We shared an article telling us what most 99% of US citizens know----DETROIT had every bit of wealth and asset drained from its city coffers just as has Baltimore City by the same global banking institutions and fraudulent and corrupt Detroit City Hall as Baltimore City Hall.
Detroit and Baltimore share the same ROBBER BARON fleecing of our Federal public K-university pushed by the same far-right wing global banking institutions. Kilpatrick as a former mayor actually convicted of fraud and corruption we KNOW fill every US city deemed Foreign Economic Zone-----left behind a legacy of killing Detroit's public school system after these few decades of fleecing public school funds sending these schools to decay. He wasn't charged with aiding and abetting crimes of misappropriation of Federal funds from community schools to EDUCATION CORPORATIONS---but of personal embezzlement of public water.
A 'Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift
By KATE ZERNIKEJUNE 28, 2016'
'The hearing coincides with Kilpatrick’s renewed quest to have his 28-year prison sentence and conviction overturned, according to a court filing Monday.
Kilpatrick originally was ordered to pay $4,584,423 in restitution to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department but that amount was reduced by an appellate court. Prosecutors have argued the new restitution amount should be $1.6 million'.
Below we see the former Baltimore mayor that started the ball rolling to declining and decaying public K-university----SCHMOKE. Now , the mediation role tied to SCHMOKE is designed to keep the appearance of equal opportunity is privatizing all Baltimore Public Schools away with corporate charters. These few decades were the 5% PATRONAGE years where global banking 1% PRETENDS small business education charters have opportunity when that is not the goal of MOVING FORWARD. Detroit and its sea of charter schools gone bad is to where Baltimore is now being allowed to move. All to channel Federal education funding to 5% players.
REMEMBER---THERE IS NO INTENT OF HAVING ANY SMALL BUSINESS CHARTER SCHOOLS---THEY WILL ALL BE PUSHED TO GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUS SCHOOLS.
Sun: Schmoke leaves charter-school mediator role
Brandon Weigel Baltimore Sun
Kurt Schmoke, the former mayor and current president of the University of Baltimore, has informed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office he will no longer act as an intermediary in the charter-school funding debate, according to a report by The Sun's Erica L. Green.
One of Rawlings-Blake's spokespeople, Howard Libit, told The Sun that Schmoke decided "it's no longer a productive process going forward."
"He believes that the parties would probably benefit more from court-ordered mediation instead of the voluntary conversations that he's been trying to facilitate," Libit told The Sun. "The mayor is deeply appreciative of Mayor Schmoke's time and efforts."
Just before 4 p.m., Baltimore City Public Schools released the following statement:
"Today, Baltimore City Public Schools received notification from University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke indicating his conclusion that disagreement between the district and charter school operators over charter school funding 'is more likely to be resolved through court ordered mediation than the voluntary process which we have been discussing.'
"In light of the determination that facilitated discussion would not be productive, City Schools will respond to the legal action brought by charter operators representing 13 of the district’s 34 charter schools.
"City Schools' mission is to provide excellence in education for all students. Despite the resources that must now be directed to litigation, the district will continue its work to ensure equitable funding for students regardless of the school they attend and to meet its obligation and responsibility to provide fiscal sustainability for the district as a whole.
"The district thanks Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and President Schmoke for their diligent efforts and their commitment to our students and schools."
In a discussion with City Paper before today's news, Bobbi McDonald, speaking on behalf of a group of charter schools that had filed a lawsuit against BCPS over its funding formula, said charters felt "hopeful about Kurt Schmoke" after the groups had seemingly reached an impasse.
As The Sun notes in its story on Schmoke's departure, the litigant charters have offered to drop their suit if City Schools opens their books. The school district told Schmoke, according to The Sun, they wanted the suit dropped and an agreement for it not be re-filed in court.
"Letters sent to Schmoke in recent days — obtained by The Baltimore Sun — show that it was unlikely that there would be resolution."
Schmoke in Baltimore set the stage for failing public schools to make way for global corporate K-career school structure for global 1% banking. Here he is setting the stage for moving decisions on local EDUCATION to courts--it started as community mediation---it is pushed to courts. Of course courts will control all Baltimore public schools as all are being privatized---and courts always rule for GLOBAL BANKING CORPORATIONS.
