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An EPIC Case of Fraud in Oklahoma by John Thompson: ; at Diane Ravitch blog

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'Fraud after fraud is associated with virtual charter schools,  created by entrepreneurs with the purpose of making money.  Epic's David Chaney & Ben Harris, split at least $10 million in profits from 2013 to 2018. The Epic scandal offers some unique insights into both the for-profit charter’s culture and the nature of the school privatization movement, as well as the downsides of online instruction in an age of corporate school reform.  Their statistical and financial gamesmanship has been bad enough.Epic et.al have undermined public schools by slandering educators and education advocates. It is their willingness to say anything and to falsely demonize opponents that has most corrupted our constitutional democracy. And that may be the saddest truth about the tragic results of the school privatization era.  Why do legislators and governors allow this scam to proliferate?' READ...'

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With 15,880 separate school system in 50 states the snake oil sellers have pounced... stealing public money and undermining our INSTITUTION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Coast to coast scams...

Take a look at the New Orleans charter Scam:Mercedes Schneider On NOLA Charter Chaos

California: "Inspire" Charter Chain Grows While Floundering

The San Diego Union-Tribune featured a front-page top-of-the-fold story by Kristin Talk about the deepening troubles of the "Inspire" charter chain, which is growing across the state despite academic and financial woes.

so much more... go to my series here at OpED.

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"Epic also used, or misused, the state's charter conversion law to take over rural school districts through what one superintendent calls "predatory marketing," using misleading advertising in "aggressive attempts to attract students and teachers from surrounding school districts even in the middle of the academic year."

The online charters still do this in Ohio, despite the weak and unenforceable "reforms" that charter lobbyists drafted and passed into law.

No one seems to know how much public funding they spend on advertising, and no one seems to care. This is AFTER saw had the single largest fraud in the state's history- the ECOT scandal. The students stay in the online school for a period of months, then transfer back to the public school- way behind and making it impossible for public schools to plan or budget. But no one cares about that either- existing public schools or public school students were not considered important enough to think about when the charter promotions were launched. If there's collateral damage on public school students, who cares? Ed reformers aren't interested.

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