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Feds: Pa Cyber Charter School Founder Trombetta Schemed To Steal $1 Million

December 21, 2013

Graphic A graphic is displayed at a news conference on the Nicholas Trombetta indictment Friday at FBI South Side headquarters. In the background: U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton (center), FBI Special Agent in Charge Gary Douglas Perdue (left) and Special Agent in Charge Steven Anderson. Trombetta directed transactions from Avanti and One2One that benefited his family members and others including his girlfriend, whose Mingo Junction, Ohio, home was bought for $73,000 in July 2009. In collecting money from Avanti, Mr. Trombetta directed that monthly checks -- of up to $18,000 -- be written to One2One for "consulting fees," for nearly four years from August 2008 through June 2012. One2One, the indictment said, provided no such services. The grand jury accused Mr.
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Deion Sanders Fired (again) From His Charter School, But Could Get Rehired (again)

December 6, 2013

Over-paid, under-qualified administrators never worked in a school in their life. Total Total chaos. We have a formula to restore what the was the dream at Prime Prep. What that formula is, who knows? The school has seen a lot of chaos since it opened its doors in 2012.
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Icahn Charter Schools walks away from controversial colocation plan in Bronx

The wise-cracking, web-slinging hero gets back in the swing of things in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ trailer. Enrollment in Hillsborough charters is growing by 20 percent a year, with 43 schools now open. The MacDill proposal is one of seven on the agenda for Tuesday's School Board meeting. District staff recommends approval for the others, including a middle school in Lutz and a dual-enrollment school in Town 'N Country where students can earn college associate's degrees. Roughly half the applications that come to the district each year are green-lighted by staff.
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MacDill charter school gets preliminary 'no' from Hillsborough officials

Related Stories Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio must now bring agenda to Gov. Cuomo, Albany lawmakers The charter school at the center of a controversial plan to share space in a North Bronx middle school has abandoned the project. Icahn Charter Schools pulled out of a deal to put its high school inside a Gunther Ave. school building that already houses two middle schools, the Department of Education said Thursday.
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Forest Lake Charter School Applies To Build 2nd Campus In Headwaters

November 21, 2013

Williamsburg charter school closing over contract impasse

In October, the board approved a new $721,000 purchase agreement for a 12-acre site, according to chief financial officer Julie Lundgren, who also serves as president of LILA Building Co., a nonprofit that is making the financial arrangements. The purchase price includes about $187,000 for infrastructure, Lundgren said. Funding for the project will come from a bond sale, which will happen as the closing date nears, Lundgren said. Headwaters is a mixed-used development just south of the Forest Lake airport. When plans were approved in 2006, the development was to include 1,500 housing units and retail stores. Those have not happened, but existing buildings include a senior housing complex, a Washington County library and service center, a transit center, a few businesses and a cluster of new homes.
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It is asking the DOE to consider converting it to a district school so that students and staff can stay together. DOE officials said theyre exploring all options but havent given the school any assurances that charter students will all be able to go to the same district school. UFT President Michael Mulgrew blamed BWCF leadership, saying the union had expressed a willingness to change the contract. Parents cited a host of reasons for the schools demise, but several said they were troubled by BWCFs decision to cut ties with the charter. The foundation just gave up on our kids. And they also say they just cant afford to keep the school open the way that its operating, said Zoraida Quiles, mother of 4-year-old Jojo.
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Brooklyn school’s failing grade unusual among Hebrew charter schools

Despite the Brooklyn school being named a vanguard school by the Hebrew Charter School Center, the national network with which both New York schools affiliate, leaders of the center say the poor showing doesnt reflect on the quality of the Brooklyn school or on Hebrew charter schools generally. Its in no way a setback for the movement, said Rabbi David Gedzelman, a board member of both the Harlem school and the Hebrew Charter School Center and the executive vice president of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, one of the centers primary funders. The F grade is an unusually poor showing for a Hebrew charter school, the bulk of which have done well on state evaluations. Three of the four schools in the Ben Gamla network in Florida earned As in 2013 from the state ranking system, which is based on test performance and other factors. The fourth got a C. The only other center school besides Brooklyn to be tested so far the Hatikvah International Charter School in East Brunswick, N.J.
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Charter School Commission Expected To Eye Virtual Schools For A 3rd Time

November 6, 2013

It actually adapts to the child," Negron said. Colorado Virtual Academy, or COVA, has a curriculum run by one of the companies hoping to partner with a school board here in Maine, K12. Amy Carlisle, the President of Maine Learning Innovations is hoping to bring that K12 curriculum here in the form of Maine Virtual Academy. She said the two rejections by Maine's Charter Commission has helped her and the other local board members focus on bringing a small virtual school experience to about 300 7-12th graders in Maine. "We're talking about a really small group of students to start this school with. So that will enable our board, our head of school, our head of instruction, to really wrap their hands around how it's working for each student," Carlisle said.
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Pa. Cyber Charter School fires most top managers

735 Midland Ave. The three-story brick office building at 735 Midland Ave. the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School secured. He's a very bright, good, young man and it's shocking to me. ... He was really committed to that organization." Mr. Oberg, a former principal for West Allegheny School District, was with the cyber school for seven years and ran its day-to-day operations.
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Feds charge Pa. cyber-charter school founder

