Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wish I had a nickle for every CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS

New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School

The Perimeter Primate at CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS - 5 hours ago
*“Oprah-Backed Charter School Denying Disabled Collides with Law.” *Bloomberg News, Sep 20, 2011 When talk-show host Oprah Winfrey handed a $1 million check last September to the principal of New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy, 200 students watched the broadcast from a church and celebrated with a brass band. Lawrence Melrose, a ninth-grader with learning and emotional disabilities, sat next door in a school office. The staff was concerned his fighting and cursing could be an embarrassment, said Shelton Joseph, his great uncle. Because he has trouble communicating, Lawre... more »

Gulen charter schools in Missouri

The Perimeter Primate at CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS - 6 hours ago
*STATE* *# ACTIVE* *# PENDING * *# INACTIVE* * *TOTAL* MO 3 0 0 3 * Denied, withdrawn, closed, or unknown status ================================================================== *SCHOOLS* ================================================================== *FRONTIER** SCHOOL** OF EXCELLENCE* (formerly Brookside-Frontier Math and Science School) *Status* *ACTIVE*, opened 2007-2008 *Management* Millenium Education Foundation, in partnership with the Cosmos Foundation *Authorizer* University of Missouri – Kansas City *Location* 5605 Troost Ave., Kansas City *Website* http://www.kcfse.o... more »

Career Academic Technical Academy

The Perimeter Primate at CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS - 6 hours ago
*“APS board revokes charter school's license." * (NM), 9/21/2011 Albuquerque Public Schools school board voted Wednesday evening to revoke a charter school's license after an audit showed the principal violated policy by hiring family members. The audit said Career Academic and Technology Academy Charter School Principal Glee Hare hired her brother and son and said the governing board contracted a deal with another one of her sons. Attorneys for the Career Academic and Technology Academy charter school defended the hires and said certain nepotism regulations were not in ef... more »

Balere Language Academy

The Perimeter Primate at CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS - 3 days ago
*“Charter school in adult-club scandal has money woes; A party promoterthat has been scheduling boozy bashes at a troubled Miami-Dade charter schoolhas ties to the school’s principal, records show.”* The Miami Herald (FL), 0/13/2011 The “Push It To Da Limit: The Flossin Edition” late-night party is still scheduled to go off Saturday night — but it won’t be at a South Miami-Dade charter school, as previously advertised. Miami-Dade School District officials on Friday were still trying to determine whether the Balere Language Academy — a charter school already facing financial free-... more »


A compilation of news articles about charter schools which have been charged with, or are highly suspected of, tampering with admissions, grades, attendance and testing; misuse of funds and embezzlement; engaging in nepotism and conflicts of interest; engaging in complicated and shady real estate deals; and/or have been engaging in other questionable, unethical, borderline-legal, or illegal activities. This is also a record of charter school instability and other unsavory tidbits.
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Sharon Higgins has been a public school parent in Oakland, California since 1993, where she has watched her daughters’ schools cope with NCLB’s stigmatizing label of ‘failing’ for many years. In addition, her school district was subjected to six years of the ‘business model’ of education reform as implemented by graduates of the Broad Superintendents Academy during a state takeover. These two negative experiences provoked Sharon’s involvement in education issues. Previously, she worked as a critical care nurse, stay-at-home mom, and parent coordinator at her local middle school. Today, Sharon volunteers at school, serves on a district-level committee, conducts independent research about school issues, and blogs at thePerimeter PrimateCharter School Scandals, and The Broad ReportEmail Sharon

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