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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 8, 2022
New Hampshire: 8 out of 10 Failing High Schools Are Charter Schools | Dissident Voice
Low-performing charter schools in the U.S. are nothing new, they are everywhere. Recently, for example, 25% of charter schools in Duval County, Florida received a D or F, while 70% of North Carolina’s 200+ charter schools received a C or lower. In addition, more than 50% of the 65 charter schools in New Orleans are
Source: dissidentvoice.org

November 16, 2022
Local charter schools share teachers as shortage continues
Tuesday night we learned about two St. Louis charter schools that are leaning on each other for help.
Source: www.ksdk.com

November 3, 2022
'Hallelujah': Kidnapping victims of former CT charter schools leader praise jury's quick verdict
A Hartford jury convicted Michael Sharpe, a former Connecticut charter school executive, of eight counts of kidnapping after 30 minutes of deliberations.
Source: www.ctinsider.com

October 15, 2022
A Harpswell charter school will close at the end of the school year
The Maine Charter School Commission voted not to renew the Harpswell Coastal Academy's charter, pointing to enrollment, finance and academic challenges.
Source: www.mainepublic.org

October 7, 2022
Alabama charter school misspent $311,000 on plane tickets, gift cards and massages, state audit finds
Birmingham’s Legacy Prep Charter School misspent or did not accurately track $311,517 in spending, over the course of two years, a state audit recently found. Some of that money was from public funds.
Source: www.al.com

October 5, 2022
Former Concord Charter School Founder, Trustee To Pay $80K Settlement
Founder Stephanie Alicea and trustee Caroletta Alicea of the Capital City Public Charter School reached the agreement in bankruptcy court.
Source: patch.com

October 1, 2022
Utah students protested body-shaming after homecoming dress code. Now their teacher is calling them a ‘mob.’
A teacher at a Utah charter school chastised students for protesting a dress code they felt body-shamed girls at their homecoming dance.
Source: www.sltrib.com

October 1, 2022
Audit of charter school program finds big problems - The Washington Post
Around half of all charter schools that grantees promised to open never did. There are other findings, as well.
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

September 26, 2022
Students upset after nearly 60 girls kicked out of homecoming dance over dress code
SPANISH FORK, Utah (KUTV) — ...The classmates feel strongly, however, that the administration crossed a line while enforcing the dress code and body-shamed many of the girls.
Source: kutv.com

September 23, 2022
'Devastated': Weeks after opening, Red Hills Academy charter school set to close
Citing low enrollment and processing issues, Leon County's latest charter school is already expecting to close.
Source: www.tallahassee.com

September 9, 2022
Judge grants legal victory to polygamist charter school in West Valley
Vanguard is a charter school run by and for students of the Kingston family, known as “The Order.”
Source: kutv.com

September 2, 2022
Parents call Cleveland charter school 'chaotic' and 'dysfunctional' amid teacher shortage
A group of parents and teachers are alarmed and calling for help after the first weeks of students being back in classrooms at Lakeshore Intergenerational School, a non-profit charter school in Collinwood.
Source: www.wksu.org

August 29, 2022
‘I feel lost’: Families at two Philly charters scramble to find new schools after closure plans were announced
“What am I supposed to do? It’s a few days before school starts,” grandparent Gwendolyn Mills said. Her grandchildren were supposed to attend Daroff Charter School, which closed abruptly.
Source: www.inquirer.com

August 25, 2022
NC charter school managed by national for-profit firm cited for failure to serve students with disabilities | NC Policy Watch
State officials say Cary's Cardinal Charter Academy must offer compensatory education to children denied special education services
Source: ncpolicywatch.com

August 24, 2022
Polygamy charter school ordered to remove entire school board
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (KUTV) — In a dramatic move, the Utah State Charter School Board ordered Vanguard Academy to replace all seven members of its school board. In addition, the USBE will appoint a temporary director to work with the current director.
Source: kjzz.com

August 22, 2022
Attorney General Candidate Palfrey Condemn Racists Incident at Mystic Valley Charter School
MALDEN – Yesterday, August 19, former Assistant Attorney General Quentin Palfrey condemned the racist incident involving a Muslim student that occurred at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden. The student was sent home for wearing a hijab to school.
Source: framinghamsource.com

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

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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