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(2015) The Cluff family were charged with 19 indictments including a 2.6 milllion dollar embezzlement and 1 million dollars pocketed that were supposed to be for field trips. The couple profited $626,000 from the school in Houston, Texas in the 2013-2014 school year.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Houston-charter-school-leaders-accused-of-6389601.php
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Three inter-connected charter school networks will remain open despite having payments and loans totaling at least $17 million to a company owned by a charter’s high ranking official.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/HISD-charter-schools-to-stay-open-despite-13743332.php
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Talks about the lack of quality that can be found at these charter schools. Has the students talk about the conditions. Explains how Southwest Key is benefitting from these schools.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/us/southwest-key-schools.html
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(2016) Charter school (Prime Prep) closes due to financial mismanagement. Ron Price, former DISD school board member was hired to turn the school around, but he was unable to do so because people involved were untruthful from the beginning. Lots of info on the host of problems this school had due to mismanagement from the beginning. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/news/2016/02/02/the-spectacular-collapse-of-prime-prep-academy
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(2018) This article isn't all about the scandal, but it has a section where it talks about Harmony schools who allegedly funneled money to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However, TEA dismissed the claims in 2016. The network is unofficially known as the Gulen network.https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/29/manafort-controversy-texas-foreign-lobbying-disclosure/
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(2018) Talks about how a charter school in North Texas and many charter schools across the state with high Black and Latino enrollment consistently do worse than other charters and traditional public schools.
https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-area-charter-schools-fare-poorly-in-statewide-rankings-for-black-and-latino-students-10706614
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(2018) Talks about how state funds from Texas help fund charters in Arizona.
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2018/05/11/basis-arizona-charter-school-tax-public-money-funding-expand-texas-dc/401516002/
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(2018) School in Shelby County asked kids to list the positives of slavery.
https://chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2018/04/19/a-charter-school-led-by-former-mayor-willie-herenton-announces-it-will-close/
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Honors Academy Charter School District remained open, teaching students, when it was ordered to close its doors because of its low-performance.https://www.governing.com/topics/education/texas-orders-low-performing-charter-schools-to-close.html
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(2018) KIPP co-founder Mike Feinburg is accused of sexaul assualt. Laura and John Arnold Foundation made a personal donation to Feinburg's Texas School Venture Fund.
https://www.insidesources.com/controversy-follows-funding-behind-kipp-co-founders-charter-school-venture/
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(2018) Charters are allowed to skip disclosures for contracts made by public entitities, even though they receieve public money.https://texasmonitor.org/charter-schools-allowed-to-skip-disclosure-on-major-contracts/
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(2016) YES Prep! principal in Houston was arrested for cocaine possession. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/charter-schools-break-the_b_10500448
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(2014) Charters don't have any lunch programs. Contains parent stories about charter school experiences.
https://cloakinginequity.com/2014/06/08/parent-horror-stories-from-basis-corporate-charter-hurting-children/
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(2009) KIPP accused of excessive punishment on students in Fulton County. KIPP in Fresno is accused of the same. http://bigeducationape.blogspot.com/2010/05/charter-school-scandals-kipp-south.html
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(2016) 700 charters investigated in Texas for possible cheating.https://www.propublica.org/article/americas-most-outrageous-teacher-cheating-scandals
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(2017) KIPP charter ranked 4th best high school in NYC didn't exist.
https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/4th-best-high-school-in-new-york-is-a-kipp-school-that-doesnt-exist/
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