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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:

April 13, 2021
Alleged scam: Nancy New's school claimed to treat hospitalized kids | Mississippi Today
New Summit School operators allegedly fleeced the Mississippi Department of Education out of more than $2 million from 2017 to 2020 using a program that serves hospitalized children.
Source: mississippitoday.org

March 13, 2021
Success Academy Charter School Network Ordered to Pay Over $2.4 Million in a Disability Discrimination Case Brought by Families of Five Former Students
Charter school network Success Academy, which touts its commitment to children “from all backgrounds,” has been ordered to pay over $2.4 million on a Judgment in a case brought by...
Source: www.jdsupra.com

March 13, 2021
City Sued for Letting Charter School Dodge Environmental Rules
Different sets of construction regulations allow California's charters to build without environmental oversight.
Source: capitalandmain.com

February 27, 2021
Accused A3 charter school ringleaders plead guilty to conspiracy
Plea deal returns $210 million in public school dollars to California, district attorney says
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

February 25, 2021
Police investigating alleged embezzlement at Warren Easton Charter High School | The Lens
Warren Easton Charter High School’s annual financial audit has revealed a $70,000 discrepancy in the school’s student activity funds, and the New Orleans Police Department is investigating the matter as a theft by a former employee.
Source: thelensnola.org

February 24, 2021
Defunct online charter school fights order to repay $60M
A defunct online charter school is fighting an order to refund $60 million in taxpayer money that had been paid to the school.
Source: www.springfieldnewssun.com

February 17, 2021
Utah charter school tries to opt out of Black History Month
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Source: www.inthepublicinterest.org

February 5, 2021
To cover up anti-gay policies, Florida’s voucher school industry has launched a new P.R. campaign | Commentary
“They know discrimination is happening.” Florida legislator says voucher school backers should end anti-gay policies instead of trying to cover them up.
Source: www.orlandosentinel.com

January 30, 2021
Charter school broadly overstates its ‘brick and mortar’ offerings, must pay $300K, state says
The Indiana Agriculture and Technology School lied about how much instruction its students receive online, according to a state investigation.
Source: www.indystar.com

January 21, 2021
Charter schools receive taxpayer dollars. Should their board members follow state ethics laws? | Mississippi Today
The Mississippi Ethics Commission says charter school board members are subject to state ethics laws, which prohibit conflicts of interest that could lead to the misspending of public dollars. Several charter operators and advocates say they should be exempt.
Source: mississippitoday.org

January 15, 2021
Public school with ties to polygamous sect under investigation by Charter School Board
The Utah State Charter School Board has confirmed it will investigate the spending and lack of diversity at a public charter school in West Valley City.
Source: www.fox13now.com

January 13, 2021
Florida lets voucher schools hire dropouts as teachers … and keep it secret | Commentary
Voucher schools in Florida can hire unqualified teachers, even high school dropouts, and then hide that info from parents and the public. This $1 billion program needs accountability.
Source: www.orlandosentinel.com

January 1, 2021
Court backs School Board terminating charter for Manatee school Lincoln Memorial Academy
The panel pointed to financial mismanagement and a failure to perform proper background screening on employees.
Source: www.heraldtribune.com

December 21, 2020
Arizona charter school got a PPP loan, gave $10 million to shareholder
An Arizona Republic review found the overwhelming majority of the Arizona charter schools that obtained PPP loans didn't need the money.
Source: www.usatoday.com

December 21, 2020
As cyber charter school costs soar, state fails to conduct required audits | Education | thetimes-tribune.com
Pennsylvania cyber charter schools could receive more than $1 billion in taxpayer money this year with little oversight as the state fails to conduct required financial audits, a Sunday Times
Source: www.thetimes-tribune.com

December 21, 2020
Rejected charter school proposal in Lancaster might have new life thanks to controversial federal grant program
In late September, the federal government awarded the All Football Club Lancaster Lions soccer organization the grant, to be spent within five years on allowable expenses by law, such as
Source: lancasteronline.com

December 18, 2020
Audit reveals Epic Charter Schools has 60 days to pay back millions
State Auditor & Inspector Cindy Byrd publicly released the work papers supporting the questioned administrative costs and improper transfers of funds to California related to her recent audit of Epic Charter Schools.
Source: okcfox.com

December 16, 2020
Charter schools are enabling white flight from public education
A publicly-funded charter school in Utah’s most racially diverse city is all white...
Source: www.inthepublicinterest.org

December 8, 2020
Florida charter school leader allegedly spent school funds on new car while students went hungry
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December 6, 2020
Leader of closed charter school accused of embezzling nearly $400,000
The funds were supposed to pay for the school’s operating expenses. They were allegedly used to purchase a new car, pay rent for a lavish home and other expenses.
Source: www.sun-sentinel.com

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Teach for America $ 10,220,450
Great MN Schools $ 9,260,000
Minnesota Comeback $ 8,814,019
Hiawatha Academies $ 8,299,958
Wildflower Foundation $ 6,140,200
KIPP Minnesota $ 5,356,544
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 3,302,313
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 3,192,289
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Our Turn, Inc., nee SFER $ 2,352,750
Ed Allies $ 2,186,000
Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, Inc. $ 2,080,906
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 1,717,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,524,539
Education Evolving $ 1,171,500
Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School $ 456,000
Total: $ 78,200,962