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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:

June 21, 2021
Messy Watkins Academy audit includes $31,896 in findings for recovery
Columbus – Auditor of State Keith Faber’s Office has released the 2016, 2017, and 2018 financial audit of Watkins Academy, a charter school in Montg
Source: highlandcountypress.com

June 21, 2021
Why Are Federal Funds Flowing to "White Flight" Privatized Charter Schools and Contributing to the Re-segregation of Education?
Source: buzzflash.com

June 18, 2021
San Diego charter school shutters doors
Suncoast Academy struggled for years with compliance issues
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

June 18, 2021
To replace Cedar Riverside Community School, first find out why it failed. Here’s what we discovered
Cedar Riverside Community School, a charter school serving primarily Somali and East African students in Minneapolis’ Riverside Plaza, is closing. The Minnesota Department of Education says anyone hoping to replace it would first have to find out what went wrong. Here’s what we found.
Source: sahanjournal.com

June 14, 2021
Charter commission flags finances at four schools
Monticello Montessori Charter, Peace Valley Charter, Bingham Academy and The Village Charter each received notices of fiscal concern Thursday.
Source: www.idahoednews.org

June 12, 2021
Former charter school operator owes nearly $1 million, New Orleans school district says in suit
The Orleans Parish public school district has sued the nonprofit organization that ran Mary D. Coghill Charter School for years until its charter was canceled, claiming the organization's board misappropriated
Source: www.nola.com

June 11, 2021
St. Paul charter school's illegal investment spurs call for moratorium
Critics say accountability is lacking.
Source: www.startribune.com

June 9, 2021
St. Paul charter school loses $4.3M with illegal investment in New Jersey hedge fund – Twin Cities
Source: www.twincities.com

June 5, 2021
Audit confirms findings of FOX 13 investigation into public school with ties to polygamous sect
The Utah State Charter School Board is following up on a FOX 13 investigation into a public school that has ties to a polygamous religious group.
Source: www.fox13now.com

June 4, 2021
Inside a bruising battle over a new charter school on Nashville’s west side – Tennessee Lookout
The proposed new Nashville Classical Charter School in affluent West Nashville has stirred up echoes of a brutal public education battle.
Source: tennesseelookout.com

June 2, 2021
Monticello board chair resigns amid investigation
Ken Glodo gave no reason for the decision, which accompanies a months-long probe into his charter school’s finances by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.
Source: www.idahoednews.org

May 28, 2021
Former charter school executive director indicted for theft, records show – FOX13 News Memphis
A former Memphis charter school executive has been indicted for theft. Dr. Tamika Carwell-Richmond is charged with two counts of Theft over $2,500, two counts of Forgery over $2,500, and one count of forgery under $2,500.
Source: www.fox13memphis.com

May 24, 2021
2nd Orange charter school accused of wrongly trying to boost state funding
UCP of Central Florida denies it altered student education plans for "fiscal gain." But the agency that helps children with disabilities said it is reviewing its operations. Orange County Public Schools also is investigating.
Source: www.orlandosentinel.com

May 22, 2021
House leadership moving forward with multicounty grand jury recommendations from Epic Charter Schools investigation
A proposal for new safeguards and greater transparency requirements for virtual charter schools could come down to the wire, as the Legislature could adjourn as early as Wednesday. #oklaed
Source: www.kpvi.com

May 19, 2021
Inside a charter school's collapse: Records reveal decade of problems
Once lauded for providing an education to children in a historically underserved Somali immigrant community in Minneapolis, one of the oldest charter schools in Minnesota and the nation is now expected to shut down next month...
Source: kstp.com

May 14, 2021
Broken Promises: An Analysis of Charter School Closures From 1999 - 2017 - Network For Public Education
The charter sector has a systemic failure problem. Our analysis documents just how serious that problem is.
Source: networkforpubliceducation.org

May 11, 2021
Minneapolis charter school and nonprofit leaders debate closing school--without including Somali parents.
Instead of an open meeting, Cedar Riverside Community School and Pillsbury United Communities held a closed “informal hearing” this week. Somali parents have expressed confusion about whether the public charter school will close and where their children will go in the fall.
Source: sahanjournal.com

May 11, 2021
At one Nevada charter school, more than 40% of teachers are substitutes
Elementary school students at Mater Academy’s Bonanza campus have a 50-50 chance of having a teacher who is properly licensed as an educator. For first graders, there is no chance.
Source: www.nevadacurrent.com

May 8, 2021
Bay Area charter school faces closure over lack of diversity
Bullis Charter School could close next year unless it proves to the Santa Clara County board of education that it will enroll more students from underrepresented groups.
Source: www.mercurynews.com

May 7, 2021
‘Ripe for fraud’: Multicounty Grand Jury releases interim report on Epic Charter Schools investigation
The multicounty grand jury investigating Epic Charter Schools has released an interim report of its findings following the state's audit report against the school.
Source: kfor.com

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MN EDUCATION REFORM CORE

Teach for America $ 10,220,450
Great MN Schools $ 9,260,000
Minnesota Comeback $ 8,814,019
Hiawatha Academies $ 8,299,958
KIPP Minnesota $ 5,356,544
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 3,302,313
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 3,192,289
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Our Turn, Inc., nee Students for Education Reform (SFER) $ 2,352,750
Ed Allies $ 2,186,000
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 1,717,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,524,539
Education Evolving $ 1,171,500
The New Teacher Project $ 416,206
Total: $ 69,940,062