Baltimore is entering the early stages of DETROIT and its small business charter debacle. What WE KNOW about Baltimore and its PATRONAGE economy is that there will be no fair distribution of funding and opportunity because the process is simply designed to move money to 5% white, brown, and black players with the end goal being to push all these small business charters out of business as global education corporations take over.
The distribution of education funds has been chronic and long-term in Baltimore -----the courts are corrupt and will rule for whatever global IVY LEAGUE Johns Hopkins says-----and as in Detroit---the city will be filled with failed small business charters while global education corporations take over the entire public K-university system.
SCHMOKE AND RAWLINGS-BLAKE KNOW THIS----BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL KNOWS THIS-----BALTIMORE EDUCATION COALITION WORKING FOR CORPORATE CHARTERS KNOWS THIS.
This is deregulation of funding for public K-12-----before CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA we saw equal funding to each community school except where corruption was allowed to skew opportunity and access.
Despite Mediation Efforts, Baltimore Charter School Lawsuit Moves Forward
by: Zenitha Prince Senior AFRO Correspondent
/ Students perform yoga at Tunbridge Public Charter School (Courtesy Photo) /
October 7, 2015
Students perform yoga at Tunbridge Public Charter School, one of the 14 schools suing Baltimore City Public Schools over funding. (Courtesy Photo)Several public charter schools filed lawsuits against Baltimore City Public Schools last month, alleging a lack of transparency and equity in the way the system disburses funds. And, though school officials’ withdrawal of a controversial funding proposal and the appointment of former mayor Kurt L. Schmoke as a mediator last week are hopeful signs that a funding agreement can be reached, those legal complaints will move forward, charter officials said.
“It is great that the mayor brought Kurt Schmoke in to help mediate these discussions. I do feel hopeful. But we also need to maintain a strong stance because we’re up against a big bureaucracy and that’s a difficult position to be in,” said Bobbi Macdonald, executive director, City Neighbors Foundation, which operates three public charter schools.
“The lawsuit continues in order to get the school system to provide a level of transparency for parents to know that funds are going to the classroom and not staying at North Avenue [where BCPS’ headquarters are located],” said Steve Kearney, owner of KO Public Affairs and spokesman for the charter schools suing BCPS.
On Sept. 10, nine schools—Afya Public Charter School, Brehms Lane Elementary (which was recently approved as an Afya Baltimore school), City Neighbors Charter School, City Neighbors Hamilton, City Neighbors High School, The Green School of Baltimore, Patterson Park Public Charter School, Southwest Baltimore Charter School, and Tunbridge Public Charter School—filed suits against BCPS. Since then, two more schools, KIPP Harmony Academy and KIPP Ujima Village Academy, have joined. In all, the plaintiffs represent a combined student body of 5,177 children.
The complaints were the culmination of longstanding disputes since a 2007 Maryland Court of Appeals ruling ordered the school system to equitably fund its 34 charter schools in accordance with the state Charter School Law. Efforts were made to engage theschool system in mediation, charter officials said, but those overtures were rejected.
Under the revised funding formula proposed by Schools CEO Gregory Thornton, 26 public charter schools would see a decline in per pupil funds, and 13—including eight of Baltimore’s highest-performing schools—would not be able to purchase books or pay teachers, possibly forcing them to shut their doors, charter officials claim.
The funding plan sparked an outcry among parents and supporters of the city’s charter schools, prompting a rally, letters to the editor and other signs of protest.
At the basis of the contention between charter schools and BCPS’ central administration is “resistance to change,” Macdonald said. “It is difficult for an entrenched system to have a group of activist schools that are pushing for reform.”
Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry, D-Dist. 4, who introduced a resolution expressing support for public charter schools and calling on Thornton to withdraw the divisive funding proposal, agreed. He pointed to the increasing numbers of public charter schools—which are semi-autonomous in nature—and how that may be reducing the centralization of power at North Avenue.
From the 2006-07 through the 2014-15 school years, public charter school enrollment increased from 3,946 to 12,655 – and to approximately 13,700 this year – according to the charter schools.
“Of the 10 public schools in my district, four are charter schools. Five years ago, only one was a charter,” Henry, vice chairman of the council’s education committee, said. “As charters increase, the need for central administration decreases. It’s hard for any organism to willingly and easily decrease itself.”
