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Concept Schools gets dumped


Tanya Koonce for Peoria Public Radio reports that an Illinois charter school, Quest Academy, voted to “let its contract with the academy’s current management group, Concept Schools, expire as of the end of July.” Nineteen Concept Charter Schools were recently raided by the FBI in three states as part of an “ongoing white-collar crime matter.”

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Imagine Schools ordered to pay $1 million for self dealing


The Columbus Dispatch reports more charter school finance and facility problems. In Missouri, a federal judge ordered Imagine Schools to pay $1 million for “forcing a lucrative lease agreement on a school it operated.” Under the complex deal, Imagine Schools negotiated the pricey lease with SchoolHouse Finance and presented it to the school board of […]

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Jeb Bush’s cozy relationship with for-profit charter schools


In the New Yorker’s article, Testing Time, Alec MacGillis takes a close look at Jeb Bush’s business history and political relationships that influence his involvement with the charter school movement. During Bush’s eight years as governor, the population exponentially grew and developers began opening charter schools “less as a means to innovate than as a […]

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