As readers of this blog know, the School Reform Commission of Philadelphia has recommended a vast expansion of charter schools.
It is acting on the recommendation of the Boston Consulting Group, business management consultants with no deep knowledge of education but a deep love of privatization.
The business leaders of Philadelphia are pushing hard for the privatization plan.
But today, the U.S. Attorney for Philadelphia charged a major charter school leader in Philadelphia with multiple violations of the law:
A charter school mogul was charged today in a multimillion dollar fraud case by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Dorothy June Hairston Brown, who received accolades for students’ test scores and gained notoriety for collecting large salaries and suing parents who questioned her actions was indicted on multiple counts of wire fraud, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
Brown, a former Philadelphia school district principal, founded three small charter schools in Philadelphia: the Laboratory which has campuses in Northern Liberties, Overbrook and Wynnefield; Ad Prima in Overbrook and Planet Abacus in Tacony.
In addition, in 2005 she helped create the Agora Cyber Charter School, which provides online instruction to students from across the state in their homes.
An article in another paper says that $6.5 million was misappropriated.
Really, in light of the latest charter school scandal in Philadelphia, can the city’s leaders continue to demand the creation of even more unregulated, privately-managed schools?