School officials, however, have challenged the claims set forth in the lawsuits.
HENRY IS PUSHING FOR ENDING OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND THOSE PESKY EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS REGULATIONS NOT THAT BALTIMORE EVER ENFORCED THEM ----BILL HENRY 100% GLOBAL BANKING 1%
In October 2013, Perkins-Cohen said, BCPS created a workgroup of stakeholders, including charter schools, and legal experts, in response to charter schools’ concerns about the funding formula. The group met for two hours every week from October 2013 to June 2014, examining line items such as revenue sources, expenditures, methodology used to arrive at formula, etc.
“In mid-June 2014, the charter schools informed us they no longer wanted to participate in the group because it was no longer meeting their needs,” the school official said, adding efforts to re-engage charter schools in the process were rebuffed. “We kept coming back to the same issues where we couldn’t agree on how to treat certain services.”
The charter schools have complained that millions of dollars are being retained at central administration for “vaguely defined, expensive ‘services’ that, in many cases, charter schools neither want nor need.”
Perkins-Cohen said charter schools are unreasonably demanding a per pupil funding formula based only on revenue and not including the district-wide costs and needs-based services such as health benefits for school retirees, and the costs of educating students with physical and learning disabilities and those who are English language learning and lower-income which would exceed the costs of educating the average general education student.
Schmoke, currently the president of the University of Baltimore, has declined to address the pending negotiations.
One complication, Perkins-Cohen said, is that funding from state and federal sources, such as Title I and Race to the Top initiatives have been cut.
“Resources have gotten tighter,” she said, “and when that happens, people start fighting over the scraps.”
Councilman Henry agreed that advocacy needs to be directed elsewhere.
“This kind of infighting among ourselves—because this is essentially public schools fighting each other—this is time and energy we ought to be using to fight the real problem, which is that the state hasn’t provided the level of funding to Baltimore City that it should be providing,” the politician said. “If Governor Hogan had not cut millions of dollars out of the budget for Baltimore City education, we literally would not had to have this conversation.”
Our local and state courts are now filled with court cases and mediation surrounding small business charters just as several decades our education court cases used to fight for equal opportunity and access for 99% of WE THE PEOPLE. There is no WE THE PEOPLE in these private small business charter cases---AND these small business charters will be OUT OF BUSINESS. This entire legal proceeding is deliberate----setting legal precedence for private K-career while sidelining our public K-university and its EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS public schools.
Massachusetts charters are tied to a national EDUCATION MEDIATION corporation-----all eating up what used to be PUBLIC K-12 funding.
Why You Should Care About a Charter School Cap in Massachusetts
Posted May 3, 2016 in Charter Schools
Justin Cohen is writer and blogger who was formerly president of Boston-based education nonprofit Mass Insight Education, where he helped cities and states around the country rethink how we serve our most vulnerable children. Justin has also worked in the D.C. Public Schools and was on the education policy committee for President Obama's 2008 campaign.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has always been the cradle of innovation and success for American public schools. The country’s first public schools were in the Bay State, professional teacher preparation started here and Horace Mann himself was our first education secretary.
In more modern times, the state was among the first to adopt high education standards in 1993, and Massachusetts is the only U.S. state whose overall performance stands up to the highest performers in the rest of the world. If Massachusetts were a country, it would rank as high as Finland, the current reigning champion in the international education sweepstakes.
There is an underside, though, to educational attainment in Massachusetts. Despite high overall scores, the opportunity gap between white students and their peers of color is wider than almost anywhere in the country. This disparity is underscored by a dark history of racial injustice, as the desegregation of the Boston schools in the 1970s exposed rampant racism and classism, at both systemic and individual levels—the effects of which linger today in the disparity between the opportunities in Boston and its suburbs.
The Demand Is There, So Why the Cap?
While education in Massachusetts can expose tensions between innovation and equity, one place where those ideals harmonize is in the state’s extraordinary public charter schools.
While charter school performance nationally is not uniform, Boston’s public charter schools are notable for being the absolute strongest in the country, all while serving a higher proportion of students of color and low-income students, than comparable traditional schools.
