Tag Archives: Dennis Bakke

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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Imagine Charter School Belonging to Rick Scott Crony Sued for Ignoring Abuse

Imagine Charter Schools CEO Dennis Bakke was on Rick Scott’s education transition team. Trouble within Bakke’s empire are well documented in Scathing Purple Musings. But revelations that an official at West Melbourne school did not report concerns about abuse could … Continue reading

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For-Profit Charter School Fights Back Against Parents Who Rejected Them In Sarasota

Blogger David Safier has more on Imagine Charter Schools’ battle with Sarasota parents and local school leadership over their decision to secede from the nation’s largest charter school provider: North Port, Florida, could prove to be the tipping point for … Continue reading

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Pinellas Superintendent Recommends Closure of Charter School Belonging to Rick Scott Crony

Embattled Imagine Schools CEO Dennis Bakke got more bad news today as Pinellas Superintendent John Stewart recommended closure of his charter school in St. Petersburg. Writes Tampa Bay Times reporter Rebecca Catalenello in The Gradebook: Pinellas Superintendent John Stewart this … Continue reading

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Florida’s Imagine Charter Schools Debacle Grows While State Republican Legislators Continue to Ignore Potential Fraud

Three of the state’s largest newspapers – the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times – have served the interest of Floridians by reporting on the often questionable and shady dealings of charter schools. In yesterday’s paper, Times reporters … Continue reading

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The Troubling Links Between Imagine’s Failing Charter Schools in St. Louis and Florida

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Elisa Crouch writes that Imagine’s sponsor is pulling the plug on two of the company’s six city schools. The mayor wants all six closed. James French, chairman of Missouri Baptist University’s education division, notified each school’s governing … Continue reading

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Frank Attkisson: Serial Florida Politician and Charter School Rainmaker

In the remarkable look at the troubling history of Maverick’s charter schools, Doug Martin’s B-Town Errant piece details the shadowy work and role of current Osceola county commissioner Frank Attkisson.  Also a former state representative and mayor of Kississime, Attkisson is listed … Continue reading

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Neither the Will Nor the Mechanism Exists in Florida to Put Charter Schools Through Proper Scrutiny

Its been a rough week for Imagine school CEO Dennis Bakke. After receiving a request from Missouri’s education commissioner  for him to close his St. Louis schools, comes word that one of its schools will close in Kansas City.  Imagine … Continue reading

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Former Miami-Dade Superintendent to Run Failing Imagine Charter Schools in Missouri

Earlier this week Missouri’s education commissioner asked Imagine to close its schools at the end of the year. Imagine CEO Dennis Bakke has been in St. Louis this week and has named a new director.  From Elisa Crouch writing in the … Continue reading

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Missouri’s Top Educator Tells Imagine Charter Schools to Close; Could it Happen in Florida?

There’s more trouble for Dennis Bakke, the CEO of Imagine Schools. Missouri’s Commissioner of Education told Imagine’s state sponsor that the low performing and financially strapped schools should close. In response to a letter from Missouri Baptist University, Chris Nicastro wrote: “We … Continue reading

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