Whatever their merits, the purpose of charter schools "was never to be to line the pockets of the people that run them," Hickton said. A spokeswoman for PA Cyber and NNDS issued statements saying the charges vindicated their claims to be victims, not participants, in the scheme. Trombetta's accountant, Neal Prence, also is charged, but Hickton wouldn't comment on the extent of his alleged involvement in the overall scheme. Prence, 58, of Koppel, is charged with conspiring with to help Trombetta avoid income taxes, including by filing false tax returns. Defense attorney Stanton Levenson said Prence maintains he did nothing wrong and plans to plead not guilty when both men are arraigned Wednesday.
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Bloomberg's Education Plan Is Working: Don't Ditch It

October 22, 2013

Education bigwig will now have invite-only Common Core forum, exclude hoi polloi

bouncers. Photo: Getty Images They suggest the Children First schools newness, which translates into control over staffing and spending, greater financial resources, and association with outside expert partners, might be more important than their small size. As they conclude, the evidence from New York City suggests that the success of [future] efforts will depend significantly on how those new schools are created and supported. New charter schools are also highly effective.A research team at CREDO, led by Stanfords Margaret Raymond, compared test scores in New York City charter schools with traditional schools serving very similar students in New York State. (Charter critics, including Diane Ravitch , have celebrated CREDOs national study of charter schools, using the same methods, as valid and definitive.) In their most recent study , CREDO found that: the typical student in New York City charter schools gains more learning in a year than his TPS [traditional public school] counterparts, amounting to one month of additional gains in reading and five months in math. The learning advantage in Harlem equates to less than a full month of additional learning in reading but an additional seven months of progress in math.
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When The Daily Caller last checked on King, he had barely managed to get through an Oct. 10 town-hall forum in Poughkeepsie, designed to allow parents to ask questions and comment about the controversial Common Core. King bombed miserably at the PTA-sponsored forum. He talked (and talked) for nearly one hour and 40 minutes during the two-hour meeting leaving just over 20 minutes for the town hall part. Then, he insisted on arguing with parents who expressed critical opinions King didnt want to hear. After his very poor Poughkeepsie performance, King canceled the four remaining public town halls that had been scheduled across the state.
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Michigan Charter And Cyber School Bills Lack Quality Controls

October 7, 2013

This week in the War on Workers: The cyber charter school scam

Charter school performance is mixed overall nationally and in Detroit. While some chains, like the Knowledge Is Power Program , are known for sending more low-income kids to college, others, such as charter schools in states like Ohio with lax charter-school laws, are notorious for stale curricula and baseless profits. While many education-reform groups support school choice and competition through the development of charter schools, Sen. Johnson said the Michigan bills put Democrats between a rock and a hard place. "For those Democrats that support choice, we have been put in an awful position because of the heavy-handed approach that Republicans have taken," Johnson said.
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Feds: PA Cyber Charter School founder Trombetta schemed to steal $1 million

A graphic is displayed at a news conference on the Nicholas Trombetta indictment Friday at FBI South Side headquarters. In the background: U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton (center), FBI Special Agent in Charge Gary Douglas Perdue (left) and Special Agent in Charge Steven Anderson. No one is monitoring this as far as I can see." Cyber charters have raked in big profits, but there's some cause for hope their bubble may be bursting: Although his firm was born on Wall Street, some on Wall Street have turned against [K12 Inc. CEO Ron] Packards model. Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson recently announced he was shorting K12 Inc. stock, effectively betting that the company would fail.
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Although Avanti is winding its business down, NNDS is still viable -- and remains intimately connected to PA Cyber. As of June, NNDS had revenue of nearly $58 million, 84 percent of which came from PA Cyber. Mr. Trombetta, the indictment said, "also concealed his position as the direct beneficiary and recipient of funds generated by PA Cyber, the school wherein he held the position of CEO." He is described by the grand jury as being "the controlling party on both sides of transactions" involving PA Cyber and NNDS, and then, NNDS and Avanti, and Avanti and One2One. The indictment alleges that Mr.
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Barona Education Grant Program Exceeds $2 Million Milestone With $5,000 Grant To Cornerstone Academy

September 22, 2013

Applications can be downloaded at http://barona-nsn.gov/education . About the Barona Band of Mission Indians The Barona Band of Mission Indians, recognized by the United States government as a sovereign nation, has lived on the Barona Indian Reservation in rural eastern San Diego County since 1932.Prior to that, the Tribe lived on the Capitan Grande Reservation which was established by the federal government in 1875. Long before living on a reservation, the Tribe traveled across Southern California in tune with the seasons and what nature provided. Today, the sovereign nation, governed by an elected Tribal Council, is serving its Tribal members, their families, and sharing with the San Diego region.
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Why You Should Think About Homeschooling Your Child

