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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, 2024
A charter school in Las Vegas faces closure if more than $800K in taxpayer funds are not repaid
A newly opened Las Vegas charter school is facing allegations of misuse of taxpayer funds and could close if the money isn't paid back, documents said.
Source: www.8newsnow.com

March 29, 2024
Epic schools founders never reported millions on tax returns
An auditor from the state testified that Epic Charter Schools’ co-founders never claimed on tax returns $144 million in student Learning Funds they now contend were their "private funds." #oklaed
Source: tulsaworld.com

March 27, 2024
Research from pro-charter school group makes case for halting the approval of new charters
Data from new Fordham Institute research indicates that charter schools consistently underperform traditional schools in reading and math
Source: ncnewsline.com

March 22, 2024
Parents Accuse Diddy's Charter School of Being Violent and Dysfunctional Place for Kids
A recent report from 'The Cut' reveals numerous issues with the East Harlem charter school Capital Prep.
Source: www.complex.com

March 12, 2024
State Charter Schools Review Board declines to renew charter for Gaston County school
The state Charter Schools Review Board on Monday voted unanimously to not renew the charter of Ridgeview Charter School in Gastonia due to poor academic performance. Ridgeview is a K-9 school that serves some of Gaston County’s poorest children.
Source: ncnewsline.com

February 29, 2024
Five people charged with defrauding the Arizona ESA program
Five people are being accused of fraudulently receiving money from the Arizona ESA program by creating "ghost students" through fake birth certificates.
Source: www.abc15.com

February 27, 2024
Hmong College Prep teacher charged with sexual abuse of student
The school asked any student or family member with concerns about the former teacher to contact them or law enforcement.
Source: www.twincities.com

February 27, 2024
In dozens of Minnesota schools, entire classes are failing to meet minimum state standards - Minnesota Reformer
Most are public charter schools ... Most of the schools with extremely high failure rates — 59 of the 78 — are public charter schools [ed note: There are about 180 charter schools in MN and about 2,500 public schools. So 59 out of 180 charters have extremely low scores, and 19 out of 2,500 public schools have them]
Source: minnesotareformer.com

January 29, 2024
Exeter charter school closing amid investigation into alleged fraud and embezzlement
Families in the Seacoast rallied around the alternative school when it opened in 2022, but some say they saw warning signs of mismanagement early on.
Source: www.nhpr.org

January 26, 2024
New info on multi-million dollar education fraud after recent charter school-related indictment
Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana released more information about a recent indictment brought forward in a multi-million dollar education-related fraud scheme.
Source: fox59.com

January 25, 2024
Virtual charter school trio federally indicted
INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana alleges that three operators of a pair of virtual charter schools defrauded the state of Indiana for tens of millions of dollars by inflating the number of students learning from home sitting before keyboards. From 2016-2019, the federal indictment claims that Thomas Stoughton, Phillip […]
Source: fox59.com

January 25, 2024
Former leaders of virtual schools face federal charges tied to alleged enrollment scam
The operators of Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy are accused of inflating enrollment numbers and in some cases using state funds for personal purchases.
Source: www.chalkbeat.org

January 9, 2024
Rochester charter schools discuss mediation with bank in January hearing
Documents estimate that the Rochester Math and Science Academy has between $1 and 10 million in assets, but between $10 and 50 million in liabilities.
Source: www.kaaltv.com

January 6, 2024
Financial crisis leads to sudden shuttering of JJ Legacy [CHARTER] School
In an emergency school board meeting, families and staff learned that “there is no more money” and the school would need to close January 12. Parents will have just one week to find new schools for kids.
Source: sahanjournal.com

January 5, 2024
Colorado charter schools need more transparency and accountability - Colorado Newsline
Colorado law governing charter school operations is inadequate to ensure full transparency for the public funding of the schools.
Source: coloradonewsline.com

January 1, 2024
School bells going silent in Clarkfield first time since pioneer days in western Minnesota town
The small community's charter school has made the decision to close as enrollment declines, leaving the community without an operating school for the first time since pioneer days.
Source: www.wctrib.com

December 21, 2023
Rochester charter schools serving Somali children declare bankruptcy, leaving future in doubt
Rochester STEM Academy and its counterpart Rochester Math and Science Academy began Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in early December.
Source: www.startribune.com

December 14, 2023
KIPP charter schools to close three under-enrolled campuses, angering some parents
The move is a setback for a largely successful competitor to traditional public schools, which also will have to respond to enrollment declines.
Source: www.latimes.com

December 9, 2023
Burnsville charter school must make reforms after alleged misuse of funds by former officials – Twin Cities
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Friday announced a settlement with Gateway STEM Academy after an investigation by his office found former school leaders steered school money to companies they owned or controlled. 
Source: www.twincities.com

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

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Great MN Schools $ 33,587,921
Teach for America Twin Cities $ 12,805,105
Minnesota Comeback CLOSED $ 11,139,019
Hiawatha Academies $ 11,095,449
KIPP Minnesota $ 7,093,764
Advancing Equity Coalition $ 6,349,594
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 6,069,789
Ed Allies $ 5,924,154
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 4,946,913
Charter School Partners CLOSED $ 4,871,464
Center of the American Experiment $ 4,291,071
MinnCAN CLOSED $ 4,155,592
Harvest Preparatory Charter School CLOSED $ 3,099,438
Our Turn, Inc., nee Students for Education Reform (SFER) $ 2,768,250
Education Evolving $ 2,565,750
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 2,250,260
Harvest Network of Schools CLOSED $ 1,692,256
The New Teacher Project $ 1,526,206
Minnesota Parent Union $ 1,199,340
Total: $ 127,431,335