NEWARK — Bobby and Troy Shanks saw the handwriting on the wall last year with the Adelaide L. Sanford Charter School in Newark when federal officials filed a lawsuit against the school...The embattled charter school, opened in 2007 by longtime activist Fredrica Bey, had been on probation for more than a year. The school is also facing a complaint by the U.S. Attorney’s office which contends Bey took $345,325 in federal grant money earmarked for programs to keep "at-risk" youths off of the streets and instead used it used it to pay bills for the Women In Support of the Million Man March, a non-profit community group she started in 1995.
“With Adelaide L. Sanford Charter School closing, Newark families must move on.” The Star-Ledger (NJ), 6/25/2013
“Atlanta school board considers own police force.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA), 1/14/2013
“... The board on Monday also decided the fate of Atlanta Preparatory Academy, voting 8-1 (Byron Amos dissenting) to follow Davis’ recommendation not to renew the charter of the school. APS executive director of innovation Allen Mueller told the board the school has underperformed academically and has financial problems.According to Mueller, the K-8 school with about 450 students ranks in the bottom 20 percent of schools statewide in academic performance; its enrollment is 45 percent lower than originally projected; and it owes $801,384 to for-profit education management company Mosaica Education, Inc.
"Case of Boys Prep shows charter schools face same startup challenges." The City Paper (TN), 6/21/2013
Dozens of students have left the school. Parents have accused the executive director of assaulting two students. And although the year-end test scores have yet to be released, school leaders say they won’t be pretty...Rivalries within the leadership at the school shifted attention from the kids in the building to the adults in the boardroom. Meanwhile, handling the school’s 100 seventh-grade boys — a third of whom have some form of learning disability — proved tougher than the founders fathomed...The Boys Prep board also began hemorrhaging members. In the charter’s short history, 18 people have left the board, some of whom said they felt forced out or were exhausted from dealing with the school’s internal politics.
“Manatee charter school scheduled to close.” News 13 (FL), 4/21/2013
MANATEE COUNTY -- About 100 Manatee County students will need to find a new school for next year.After 13 years, the Bradenton Charter School is closing.Karen Carpenter Chair of the Manatee County School board said the school is closing because the school failed to meet standards particularly in the area of curriculum and governance.
“Brooklyn Charter School Targets Rich, White Parents, Enrollment Plan Shows.” DNAinfo.com (NY), 4/23/2013
BROOKLYN — If you want to be a citizen of the world, it helps to be rich.Though it's moving into a school where more than 90 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch, the controversial Los Angeles-based Citizens of the World Charter school is actively recruiting affluent families for its first year in Crown Heights, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.
“South Euclid man indicted on money laundering charges involving Cleveland charter school.” The News-Herald (OH), 8/11/2013
Ten people, including a South Euclid man, from 13 companies were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges relating to the operation of a Cleveland charter high school.Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said the 32-count indictment included charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft by deception, money laundering and unlawful interest in a public contract.
“DaVinci Charter School in Garden City to close Friday, impacting 130 students, 18 staff.” Idaho Statesman (ID), 2/19/2013
Due to a budget shortfall, a charter school that has been operating in Garden City since the fall of 2006 will close its doors on Friday, school officials said.
“Former da Vinci Institute teacher sentenced to five to 20 years inprison.” MLive.com (MI), 8/22/2012
JACKSON, MI – A former da Vinci Institute teacher is going to prison for five to 20 years for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
“Bond set for coach accused of student sex assault.” WLS-TV (IL), 1/25/2013
January 25, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Bond has been set at $500,000 for a basketball coach at EPIC Academy Charter School in Chicago accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student he offered a ride home.
“Charter school has day in court today to fight closure by school board.” The Palm Beach Post, 5/13/2013
“West Palm Beach charter school appeals closure decision.” The Palm Beach Post (FL), 3/27/2013
A West Palm Beach charter school that the Palm Beach School District is trying to close has appealed, arguing the school district has no right to shut its doors because the district didn’t do enough to help the school...
“Imagine School fight ends; principal to leave.” Herald-Tribune (FL), 5/9/2013
NORTH PORT - The agreement came at 1 a.m. Thursday for the two sides fighting for Imagine School at North Port after nearly 16 hours of talks...It was an ending to the charter's contentious legal fight, which began in February when the North Port school tried to fire its parent company and become independent...In February, Matthews and the local officials complained about paying hefty management fees with public tax dollars every year to the nonprofit company. The board voted to break off from Imagine Schools — one of the largest charter school companies in the nation — and run its own school, a move that the corporation viewed as a coup détat.
“Former teacher to stand trial for sex abuse of student.” ABC4 (UT), 5/14/2013
FARMINGTON Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A high school teacher will stand trial for sexually abusing a student.Steve Niedzwiecki was fired from his teaching position at a charter school in West Haven...
“Lee Alternative Charter shuts down in Lehigh.” Lehigh Acres Citizen (FL), 1/9/2013
Most of the 149 students at the Lee Alternative Charter School, off of Taylor Lane in Lehigh Acres, are in classes in other schools in Fort Myers this week.The students and their parents were forced to find other schools because the Lehigh school, which was owned by Richard Milburn Academy Schools of Southwest Florida, was forced to close due to financial problems.
