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The Biggest Charter Heist in History-More than $50 Million and Still Counting; by Mercedes Schneider

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Mercedes Schneider read the voluminous indictment of the founders of the online charter chain called A3. She describes  the counts in the indictment in this post:  67 counts detailed in the 235-page indictment of Sean McManus, Jason Schrock, and nine others who used weaknesses in California's charter school laws to construct a network of fraud and launder $50M in public funds into their own pockets over the course of years. These 11 individuals (and unidentified others) did so by opening multiple charter schools and using companies, both pre-existing and newly-created, to establish a complex system of self-dealing– with little to no education actually happening via those exploited, educational dollars."

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