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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:

August 14, 2022
Charter school tied to Sheriff Bob Fletcher won't open this fall
Ramsey County officials have challenged Fletcher’s use of department resources on the school
Source: www.twincities.com

August 11, 2022
NOLA Public Schools accuses KIPP of violating discipline policies, special education laws
The NOLA Public Schools district has accused KIPP New Orleans Schools, the city’s largest charter school operator, of suspending or expelling multiple students at three of its schools without due process or proper parental notification, allegedly violating state law and Louisiana Department of Education policy.
Source: thelensnola.org

August 9, 2022
Minnesota AG issues new demands in its investigation of Hmong College Prep investment scandal
Hmong Prep confirmed with 5 INVESTIGATES that it received what's known as a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) nearly a year into the Attorney General's investigation of the school.
Source: kstp.com

August 8, 2022
Leland charter school will appeal dress code lawsuit to US Supreme Court
The owner of Charter Day School described the ruling from the appeals court as disturbing, wrongheaded, and incorrect.
Source: www.starnewsonline.com

August 5, 2022
Osceola County charter academy shut down days before start of school
The academy appealed the termination, tried to raise money and spoke out at school board meetings.
Source: www.wesh.com

July 31, 2022
Judge Upholds Osceola School Board's Termination of Charter School Contract
Judge Lynne Quimby-Pennock issued a 65-page order backing the school board in the dispute with American Classical Charter Academy.
Source: flaglerlive.com

July 29, 2022
'No excuses' charter school magnate, Obama advisor sentenced for stealing $218K from NYC school he founded
An education advisor under former President Barack Obama and the founder of a network of hyper-punitive New York City charter schools was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing more than $218,000 from school accounts.
Source: www.audacy.com

July 9, 2022
I-Team: Police investigate alleged staff theft ring at Las Vegas school
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an alleged theft ring involving staff members at a Las Vegas school after nearly $154,000 was stolen from a program aimed to help students.
Source: www.8newsnow.com

June 29, 2022
State audit determines shuttered online charter school ECOT owes the state more than $117 million
The school was found to have inflated attendance figures to get millions of dollars in state aid.
Source: www.cleveland.com

June 25, 2022
State leaders begin closure protocols for embattled charter school
"It's a process that hasn't been used in a long time, and hopefully won't be used for a long time to come, but we are working to protect student and taxpayer interests as best we can," one state charter school leader said.
Source: www.idahoednews.org

June 24, 2022
Epic Co-Founders, Former CFO Arrested on Embezzlement, Racketeering Charges
Epic Charter Schools’ founders, who were arrested Thursday, shifted millions of school dollars to company credit cards, which were used to make political campaign donations, fund a lobbyist and pay personal expenses like vacations, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation alleges in court documents.
Source: oklahomawatch.org

June 22, 2022
Oklahoma charter school facing more allegations of misusing state funds | National News | kpvi.com
(The Center Square) - Epic Charter Schools is accused of fudging attendance records to receive thousands of dollars in state funds and of improperly handing out millions in bonuses, according
Source: www.kpvi.com

June 16, 2022
North Carolina charter school's skirt requirement for girls unconstitutional, court rules
A North Carolina charter school's requirement that girls wear skirts based on the view that they are "fragile vessels" deserving of "gentle" treatment by boys is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
Source: www.reuters.com

June 14, 2022
In One of the Largest Charter School Scams in History, No One Will Serve Jail Time
The ringleaders and others behind a scam that raided millions of dollars from the state will not spend a single day behind bars. Here’s where their pleas and sentences stand.
Source: voiceofsandiego.org

June 6, 2022
Florida principal brought loaded guns into school: report
Castro brought a closed box containing two firearms into the school; they were found unattended by officials in a locked room, the station reported.
Source: nypost.com

June 3, 2022
KUOW - 'Where is the accountability?' for WA's largest charter school chain, ask parents and staff
...accountability is lacking for the state’s largest charter school chain, Impact Public Schools, staff and parents told KUOW, and the students most affected are also the schools’ most vulnerable.
Source: www.kuow.org

June 1, 2022
Wahiawa charter school under investigation after receiving multiple parent complaints
Some Kamalani Academy parents said the school is reneging on a promise to let the students keep distance-learning technology devices.
Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

May 27, 2022
NC officials OK closing charter school for 'financial irregularities'
Raleigh, N.C. — One of the longest-operating North Carolina charter schools will relinquish its charter, after finding financial irregularities.
Source: www.wral.com

May 27, 2022
KUOW - A Seattle area charter school’s controversial approach to holding students back
Baionne Coleman, a former Impact administrator, said its policy of sending grade-holdback letters was connected to funding.
Source: www.kuow.org

May 25, 2022
KUOW - A charter school chain promised a world-class education. Instead they billed the state and let kids ‘sit there quietly’
Meanwhile, records from the state schools office show Impact Public Schools has billed the state more than $857,000 in the last four years for funding for English language programming. But teachers told KUOW that English language instruction is essentially nonexistent.
Source: www.kuow.org

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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