OH, REALLY? SEEMS MD ALSO THINKS ITS POLICIES ARE MODELS FOR THE NATION----HARVARD/JOHNS HOPKINS. STUDENTS IN BALTIMORE ARE ON WAITING LISTS FOR CHARTERS BECAUSE THEIR PUBLIC COMMUNITY SCHOOL WAS CLOSED---WAITING LISTS DO NOT MEAN THE SCHOOL IS GOOD--IT SIMPLY MEANS ITS THE ONE AVAILABLE.
It should be no surprise, then, that there are over 30,000 students on waitlists for the state’s charters.It should be no surprise, then, that there are over 30,000 students on waitlists for the state’s charters.
What is surprising, however, is our legislature’s commitment to maintaining an arbitrary statutory cap on the growth of new charter schools. Despite clear demand from families and stellar results, the cap on new schools has not budged since 2010, with the primary hold-up happening in the state Senate, where suburban legislators dominate the education conversation.
While I can’t fault those suburban legislators for minding their own constituencies—that is, after all, their job—their insistence on preventing the growth of new charter schools in Boston and other cities is inexcusable.
Because of the Senate’s intransigence, a group of petitioners collected signatures in order to put the question of raising the charter schools cap on the ballot for this November’s elections. Unless a bill passes during the current legislative session—which seems unlikely, given that the senate’s recent attempt was panned by activists on every side of the issue—Massachusetts voters will have a chance to opine directly on the cap.
If You’re Not Convinced, Here’s Some More Reasons
During this National Charter Schools Week, there are a few reasons to watch this issue.
Opponents of the measure will frame the ballot question in terms of money for traditional schools, which obscures the real issue: Great charter schools provide more options for our most vulnerable families, those who don’t have the same luxuries as their peers with more resources and mobility.
Opponents of the measure plan to blame charters for taking money away from traditional public schools, but the real culprits are the lingering effects of the recession and local property taxation policies, not the relatively small number of charters. While charter schools are a drop in the fiscal bucket, they provide an easy target for voters whose children have the luxury of attending high performing schools in their suburban neighborhoods.
Reformers around the country have been exploring alternative venues for driving educational change--like the courts—and this initiative will be an interesting test case for the effectiveness of the ballot as a venue.
- First and foremost, if you are a parent in Boston, this initiative affects you directly, even though politicians have a vested interest in making it sound like it’s more complicated.
- Second, while other states have held referenda on charter school statutes, this fall will be the first time an enrollment cap will be on a ballot anywhere in the country. It will be interesting to see how the politics shake out; suburbanites shouldn’t be able to further limit the opportunities of children in low-income communities, but that’s what will happen if they turn out in force to reject this measure.
- Finally, this is a good reminder to educators, particularly reformers, that politics matter. If results and demand were sufficient to win the argument, the unimpeachably good charters in Boston would be able to grow and flourish. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as politics, money, and power matter when talking about public schooling.
The man we see in front of this class is MARYLAND GOVERNOR O'MALLEY---former BALTIMORE MAYOR O'MALLEY----and this article wants to blame someone or something on Baltimore's soon to be worse then DETROIT's corrupt and fraudulent K-12 charter system-----this is the man. O'Malley created the conditions for widespread corruption and misappropriation of education funding----deliberately set out an agenda for public school decay----AND he was hyper-RACE TO THE TOP. We are having all these small business charters going to court----school mediations----court declaration of how education policy will operate in Baltimore----because of GOVERNOR O'MALLEY and now BALTIMORE MAYOR PUGH----two raging 5% to the 1% players.
Both O'Malley and PUGH KNOW the goals of RACE TO TOP have nothing to do with patronage small business charters. They are busy setting legal precedence ending rights and equal funding to public schools MOVING FORWARD global corporate education takeover. What happens when Detroit's public schools decayed from neglect are replaced by small business charters filled with corruption and failure? Well, Detroit as Baltimore simply HAVE to hand them to global education corporations. Just as with all US public agencies.
There's absolutely nothing MOVING FORWARD in Baltimore for public K-12 schools and most of our 99% parents and students KNOW THIS.
There's absolutely nothing MOVING FORWARD in Baltimore for public K-12 schools and most of our 99% parents and students KNOW THIS.
