Embattled Oklahoma charter school found to be pocketing 1 in 4 taxpayer dollars

Welcome to Cashing in on Kids, a newsletter for people fighting to stop the privatization of America’s public schools—produced by In the Public Interest.

Not a subscriber? Sign up. And make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

“I have seen a lot of fraud in my 23 years.” The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools has found that the organization sends about 1 in 4 taxpayer dollars it receives as a public school to its co-founders’ for-profit company. This includes funneling money to Epic’s California charter operations. Tulsa World

“We’re not anti-charter school.” The Buffalo Board of Education says it does not support any new charter schools because they are currently over saturating the city school district. One of the new charter schools being proposed is Learn4Life, a California-based charter school chain accused of allegedly scheming and hiding profits it made from the public. WKBW

Virtual discussion on a racially just school system. Join Learning Policy Institute and President of California State Board of Education Linda Darling-Hammond for a virtual discussion on restarting and reinventing a racially just school system in the time of COVID-19. Partnership for the Future of Learning

Soccer-focused charter school idea slammed by Pennsylvania school board. The Lancaster school district has castigated a proposal for a sports-infused charter school. In the Public Interest

Billionaires love charter schools. Author Shawgi Tell writes, “Their history shows that they have nothing to do with advancing the public interest, improving schools, or closing the ‘achievement gap.’ Nonprofit and for-profit charter schools have mainly made certain people richer. Dissident Voice

Photo credit the City Journal