Red flags in Florida charter school scandal raise questions about district oversight

The half-million-dollar payout to the principal of a failing charter school in Orlando has sparked far-ranging criticism of Florida charter schools and the laws that govern them. But over at the Fordham Institute’s Choice Words blog today, Adam Emerson offers a different take. After doing some independent reporting, Emerson (the founding editor at redefinED before moving on to Fordham) says the Orange County School District should have responded earlier to obvious warning signs, including information contained in independent audits.

“It’s true that the charter school’s own board seemed absent in its required oversight of NorthStar, and it behaved (at best) irresponsibly in signing off on the outsize compensation for its principal,” he wrote. “But the school district is responsible for overseeing the charters it authorizes, and that responsibility became more critical when audits highlighted conflicts of interest and other red flags.” Read his full post here.

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2 Responses to Red flags in Florida charter school scandal raise questions about district oversight

  1. MARK TRAINA February 4, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    CHARTER SCHOOLS WORK WELL FOR RiCH WHiTE->

    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS!

    Are Charter School Really Working?

    “READ ALL ABOUT IT”

    Charter Schools are working very well for GREEDY WHITE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS and CORRUPT TOP LEVEL SCHOOL OFFICIALS”!

    Charter School Operators are becoming MILLIONAIRES at our Children’s Expense.

    Let me explain to you how:

    CASE IN POINT: All Non-Profit Charter Schools have a “COKE and SNACK fund”. The “COKE and SNACK FUND” is actually worth Millions of Dollars annually!

    FACT: Profits from “COKE and SNACK FUND” in Public Schools legally must be retained within the school for School and Classroom Improvements.

    FACT: Charter School Operators have historically put the PROFIT from the “COKE and SNACK->FUN” in their left hip pocket.

    QUESTION: How would you like to open a Restaurant and KNOW for a FACT over 1000 paying Customers were going to enter your Restaurant each and every day!

    QUESTION: Can you imagine the possibilities for making Big Money-Busing, School Maintainance, Heating and Cooling Buildings, Cleaning Services, Chemical, etc. The possibilities for making “BIG MONEY” are endless and that is why all these Rich White People are spending Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to get on School Boards that pay approximately $800.00 per month.

    On a “MUCH” sadder note, very few Charter Schools are actually accomplishing their ACADEMIC GOALS and OBJECTIVES! Charter Schools in the U.S. have a long history of hiring Uncertified Instructors and Inexperienced School Administrators.

    PROOF: CHARTER SCHOOLS SUCK~

    http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2011/08/pa

  2. MARK TRAINA February 27, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    CHARTER SCHOOL=CROOKS & LIARS

    John Mc Donogh High School is “SHROUDED N MYSTERY”!

    Is the OWN Television Network trying to pull off a “FAST ONE” on the City of New Orleans.

    Visit the School’s Official Website or call the School if you can find the School’s correct Phone Number On-Line.

    fatuous1

    http://www.timetosucceed.com/2013/01/09/black

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