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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 21, 2022
Titusville community leaders working to block new Memphis charter school from opening in neighborhood
A new charter school is looking to open doors in Birmingham after winning an appeal by the Alabama Public Charter Schools Commission.
Source: www.wbrc.com

May 20, 2022
In apparent first, district moves to withhold charter school’s state funding over facility conditions
The NOLA Public Schools district plans to withhold education funding from Lower 9th Ward charter school group Friends of King Schools over the network’s alleged failure to make repairs to facilities on its Fats Domino Avenue (formerly Caffin Avenue) property, which is owned by the district.
Source: thelensnola.org

May 12, 2022
North Las Vegas charter school principal placed on leave after accusations of discrimination
A North Las Vegas charter school principal was placed on administrative leave after allegations of discrimination.
Source: www.fox5vegas.com

May 10, 2022
Charter school, accused of faking grades, was renewed despite poor academics | WBFF
BALTIMORE (WBFF) — A Fox45 News investigation is raising questions about the process to approve charter schools in Baltimore City, after a school that’s now caught up in a scandal was renewed just months ago.
Source: foxbaltimore.com

May 9, 2022
FOX 13 Investigates: Public school run by polygamous Kingston group continues appointing family members
FOX 13 News has learned that a public charter school run by the polygamous Kingston group continues to defy the state by appointing family members to handle millions of taxpayer dollars.
Source: www.fox13now.com

May 9, 2022
Colorado Springs Charter Academy accused of financial, ethics violations
Peters issued a cease-and-desist order to the Colorado Springs Charter Academy on April 22, alleging that the school’s board committed several violations of the Colorado Charter School Institute’s School Compliance Policy.
Source: gazette.com

May 4, 2022
Lafayette city and school officials critical of charter school plan
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette officials are skeptical of a plan to open a charter school in the former New Community School building on Elmwood Avenue.
Source: www.wlfi.com

April 30, 2022
IDEA assistant principal accused of punching 5-year-old boy who struck her
The boy admitted that he punched her, after which the assistant principal pushed him...
Source: www.expressnews.com

April 29, 2022
Audit: NC charter school falsified student records, misused school funding
A new investigative report from the Office of the State Auditor states a North Carolina charter school falsified student records and misused school funding.
Source: www.wral.com

April 18, 2022
An East Tampa charter school offered an alternative. Now it’s closing.
Envisioned as an option for families at a nearby F school, East Tampa Academy succumbed to rocky finances.
Source: www.tampabay.com

April 15, 2022
Business-backed charter schools wouldn't answer to local school boards under proposal - Louisiana Illuminator
Business-backed charter schools in Louisiana wouldn't answer to local school boards under a proposal in the Legislature.
Source: lailluminator.com

April 13, 2022
State shuts down Three Rivers Academy - The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald | The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
That decision was reached on Jan. 6 during a meeting of the State School Board and were based on findings that Three Rivers Academy failed to meet standards of student performance, as well as for ongoing and longstanding violations of federal and state law, for violations of the provisions of its charter, and for failure to provide required oversight and accountability over the school’s Education Management Organization (EMO).
Source: www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com

April 9, 2022
School buses that disappeared from Lycée Francais charter school were repossessed, not stolen | Education | nola.com
An hour before they were set to pick up students to take them home on Thursday, three school buses disappeared from where they were parked in front of the Lycée
Source: www.nola.com

April 9, 2022
NC charter school poses 'immediate threat,' must close, State Board of Education determines
That means students must find a new school for the final weeks of the school year.
Source: www.wral.com

April 7, 2022
EHT charter school founder allegedly misrepresented contracts to his own company
The founder of an Egg Harbor Township charter school is accused of misrepresenting contracts that paid his business $115,000.
Source: breakingac.com

April 5, 2022
MAHS charter revoked, school to close in may – FOX13 News Memphis
The decision follows allegations of former school administrators misspending school money, accused of misappropriating nearly $800,000 in funding. “At least six years of mismanagement, and it’s hard to un-ring that bell,” said a member of the state charter school board.
Source: www.fox13memphis.com

March 31, 2022
State investigating abuse, neglect allegations within Longview ISD charter school system
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is investigating allegations of child abuse or neglect within East Texas Advanced Academies.
Source: www.news-journal.com

March 29, 2022
Ann Arbor charter school: Management firm made up student count
The school's authorizer did no investigation of the claims, which are now part of dueling lawsuits.
Source: amp.freep.com

March 25, 2022
Former Charter School Board President Found Guilty of Embezzlement and Wire Fraud
On March 23, 2022, following a week and half-long trial, a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida found Jimika I. Williams, a/k/a Jimika Mason, guilty of two counts of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and 18 counts of wire fraud.
Source: justice.gov

March 24, 2022
Critics want 1,100 charter schools to repay more than $1 billion in PPP loans to government
Critics say charter schools, with most losing no money during the pandemic, should repay $1 billion in federal Paycheck Protection Program loans.
Source: www.usatoday.com

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MN EDUCATION REFORM CORE

Great MN Schools $ 13,836,000
Teach for America $ 10,420,450
Minnesota Comeback $ 9,414,019
Hiawatha Academies $ 9,079,958
KIPP Minnesota $ 5,592,844
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 3,584,913
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 3,192,289
Ed Allies $ 3,130,000
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Our Turn, Inc., nee Students for Education Reform (SFER) $ 2,372,750
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 1,967,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,524,539
Education Evolving $ 1,210,250
The New Teacher Project $ 586,206
Total: $ 78,037,712