Tag Archives: Imagine Charter Schools

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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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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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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Charter School Parents Pull Trigger Then Get Sued By Charter School Management Corporation

Only in the twisted world of for-profit charter schools and their political handmaidens is this possible. From Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter Gabrielle Russon: Principal Justin Matthews eagerly awaits Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony as he looks to further expand the biggest charter school in … 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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Why Florida Needs Two Charter School Lobbies

Perhaps there’s a reason afterall why there are two charter school lobbies in Florida. Miami Herald reporters Kathleen McGrory and Scott Hiassen write that the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is taking a turn at advancing Steve Wise’s bill which … 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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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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New St. Louis Imagine Schools Chief Makes Excuses for Poor Test Scores

Its that they’re scores were poor to begin with, you see: (Alan) Olkes acknowledged that achievement has been less than stellar if it is judged by state tests that compare Imagine students to everyone else in Missouri in the same … 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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