The DeVos' made a fortune in the Detroit charter fraud fiasco as in NEW Orleans--------it is NOT free market when all is tied to PAY-TO-PLAY
'Moving to a Betsy DeVos-led, free-market system, overflowing with options is not the answer to fixing the issues that Baltimore faced. It didn’t work in New Orleans and it won’t work elsewhere. Politico points out why things have worked in New Orleans':
Baltimore’s Schools are Failing and the Budget is Crippled – Blame the Charter Schools?
By Richard Eskow -
May 19, 2017
On Wednesday, WBFF in Baltimore reported that five high schools and one middle school in the city had zero students that proved proficient in math and English on the state’s standardized tests.
The news comes as Baltimore struggles to rectify a massive budget shortfall. The budget is set to be about $1.31 billion. Originally, the district needed to cut around $90 million to make ends meet. To do that, the school district feared that they would have to lay off approximately 1,000 workers.
However, the city and state chipped in $60 million in emergency funds, meaning the cuts will not be nearly as dramatic. The district is still set to lay off 300 workers, including up to 75 teachers. Baltimore also has surplus funds on hand and the City Council has proposed shifting $10 million from the police department to the school district to help offset even those costs.
Even with the budget woes, Baltimore spends more than $16,000 per student each year, the fourth-highest rate in the country. So, with the high expenditure per student, how did Baltimore’s school system find itself with such under-performing schools?
The answer may lie in extremely wasteful spending, including ballooning salaries. While smaller class sizes and increasing teacher salaries are worthwhile causes, the district has possibly taken the measures to the extreme. Intentionally keeping schools small has led to tremendously under-utilized buildings.
The Baltimore Sun asked the school district’s chief operating officer, Keith Scroggins, about the expense of maintaining buildings that are not near capacity. The Sun cited Scroggins in their report on the problems the buildings create:
“[T]he city has too many schools that are expensive to operate because they are half- or three-quarters full. That means there are more boilers to break down, roofs to fix, and bills to pay.”
It seems like a Republican dream. Education spending is high, class sizes are tiny, teachers are paid more, and yet schools are still falling behind. You can check just about any online message board that addresses the education system in Baltimore and find a conservative offering up the solution of giving families a voucher for $16,000 to choose whatever school they wanted. But Baltimore’s case is not that simple.
In the late nineties, the state took over the school district and put it in the hands of a board that then hired a CEO. Through 2007, even after Maryland allowed charter schools in the state, it was a tough time in the city. Enrollment was down and so was Baltimore’s economy. In 2007, the student population was overwhelmingly poor, with around 75 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Student populations were down, but Baltimore continued to hire administrators.
That’s when new Superintendent Andrés Alonso took over. He decentralized the district and allowed principals more autonomy over their school. While he embraced school choice and charter school development, he also was committed to reforming the school district to fit the shifting tides of enrollment and student needs. Charter schools and city-run schools alike worked together to ensure that common educational standards were set.
School funding was reformed as well. Prior to Alonso, schools and teachers were allocated funds at a district level, meaning that in many cases smaller schools were better funded than larger schools. Under Alonso, 500 administration jobs were cut and that money went directly to the schools, who were now free to spend money how they wished.
Principals under Alonso were given great flexibility, yet were held to an incredibly tough standard. This is why success under Alonso was short-lived. Initially, schools thrived – shifting their focus as needed in the classroom. However, it became obvious that key systems like payroll were going to be underfunded. As the middle class continued to move out of Baltimore, enrollment continued to fall and so did revenue. No matter how many students are enrolled in Baltimore’s schools, operating expenses remain.
The problems have not improved under Alonso’s successor, Dr. Gregory Thornton, nor under current schools CEO Sonja Santelises. Santelises is now tasked with fixing the district’s budget woes.
The state funds coming to Baltimore’s aid were contingent on an independent audit of the school system. Well, the audit found “no material weakness,” according to current school CEO Sonja Santelises. Many critics of the school district believe that administration costs are too high, but Baltimore spends substantially less per student on central office costs when compared to similar cities. Santelises told a group in February:
“Is our central office bloated? You’ve heard a lot of press allegations that we’re bloated and it’s just not the case. People want to find simple solutions.”
That’s where the biggest culprit comes into play: charter schools. While the charter schools in Baltimore are performing well, they are bleeding resources from the public school system. When a student moves from the public school, not only do already under-utilized buildings take on a higher per-student cost, but tax revenue moves with the student, leaving the public school underfunded.
Making matters worse, with extensive waiting lists to get in, Baltimore’s charter schools can cherry-pick their enrollment, which can artificially inflate their success. The schools can seek to only bring in high-performing students and avoid those with special needs. Thus, the public schools in the area have declining test scores and rising costs for special needs students. Republicans are quick to jump on this and press for even more charter schools.
That isn’t to say that charter schools cannot work. New Orleans, Louisiana is overwhelmingly run by charter schools and is largely successful. However, the approach to keep the charters in line with the district has been aggressive. Leslie Jacobs, who serves on New Orleans’ school board told Politico:
“Yeah, there are charters and there’s autonomy, but charters don’t get to pick their own enrollment and you’re going to be held to a very high standards. There’s nowhere else in the country that has this.”
Of course, New Orleans’ story hasn’t come without hardship. As the city started to adopt charters, schools would often compete for students and sought to kick out students that proved to be more of a burden to the district.
When Baltimore’s charter schools have been challenged over their practices of recruiting students, they have sued for even more funding from the state, saying that they are doing more with less. In Maryland, it may lead to the charters getting more funds. In Louisiana, those schools would have been shut down.
Moving to a Betsy DeVos-led, free-market system, overflowing with options is not the answer to fixing the issues that Baltimore faced. It didn’t work in New Orleans and it won’t work elsewhere.
Below we see yet another national structure building around small business charters ------private funding sources tied to global Wall Street. The point of charter vs public school is that they would have equal footing to prove which platform was best. Of course that equal platform lasted about a year.
Along with national litigation firms -----here we have national finance firms all tied to small business charters.
DETROIT public K-12 went through all these privatization attacks ----movement of funding away from schools and classrooms---feeding temporary PATRONAGE small charters and the same legal/Wall Street financial sucking of public school funding.
How easy was it to assure each public K-12 school received equal protection, equal opportunity, equal access?
IT RAN AS SMOOTHLY AS OUR MEDICARE SYSTEM DID WHEN OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY WAS IN PLACE AT NOT NEARLY THE COSTS LOST TO TODAY'S FLEECING OF FEDERAL EDUCATION FUNDS.
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Baltimore is filling with all these FAKE small business charters-----many tied to national chains----some singular PATRONAGE funded local charters-----and all data show none of these K-12 charter are doing ANYTHING for our 99% of students. The only ones showing success are those where 100% of high school grads have full tuition paid with allegations of SKEWED ACHIEVEMENT.
All of this is what our 99% of public school teachers-----parents and students are being forced to be exposed to as global banking 1% CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA keep telling us this is INNOVATION/PERSONALIZED EDUCATION.
The smiling faces of a Baltimore SCHMOKE----O'MALLEY----NOW PUGH in a Baltimore classroom is a DISGRACE and insult to our Baltimore school students.
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'but Michigan is one state where community colleges or state universities can authorize charters to operate in K-12 districts'.
MOVING FORWARD RACE TO TOP with a goal of handing all K-12 to global education corporations while pretending to be giving LOCAL CHOICE-----here we see what are called INDEPENDENT STUDY CHARTERS crossing county lines which public school districts do not allow. Local city and county councils are passing these laws saying all these national soon global education help our K-12 students.
38,000 students in CA tied to online charters. Baltimore heading towards this as school closings soar----schools targeted to succeed fall along that narrow city center.
All these court rulings on education policy is geared towards rights of education businesses----and not on US 99% equal opportunity access court precedence for 100 years.
MD has same court cases deregulating county districts for public schools.
California Supreme Court ruling to impact charter school boundaries
Tara García Mathewson @TaraGarciaM
Feb. 2, 2017
- A growing number of charter schools in California operate outside of traditional brick-and-mortar settings, giving them the ability to serve students in adjacent districts, but a court ruling limits their freedom to serve students in neighboring districts within the same county.
- EdSource reports the current law says these so-called “independent study charters” can get approval from one district to open and then set up a resource center in adjacent counties to serve more students, but the law didn’t explicitly say it could open such resource centers in neighboring districts within the same county.
- Independent study charters offer remote learning opportunities either through entirely online programs or with limited face-to-face services, and about 38,000 students attend these schools through out-of-district, in-county arrangements that are now prohibited.
Tensions run high when districts can lose students to charter schools they did not approve. That is the case in California, where even with the limited interpretation of the law, charter schools can still recruit students from districts in neighboring counties, where school boards had no say in granting the charter.
Charter authorizing laws vary widely from state to state, with some allowing for-profit organizations to open and run charters while others limit the charter school sector to non-profit entities. Authorizing entities themselves also vary. The vast majority of charter schools in the U.S. were authorized by the local school board, but Michigan is one state where community colleges or state universities can authorize charters to operate in K-12 districts.
'leaving Louisiana’s students, parents, teachers and taxpayers at risk of academic failures and financial fraud'.
"In New Orleans, nearly 100 percent of our kids are in charter schools."
— Bobby Jindal on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 in comments on "Fox News Sunday"
We speak often about charters vs public schools in degrees of achievement ----stability----this week we would like our 99% of US WE THE PEOPLE to follow the legal court precedent standing being put into place replacing all our US public school equal protections and opportunities for people---with tons of legal court decisions over legal rights of school business owners. As with all public agencies---global banking 1% use these small business platforms to DEREGULATE and strip all city/county structures tied to citizen and student rights. That is what MOVING FORWARD these few decades is about. RACE TO THE TOP is replacing those small business patronage school businesses with global online education COMMONER CORE for the world.
JINDAL and New Orleans city council KNEW they were creating a network of fraud, corruption, injustice, inequality as did DETROIT city council-----it is MODUS OPERANDUS for ROBBER BARON 5% pols and players.
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE CALLED SCHOOL CHOICE ARE REALLY, REALLY BAD ALL THE WAY AROUND.
Those states early to install this mess are now saying 99% of WE THE PEOPLE cannot reverse all this because the charter system in place would fail. Have you noticed the word FAILED describes every global banking 1% CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA policy?
WOE IS BE TO ANY WHISTLEBLOWERS TO FRAUD DURING ROBBER BARON FLEECING.
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Underinvestment in Oversight Leaves Louisiana’s Charter Schools Vulnerable to Financial Fraud and Academic Failures
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Coalition for Community Schools
In the ten years since Hurricane Katrina, post-storm changes to the state’s charter school law have dramatically grown the number of charter schools in the state. Since 2005, charter school enrollment in the state has grown 1,188 percent.
Through this growth, the Louisiana Department of Education’s Recovery School District—created to facilitate state takeover of struggling schools—has become the first charter-only school district in the country, with other states lining up to copy its model. Louisiana taxpayers have invested heavily, paying billions of dollars to charters and state takeover schools since the storm, including over $831 million in the 2014/2015 school year alone.
The rapid growth and massive investment in charter schools has been accompanied by a dramatic underinvestment in oversight, leaving Louisiana’s students, parents, teachers and taxpayers at risk of academic failures and financial fraud. The state’s failure to create an effective financial oversight system is obvious, as Louisiana charter schools have experienced millions in known losses from fraud and financial mismanagement so far, which is likely just the tip of the iceberg.
According to standard forensic auditing methodologies, the deficiencies in charter oversight throughout Louisiana suggest tens of millions of dollars in undiscovered losses for the 2013-14 school year alone.*
In this report, we identify three fundamental flaws with Louisiana’s financial oversight of charter schools:
Oversight depends too heavily on self-reporting by charter schools or the reports of whistleblowers.
Louisiana’s oversight agencies rely almost entirely on audits paid for by the charters themselves and whistleblowers. While important to uncover fraud, neither method systematically detects or effectively prevents fraud.
The general auditing techniques used in charter school reports do not uncover fraud on their own. The audits commissioned by the charter schools use general auditing
Using the methodology employed by the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners 2014 Report to Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, which assumes 5% of total revenues lost to fraud, to determine the total amount of fraud globally, we estimate that tens of millions could be lost to fraud in the coming year.
System Failure: Louisiana’s Broken Charter School Law
techniques designed to expose inaccuracies or inefficiencies. Without audits specifically designed to detect and uncover fraud, however, state and local agencies will rarely detect
deliberate fraud without a whistleblower.