“Former Legacy principal: Charter violated procedure.” Idaho Press-Tribune (ID), 3/14/2013
NAMPA — Former Legacy Charter School co-principal and teacher Monika Gangwer said she was fired after she blew the whistle on an effort to jump a student ahead on a post-lottery waiting list.
“Georgia file connects Twin Cities charter school, fraud scheme.” Star Tribune (MN), 3/22/2013
When the news broke last summer that charter school entrepreneur Eric Mahmoud had entered a guilty plea to a mortgage fraud charge in Georgia, Mahmoud had a ready comeback for the Minneapolis school district, under whose authorization he was opening another charter school.“I assure you that this was a personal, residential matter in Georgia and had nothing to do with Seed Daycare, Harvest Prep or any other educational institution,” Mahmoud told Sara Paul, the district’s liaison with charter schools, in an Aug. 16 e-mail.In that case, Mahmoud has some explaining to do.
“Milwaukee educator Ronn Johnson faces new child sex abuse charges.” Journal Sentinel (WI), 8/12/2013
An ex-charter school leader in Milwaukee now faces 23 criminal charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of five children of varying ages from 1991 through last month, according to a revised criminal complaint filed Monday.
“Charter school teacher accused of molesting student.” KOCO (OK), 2/26/2013
OKLAHOMA CITY —A teacher at a charter school in Oklahoma City has been accused of molesting a 14-year-old student, according to court documents.Pascal Wayne Jones, 42, of Edmond, has been charged with 10 counts of forcible oral sodomy, five counts of rape by instrumentation and 10 counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 years old.
“School principal avoids jail sentence in assault on reporter, police.” Reporters Committee for Fredom of the Press, 11/3/1997
WASHINGTON, D.C.--A Washington, D.C. charter school principal was sentenced in mid-October to two years' probation for assaulting a Washington Times reporter and two D.C. police officers.
“Algiers school coach, accused of statutory rape, now faces more serious allegation.” The Times-Picayune (LA), 2/6/2013
An Algiers elementary school coach accused last week of the statutory rape of a student is now facing a more serious allegation. Police suspect that Frank Norris, 23, began abusing the unidentified student in April 2010, when she was 11 and in the sixth grade
“Charter Founder Profits; Students Struggle.” East Atlanta Patch (GA), 12/11/2012
From its headquarters one block south of Wall Street, Mosaica Education claims to operate with a simple mission: “To empower students to learn and achieve – every child, every day.”This for-profit charter management company was founded in 1997 by Sandy Springs resident Gene Eidelman and has since expanded to a network of 90 schools, generating more than $125M in annual revenue. For several years, Inc. Magazine has ranked Mosaica as one of the fastest growing companies in urban America.[i]Unfortunately, students attending schools managed by Mosaica have not seen their educational trajectories rise with the management company’s revenue. Instead, Mosaica’s students around the country consistently underperform their peers...
“New Designs Charter School teacher awaits arraignment on molestation charges.” KABC (CA), 4/27/2013
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An arraignment date has been set for the New Designs Charter School teacher accused of molesting three girls.
“Hutchinson student sex plea.” KNUJ (MN), 6/19/2013
A former staff member at a Hutchinson charter school accused of having sex with students has pleaded guilty to 2 counts of criminal sexual conduct.
“Military academy’s background check didn’t turn up employee’s prior theft charge.” The Lens (LA), 4/23/2013
The man police are investigating for theft and fraud involving $31,000 in school funds has been accused of taking public education dollars before.
As public funding for Chicago charter schools increases, so do questions about accountability and governance within these publicly-funded–but privately-run–institutions.
“Former charter school administrator arrested.” KTNV Las Vegas (NV), 4/9/2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man at the center of a Contact 13 investigation is facing charges that he defrauded the state and stole $1.3 million tax dollars all under the guise of education.
“Ex-principal pleads guilty to sexually abusing former student.” Deseret News (UT), 4/2/2013
HEBER CITY — A former charter school principal pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing a former male student.
“STEAM Academy of Winston-Salem relinquishes charter.” Winston-Salem Journal (NC), 4/4/2013
... The State Board of Education on Thursday accepted the voluntary relinquishment of the operating charter that allowed the STEAM Academy of Winston-Salem to operate.The Winston-Salem school has seen its enrollment plunge by more than 70 percent over the last seven years while the school's debts skyrocketed. Its operators are voluntarily giving up the charter.Last month, it was reported that the school's general fund was more than $700,000 in debt. Reports from as far back as April 2011 show the school was in financial trouble.
“Fort Mill woman accused of having sex with student.” WSOCTV (NC), 9/12/2013
MONROE, N.C. A Union Academy Charter School teacher accused of having sex with a student was arrested Thursday afternoon.
“Pinellas: Students are leaving new charter school voluntarily.” Tampa Bay Times (FL), 9/11/2013
... Dot Clark, the partnership schools coordinator for Pinellas, said that 23 children had been withdrawn from University Prep since the school year started.
“Idaho Charter School Principal Resigns Following Burglary Arrest.” Boise Weekly (ID), 7/24/2012