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How a couple worked charter school regulations to make millions - Los Angeles Times

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  This is   a powerful expose  of California’s “Wild West” charter industry -- first of 3 articles. This  1992 charter law allowed for charter schools to be authorized and overseen by hundreds of school districts. It also allowed for multiple appeals if schools were denied. California law also enables troubled charter operators to escape sanction or scrutiny by moving to school districts more willing to accept them. Clark & Jeanette Parker were charter operators who used all the choices to make millions.The Parkers have used this to their advantage, keeping one step ahead of the regulators.” Financial records show the Parkers’ schools have paid more than $800,000 annually to rent buildings they own. The charters have contracted out services to the Parkers’ nonprofits and companies and paid Clark Parker generous consulting fees, all with taxpayer money, a Times investigation found.'

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Incredible.California: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Charter Sector

"This is so easily accomplished. You see, there are almost SIXTEEN THOUSAND separate school systems in FIFTY states, and most folks I meet do not know what is afoot in the district next door, let alone the schools in their own districts!" Here is a link to my series at OEN Maligned in the media as 'failing,' so many school systems are ripe for conquering with 'policies' issued by legislatures, with not an educator on board

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"NJ taxpayers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to construct and renovate charter school buildings, but the public doesn't own them.
School buildings that are paid for with millions of dollars in public money but owned by private groups.
Inflated rents, high interest rates and unexplained costs borne by taxpayers.
And tax dollars used to pay rents that far exceed the debt on some school buildings.
This is the world of charter school real estate in New Jersey.""NorthJersey.com and the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey reviewed tens of thousands of pages of documents, including lease, property and financing records, state-issued bond sales and audits involving a cross section of charter schools around the state." it was inevitable that the public would find out that they're paying for this real estate and these school facilities but they then don't own the property or buildings.In some of these cases they're paying for the school twice- they paid to build the school and then they pay rent to occupy it. Just crazy. And completely unregulated. The state doesn't even review the contracts.


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