Ted Morris, Jr., resigned his post as leader of the newly authorized charter school called “Greater Works Charter School,” after numerous revelations about discrepancies in his resume. The charter board still plans to open the school in September 2015.

 

Peter Greene reviews the accumulation of new details about the young man, age 22, who was granted a charter by the New York State Board of Regents and has a question: If he and other bloggers and one reporter were able to determine in only 24 hours of Internet searching that this young man did not graduate from the Rochester high school that he claimed on his resume, that it was uncertain whether he had earned a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree or a doctorate, why didn’t the New York State Board of Regents know these things before handing out a charter to someone who had never taught or run a school?

 

Mercedes Schneider wonders too about the vetting process of the New York State Board of Regents. Do the Regents care about the experience of qualifications of those who are granted a charter to run a school with public funds?

 

She writes:

 

The short of it: This guy is lying about his credentials, and NY Regents just approved him to run a NY charter school at $12,340 per student for the life of the charter (see page 56 of 2014 application), with 96 students approved for 2015-16. Morris admits in the second D&C article seeking his charter board “through posts on Craigslist, Linkedin, and websites for nonprofits” and has used their credentials to help dress up what is an impressive charter operation on paper.

D&C could not reach either of two NY Regents members for comment on Morris’ application approval.

If NY Regents really has students’ best interests in mind, it would seem that thorough checks on the references of charter applicants would be in order.

 

The Perdido Street Blogger reports that the young entrepreneur has resigned from the board of the charter school that he was supposed to lead, and asks the logical question:

 

Now comes the work of holding the Board of Regents accountable for giving approval to this fraud’s charter school and using this fiasco as Exhibit A when Cuomo, King and Tisch look to raise or eliminate the charter cap in New York State.

If Dr Ted Morris Jr, huckster extraordinaire, could get a charter in New York State now before the cap is lifted or eliminated, just wait and see what happens after the cap is increased or ended completely.

 

Chancellor Merryl Tisch has admitted that she hopes to spread charters across the state, and Commissioner John King is a charter school founder from a “no-excuses” charter school with the highest suspension rate in Massachusetts.

 

A sign of coming attractions: Jonathan Pelto has sent a request to state and city officials in New York asking for a formal investigation of Steve Perry’s recently approved charter school in New York City. Pelto writes that Perry, an employee of the Hartford, Connecticut, public schools, is planning to use copyrighted material for the benefit of his private charter company:

 

Either the Commissioner, staff and Regent’s Committee were unaware that Mr. Perry and his fellow charter school applicants do not own the concepts, materials or intellectual property that they claim or the Commissioner, staff and Committee was aware of this issue and are intentionally engaging in what appear to be Mr, Perry’s criminal violation of copyrighted material owned by the Hartford, Connecticut Board of Education…

 

Throughout the application, and in the hearings, meetings and communications associated with his attempt to get garner approval from the New York Board of Regents for his Harlem charter school application, Mr. Perry consistently claimed that he and his company own the concepts, materials and intellectual property associated with the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford and have the legal right to “replicate” that school in New York using materials created for the Connecticut public school.

 

However, neither Steve Perry nor his private company has any legal right to those concepts, materials or intellectual property.

 

Since Steve Perry and his associates are full-time employees of the Hartford Board of Education, the copyright laws are extremely clear. Concepts, materials and intellectual property created by employees of a school district are the sole property of the school district….

 

Mr. Perry and his company are seeking to use copyrighted materials for personal gain, which of course, is an extremely serious and potentially criminal offense. According to federal law, “A commercially motivated infringer can receive up to a five-year federal prison term and $250,000 in fines. (17 U.S.C. § 506(a)), 18 U.S.C. § 2319)

 

Mr. Perry’s application to open a charter school in Harlem contains numerous claims that he is basing his work plan on concepts, materials and intellectual property that he does not own or have the right to utilize.

 

Someone at the New York State Board of Regents should take note and pay attention to due diligence.