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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:

December 6, 2021
Missouri City man sentenced for charter school embezzlement scheme
A Missouri City resident who founded a charter school will serve three years in federal prison for illegally using the school’s money to pay for personal expenses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

December 6, 2021
Cary principal says charter school fired him over diverse hiring, COVID mask mandate
A principal of a charter school in Cary who was fired after less than two months in charge is suing the school’s parent company in federal court.
Source: www.newsobserver.com

December 3, 2021
Utah charter high school promotes fundraising ‘jail event’ with image of a Black boy behind bars
A Utah charter school invited its students to send their classmates to “lunch jail” as part of a fundraising event — and then promoted the campaign with an image of a Black child in an orange jumpsuit behind bars.
Source: www.sltrib.com

December 3, 2021
Houston charter school founder sentenced to three years in prison for mail fraud conspiracy
The founder of a now-shuttered Houston charter school on Wednesday was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $335,000 in restitution after being convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud related to embezzled school funds.
Source: www.houstonchronicle.com

December 2, 2021
Memphis charter school leaders indicted; nearly $400K stolen
Three men who held leadership positions at a Memphis charter school have been indicted after police say they stole nearly $400,000 from the academy.
Source: www.wreg.com

November 28, 2021
IDEA Public Schools had pilot on the payroll – Progress Times
IDEA Public Schools had a pilot on the payroll in 2019 and 2020. The pilot — Flyder DeCastro, 49, of McAllen — worked for IPS Enterprises, a nonprofit organization created and controlled by IDEA.
Source: www.progresstimes.net

November 18, 2021
Unapproved bonuses, personal spending: Charter school superintendent allegedly misused taxpayer dollars
A searing investigative audit report of Justice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy released Tuesday.
Source: news.yahoo.com

November 16, 2021
Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i in violation of charter - The Garden Island
A newly adopted distance-learning program used at Alaka‘i O Kaua‘i has put the school in violation of its charter school contract, the State Charter School Commission ruled Monday.
Source: www.thegardenisland.com

November 12, 2021
'It's serious': Emails reveal details leading up to closure of two charter schools
The principal downplayed claims the schools enrolled far less students than what was reported to the state, and teachers cried when hearing of closures, according to emails.
Source: www.idahoednews.org

November 11, 2021
Hmong College Prep school faces investigation by attorney general after hedge fund investment loss
Already reeling from the loss of $4.3 million from an illegal investment with a hedge fund, Hmong College Prep Academy now is being investigated by the Minnesota attorney general for possible violations of state laws on charities and nonprofits.
Source: www.twincities.com

November 9, 2021
One company applies to run half of WV’s first charter schools
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Accel Schools says it serves schools in seven states. West Virginia could be the eighth.
Source: www.herald-dispatch.com

October 29, 2021
IDEA sues Texas attorney general to keep hotel purchase records secret – Progress Times
IDEA Public Schools filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in mid-October, attempting to block the release of records that may explain why the charter school system purchased a hotel in Cameron County.
Source: www.progresstimes.net

October 29, 2021
$1 million for New Orleans charter school allegedly missing. DA launches criminal probe
Williams took the rare step of announcing a criminal investigation at a press conference Thursday, before gathering any evidence.
Source: www.wwltv.com

October 28, 2021
Fletcher criticism over planned charter school continues – Twin Cities
The heat was turned up on Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher Wednesday over how it was announced last week that he is part of a group planning to open a new charter school in the county that aims to steer students toward careers in public service.
Source: www.twincities.com

October 26, 2021
Hmong College Prep board accepts founder's resignation, will continue investigating $4.3M investment loss
The school board for the St. Paul charter school accepted Christianna Hang's resignation without discussion during a special meeting Monday. She'll be out no later than Dec. 31.
Source: www.twincities.com

October 22, 2021
Union County charter school closes as outraged teachers go on strike against what they’re calling ‘unfair practices’
UNION COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A Union County Charter school is shut down as protests take place on the front lawn. Parents and teachers are upset with several things taking place at Union Day School, including the recent abrupt firing of popular principal, Matt Hamilton. Teachers are on strike and say they’re also […]
Source: www.wnct.com

October 21, 2021
En banc 4th Circuit will review skirts-only dress code for charter school girls
The constitutional rights of more than 3 million elementary and secondary students in the U.S. could be at stake when the en banc 4th Circuit decides whether a North Carolina charter school that requires girls to wear skirts or dresses can be sued for violating the Equal Protection Clause.
Source: www.reuters.com

October 21, 2021
Arch Community charter school in north St. Louis loses its sponsor, could close | Education | stltoday.com
UMSL pulled its sponsorship of the elementary school that opened in 2017 and has 95 students enrolled this year.
Source: www.stltoday.com

October 20, 2021
FOX 13 Investigates: Public school with ties to polygamous Kingston group looks to expand
A public charter school in West Valley City with ties to the polygamous Kingston group has decided it will look into the possibility of expanding, despite looming questions related to the school's handling of millions of taxpayer dollars.
Source: www.fox13now.com

October 19, 2021
State Auditor sends report on Hmong school’s hedge fund investment to prosecutor’s office
The Office of the State Auditor on Monday released an investigative report finding that a St. Paul charter school’s $5 million investment with a hedge fund violated state law and the school’s own investment policy.
Source: www.twincities.com

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Teach for America $ 10,220,450
Great MN Schools $ 9,560,000
Minnesota Comeback $ 9,114,019
Hiawatha Academies $ 8,821,958
KIPP Minnesota $ 5,416,544
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 3,342,313
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 3,192,289
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Ed Allies $ 2,696,000
Our Turn, Inc., nee Students for Education Reform (SFER) $ 2,352,750
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 1,967,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,524,539
Education Evolving $ 1,171,500
The New Teacher Project $ 486,206
Total: $ 71,992,062