Atlanta Charter Fraudster Chris Clemons was an MIT Featured Attraction in 2007
In the summer of 2015, the board of the Latin Academy Charter School (Atlanta)reported that over $600,000 was missing from school accounts.
In April 2016, the school’s founder and leader, Chris Clemons, was arrested in his hometown of Denver and sent back to Atlanta to face charges not only related to the missing $600,000+ from Latin Academy Charter, but also for $350,000+ missing from two other Fulton County (Ga.) schools formerly overseen by Clemons.
Clemons apparently ripped off his own schools to the tune of roughly one million dollars.
However, in September 2007, when Clemons was enrolled at MIT for his MBA and featured in this News@MITSloan article, entitled, “Back to School for Schools,” no one would have guessed that less than a decade later, the same guy would be facing charges for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money entrusted to him for the education of hundreds of Georgia students.
Below are excerpts that read ironic in 2016 from the 2007 MIT feature on Clemons:
Chris Clemons was stunned when he learned that authorities often plan prison space based on how well kids read in the fourth grade. The 28-year-old earned a political science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and had aspirations of law school, until he discovered that his real calling in life was advocating for impoverished children in urban areas. “I knew I was going to go into education. I wanted to have an impact,” he says.To boost his teaching experience and see how the other half lived, he took as a job as a middle school teacher at the Germantown Friends School, a poshAtlanta Charter Fraudster Chris Clemons was an MIT Featured Attraction in 2007 | deutsch29: