Tag Archives: Academica

How Jeb Bush is Complicit in the Ultimate Charter School Scandal

It’s really an old story. You’ll find Scathing Purple Musings has covered it for quite some time. Several journalists throughout Florida have as well. This from yesterday’s  Miami Herald reporters Christina Veiga and Kristen M. Clark: TALLAHASSEE A familiar face is … Continue reading

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When Jeb Bush Let His Own Charter School Fail

In a stunning letter to the editor of the Miami Herald, the former administrative assistant to the principal of Liberty City School tells the tragic story of the rise and fall of an inner city charter school. Alicia Banuchi writes: Michael … Continue reading

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Look How Easily a Take on Charter Schools From New Zealand Models Florida

From New Zealand online news aggregate Voxy.co.nz: In the USA, scandal after scandal has swept charter schools: poor teaching, poor facilities, financial scams, corruption, profiteering, abrupt closures of failed schools, political patronage, abuse…. Almost everything that could go wrong in … Continue reading

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Revisiting Rick Scott’s Charter School Crony Capitalism

Imagine Charter Schools boss Dennis Bakke was one of three charter school executives named to Rick Scott’s education transition team in 2010. The make-up of Scott’s team signaled that Scott was going nuclear on public schools. Only one representative of public … Continue reading

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Academica Charter Schools Under Federal Investigation

UPDATE: Herald has reposted st UPDATE after the bump From Kathleen McGrory in the Miami Herald: TALLAHASSEE — The state’s largest charter school management company has come under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education for potential conflicts of interests … Continue reading

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Florida Charter School Scheme Unmasked in Standard Contract Bid

Rep. Manny Diaz (R-Miami) went first in the House Education Committee yesterday and announced a “postponement” of HB 7083. Among other things, Diaz bill provided for standard charter school contracts, the mandatory sharing of public school buildings and would further … Continue reading

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How Florida’s For-Profit Charter School Industry Is Moving Money in to Influence the Legislative Session

Matt Dixon’s report that a former top lobbyist for the for-profit charter school industry is now the top fundraiser for a PAC belonging to the chairman of the senate education appropriations committee provided a glimpse into how well the industry … Continue reading

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How Jeff Clemens Bill Forces Florida Charter Schools Into a Debate They Don’t Want to Have

Let’s get this out-of-the-way now. Jeff Clements bill has zero chance of getting a hearing. But it sure makes the for-profit charter school bristle. The Florida Current’s James Call has the story: A Palm Beach County senator wants to narrow … Continue reading

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Tony Bennett Received $65,452 From Michelle Rhee In Failed 2012 Indiana Reelection Bid

Add Michelle Rhee to the list of top players in Florida’s education hierarchy who gave money to Tony Bennett in his Indiana reelection campaign. One of the nation’s top education reporters, Alexander Russo was able to get a copy of … Continue reading

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The Incomplete Outrage Over NorthStar Charter School Payouts

The $800,000 that a couple made off with after the NorthStar charter school closure even embarrassed  some rich charter school operators. So when a top charter school lobbyists is critical of another charter school’s grab of taxpayer cash, there’s obviously a there..there. “The … Continue reading

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