September 21, 2013

Homeschooling was not so popular years ago. Public school was where most people went, and those few that could afford it went to private school. Keep reading this article to learn more about homeschooling.
Don't limit your child's reading material to textbooks. Kids should be encourage to read everything they can, even comic books! Reading articles allows them to learn about what's going on in the world, opening up discussions about politics, geography and history. They'll be able to analyze situations, a skill they'll need as an adult.
Make sure you know all of the state laws that govern homeschooling. You can find more information about them on the HSLDA website. Joining a homeschooling group can provide you the assistance you will need if child services or school board give you any issues. The help you get will make paying any dues and membership fees well worth your while.
Make a list of the positives and negatives of public school and then do the same for homeschooling. Utilize your list to draft your plans for homeschooling, making sure that your child gets the best education possible. Using these lists, you will be very clear on what you wish to steer clear of and what you wish to focus on. Keep the list handy to allow yourself to reference it whenever necessary.
Homeschooling can offer a child a lot. There is a huge advantage to teaching at home, rather than sending your child to an often overcrowded and typically underfunded public learning facility. In order to make sure your children are progressing, test them with your state's tests. If your child is lagging behind his age-peers in one or more areas, then hiring a tutor is the best way to remedy this.
Allow your kids to have break times so that they can run around and use up extra energy stores. This will help to clear your child's head, so that they can be fresh for the next session. Breaks should be scheduled into the day just as lessons are, and kids should know when a break is approaching.
Make certain your child has ample opportunity for socialization. You need to exercise some creativity since your child is not participating in a normal classroom environment. Coordinate outings with other homeschooling families. Your kids can play on a team in the local area. Being a Girl or Boy Scout is a great way to socialize with peers.
Don't let your home school environment isolate your kids. Getting involved with local homeschool networks can be extremely helpful for homeschooling families. Look for local homeschooling groups where you can meet other families, or take part in online groups. This group will offer many insights and perspectives to help you successfully homeschool your children.
Simple ways to better your homeschool environment are now at your disposal. These tips are also a great starting place for those who aren't yet homeschooling their kids. When you use creativity in the classroom you will see that the lessons you are teaching will work better.
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Another Failed Charter: Do These Schools Have A Future?

September 20, 2013

Charter school raising questions; Birnbach vows to continue serving students

Since the first charter schools began sprouting up in Minnesota in 1991, the battle to find balance between accountability and innovation through autonomy has existed; stories like the ones out of Orlando show that not enough progress has been made in this regard. Educators and legislators need to realize the success of each depends on the other and approach charter school goals with this mentality. For charters to achieve optimal success for students, the public also needs more information on what these schools actually are and how to heighten the public school education experience. While most educators recognize charter schools as public entities, community members often confuse charter schools with for-profit educational management organizations, or EMOs. This leads to an automatic feeling of resentment as students are viewed as a business opportunity.
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State closes charter school in northeast Houston

With classes a few weeks under way, students now must find another school to attend. Children First has campuses in northeast Houston and in Dallas. Terry Grier , superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, said he expects several hundred Children First students to enroll in HISD schools. He said the district should have space in nearby campuses, including in the area of the newly acquired North Forest school district.
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Before Obama [2 volumes]: A Reappraisal of Black Reconstruction Era Politicians To join the discussion, you must first register with Disqus and verify your email address. Once you do, your comments will post automatically. We welcome your thoughts and your opinions, including unpopular ones. We ask only that you keep the conversation civil and clean. We reserve the right to remove comments that are obscene, racist or abusive and statements that are false or unverifiable. Repeat offenders will be blocked.
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Radical Education Reformers Bring Ideas To Philadelphia

September 17, 2013

Radical Education Reformers Bring Ideas to Philadelphia "They often have the worst principals, worst resources...worst discipline. In addition to money, make sure you have great leaders in that school." Rhee and her colleagues brought their discussion to Philadelphia at a breaking point for the citys education system, which is the eighth largest in the nation. A $304 million budget deficit forced the layoff of nearly 4,000 teachers and staff, which included every secretary, guidance counselor, assistant principal and school nurse. School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William Hite threatened not to open schools on time citing safety issues if at least some staff could not be rehired.
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Religious Pluralism, Global Peace, and Higher Education

It is equally insulting to see how much money floods into the administrative coffers on our campuses. Consider the administrative bloat at Purdue University that John Hechinger described last year in Bloomberg News. He quoted J. Paul Robinson, president of Purdue's Faculty Senate, as he walked by his university's administrative tower.
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Higher Education's Train to Nowhere

For example, most American Christians cannot name one of the Gospels, and high school students typically think that Sodom and Gomorrah are husband and wife. In connecting inter-religious dialogue, religious pluralism, and religious literacy, Prothero pointed out that every major religion has struggled with the classic life, death, and after-life issues as well as incentives to reduce war and promote social justice. Colleges and universities are major resources that could promote religious pluralism because they can teach religious literacy, a prerequisite for religious pluralism. To do so, colleges and universities ought to consider: developing more courses on religion and spirituality, integrating religious studies throughout the curriculum, creating formal and informal opportunities for inter-religious dialogue on campus and in their local communities, and increasing campus participation in community service. Most importantly, higher education needs to get beyond its own discomfort zone regarding religion.
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