From Scathing Purple Musings
* A May Miami Herald
report found that schools in the Academica charter school network were “double-dipping” federal grant money
. The state’s agency chief, once a close associate of Academica, found no wrong doing
as the federal government “let states exercise discretion in determining when schools are distinct.”
* Orlando Sentinel
reporter Lauren Roth had a December story detailing the outrageous payouts of close to $1 million
that were made to the principal and her husband after the Orange county charter school closed.
* The sordid affair that was Miami’s Belare Language Academy came to an end in foreclosure earlier this month
. Parents had reported that adult-themed parties were being held after hours at the facility. They became suspicious when they would arrive with their children in the morning and see empty beer cans everywhere and the building would smell of stale cigarette smoke.
* Of 36 school failures in Florida this year 15 were from charter schools
. None of the failing charter schools were Title One schools or those which have high percentage of impoverished kids.
* A principal, teacher and employee at a Miami charter school
were suspended in April for suspected “opening sealed test booklets, taking handwritten notes on the questions and distributing “study guides” to teachers.” Two Palm Beach county charter schools
were also investigated for FCAT cheating.