 16, 2019
Orlando Science Charter School employee arrested, accused of soliciting nude pictures from students
An Orlando Science Charter School employee was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of using his position to ask children to send him inappropriate pictures.
Source: www.orlandosentinel.com

May 16, 2019
Citing finances, 2nd charter school quits Washington state
A Seattle area charter school is closing at the end of the school year next month, the second to quit since publicly funded, privately run schools began operating in Washington state five years ago.
Source: www.wral.com

May 15, 2019
A St. Paul school’s attempt to sabotage historic preservation and the people trying to save it | City Pages
This month, the St. Paul City Council will decide whether to designate a 92-year-old former church for historic preservation. It’s safe to count leaders of…
Source: www.citypages.com

May 14, 2019
Sentencing delayed for LA charter school founder who admitted misappropriating $2.5 million – Daily News
Schools' next CEO, a Torrance woman, is also facing corruption charges
Source: www.dailynews.com

May 13, 2019
Tribune editorial: Utah’s charter school system needs to stop encouraging longshots
In the last two weeks, we have seen the high and the low of Utah charter schools.
Source: www.sltrib.com

May 13, 2019
School Parents File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Duluth Edison Charter Schools - Fox21Online
DULUTH, Minn. — Three parents of students who are attending or did attend Duluth Edison Charter Schools have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the school system. In an email sent to school parents and faculty on Friday, Bonnie Jorgenson, the head of Duluth Edison, addressed the lawsuit but did not go into specific allegations made against the schools, which...
Source: www.fox21online.com

May 10, 2019
A Utah charter school — with potentially millions of dollars in debt — will close. Here’s what led to that decision.
But the board — facing pressure from the state after it was put on “warning status” late last year — said before its decision Wednesday night that it simply cannot pay back the funds it owes. In fact, it’s not even clear just yet how deep that debt goes. The issues began almost as soon as the school was founded ...
Source: www.sltrib.com

May 9, 2019
Valley Charter School Teacher Guilty Of Molesting Students | Northridge, CA Patch
Charter School Coach Guilty Of Molesting Students - Northridge-Chatsworth, CA - LA's City Attorney praised the 18 girls who reported the teacher for molestation, sexual battery, false imprisonment and lewd conduct.
Source: patch.com

May 9, 2019
Murray charter school to close amid financial troubles
MURRAY (ABC4 News) – A Murray charter school facing financial hardship will close at the end of the school year. 
Source: www.abc4.com

May 7, 2019
Former MPS board president Michael Bonds convicted of bribery
Former Milwaukee Public Schools board president Michael Bonds was convicted Monday of accepting bribes for his votes to help a Philadephia-based charter school company operate three schools in Milwaukee.
Source: www.jsonline.com

May 4, 2019
Easton school district launches investigation into charter school
The solicitor says district officials want to investigate former principal Susan Bostian's accusations that academy administrators rigged grades and changed employee evaluations to make the school appear more successful.
Source: www.wfmz.com

May 3, 2019
Summit Prep charter school closes doors a month early and won't reopen
Summit Preparatory Charter School in South L.A. has taken the unusual step of closing its doors a month early after the L.A. Unified School Board voted not to renew its charter. Summit Prep leaders could have appealed the April 2 vote, but the LAUSD decision jeopardized a short-term loan the school was counting on and administrators said it could not afford to stay open through June.
Source: www.scpr.org

May 2, 2019
South Florida Family Sue Charter School Over Sex Abuse Allegations
A local family is suing a Hollywood charter school after they say their daughter was sexually abused by a substitute teacher.
Source: miami.cbslocal.com

May 2, 2019
Charter school teacher charged with raping 10-year-old boy
Deidre R. Smith, 34, was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile after investigators from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office got a tip on April 30 from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher at the school.
Source: nypost.com

May 2, 2019
AISU charter school may have to close its doors
MURRAY, Utah — A charter school faces an uncertain future because of serious financial issues and the school's board decided Wednesday to hold off on making a decision of whether or not to close the school and when that could happen.
Source: fox13now.com

May 2, 2019
Controversial charter school director avoids jail after fraud charges dropped
A former Oakland charter school director known for boosting student test scores through humiliation and harsh discipline has avoided jail time following a six-year federal investigation into allegations of fraud.
Source: www.sfgate.com

May 1, 2019
Two Communities Fight Against “Carpetbagger” Charter School | Capital & Main
For many California charter schools, co-location is everything.
Source: capitalandmain.com

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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
Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, Inc. $ 969,256
Harvest Network of Schools $ 869,266
Ed Allies $ 451,500
Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School $ 450,000
Total: $ 47,284,276