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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:

September 28, 2023
Cary charter school illegally retaliated against math teacher, federal ALJ rules
The teacher had complained about the lack of special education services at Cardinal Charter Academy
Source: ncnewsline.com

September 27, 2023
Minnesota accountant allegedly stole $42K from Hmong charter school
The Anton Group, a St. Paul–based accounting firm, provided services to one in five Minnesota charter schools in 2022, but dissolved in wake of the alleged fraud. Neal Thao, the CEO of Noble Academy, said charter schools should “look at their accounts very carefully.”
Source: sahanjournal.com

September 25, 2023
This westside Indianapolis charter school is closing on Oct. 6.
The charter school on the west side of Indianapolis opened in 2018 but struggled with enrollment. 
Source: in.chalkbeat.org

August 25, 2023
Options withdraws Edinburgh charter school application after backlash - Daily Journal
The decision Wednesday came after leaders from surrounding schools pushed back against the plan during a public information session Monday at Edinburgh Premium Outlets, where charter school officials originally planned to open a location.
Source: dailyjournal.net

August 21, 2023
Philadelphia school's charter revoked after admissions lottery allegations
The Philadelphia Board of Education voted 8-1 to revoke Franklin Towne Charter High School's charter Thursday night.
Source: www.cbsnews.com

August 10, 2023
Twin Cities German Immersion School, MN 2013 & 2019 Bond Rating Outlook Revised To Negative From Stable On DSC Violation
"The outlook revision reflects the deterioration in TCGIS's financial performance in fiscal 2022, which resulted in a debt service coverage violation," said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Alexander Enriquez. While management has implemented a corrective action plan, another violation is expected in fiscal 2023. Management has developed a plan for fiscal 2024 and beyond that includes increasing class sizes, developing other revenue streams, and optimizing staffing.
Source: disclosure.spglobal.com

July 22, 2023
NC lawmakers seek to put pants-wearing charter school girls back into skirts. Here’s how
Judges told NC charter schools they cannot make girls wear skirts instead of pants. NC lawmakers want to pass a law to re-enable the dress code.
Source: news.yahoo.com

July 10, 2023
Rental dispute between north Minneapolis charter school and church results in school eviction
Legacy of Dr. Josie R. Johnson Montessori School, or JJ Legacy School, had been housed in a school building owned by Our Lady of Victory Church and received an eviction notice about two weeks ago.
Source: www.mprnews.org

May 9, 2023
Harlem Hebrew, decade-old bilingual school in Manhattan to close
Trustees cite low enrollment across New York City as a core issue.
Source: www.jpost.com

May 7, 2023
A Philly charter school manipulated its lottery to keep kids out, a top administrator says
The school executive said students from certain zip codes were eliminated, and others were kept out because they or their siblings exhibited academic or behavioral problems.
Source: www.inquirer.com

April 25, 2023
State board votes unanimously to close Genesis charter school in KCMO
The Missouri State Board of Education has voted unanimously to close the Genesis charter school in Kansas City.
Source: www.kctv5.com

April 8, 2023
Anchorage School Board votes to eliminate Family Partnership homeschool charter
Monday night, the Anchorage School Board voted 6-1 to eliminate Family Partnership’s homeschool charter and their Academic Policy Committee.
Source: www.alaskasnewssource.com

March 28, 2023
Newton school board votes to close Walton Rural Life Center
The Newton school board on Monday night voted 4-3 to begin the process to close the Walton Rural Life Center.
Source: www.kwch.com

March 27, 2023
Students protest after Paulo Freire Justice Charter School decides to close their doors
Students at Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School expressed their frustration with their staff and administration after plans to permanently close their doors at the end of the school year.
Source: www.westernmassnews.com

March 26, 2023
Waco Charter School parents, staff tell board they were blindsided by closure plan
Waco Charter School parents and staff voiced pain and confusion at a meeting Tuesday over the school’s imminent closure, criticizing the governing board for how the decision was made and
Source: wacotrib.com

March 24, 2023
An Interview With the School Board Chair Who Forced Out a Principal After Michelangelo’s David Was Shown in Class
"Well, we’re Florida, OK?"
Source: slate.com

March 21, 2023
ASD requests board terminate charter for Anchorage Family Partnership school
The Anchorage School District asks the school board to terminate the charter for Anchorage Family Partnership Charter School
Source: www.alaskasnewssource.com

March 15, 2023
American Indian Academy will close at the end of the school year
The charter school could not draw enough students to sustain its programming.
Source: www.cbsnews.com

March 14, 2023
As D-51 School Board’s conservative majority rushes to close East Middle School, it fast-tracks the opening of a religiously-affiliated charter school
As the conservative District 51 School Board majority headed by Board President Andrea Haitz hurries to shut down East Middle School, it is fast-tracking the opening of yet another charter school, the Ascent Classical Academy, a project of Hillsdale College, a private Christian religious school located in south-central Michigan.
Source: annelandmanblog.com

March 13, 2023
Voters decline to buy back Harpswell Coastal Academy property - The Harpswell Anchor
Maine charter school wants the public to buy back a school building, built w/ public funds, after the charter's purchase of the school
Source: harpswellanchor.org

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Great MN Schools $ 21,670,756
Teach for America $ 11,465,950
Hiawatha Academies $ 10,270,569
Minnesota Comeback $ 9,889,019
KIPP Minnesota $ 6,420,924
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 4,772,289
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 3,969,413
Ed Allies $ 3,791,500
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Our Turn, Inc., nee Students for Education Reform (SFER) $ 2,397,750
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 2,092,000
Education Evolving $ 2,003,250
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,564,256
The New Teacher Project $ 746,206
Total: $ 93,180,376