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Thu Oct 8, 2015, 11:26 AM

The Ugly Charter School Scandal Arne Duncan Is Leaving Behind

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s surprise announcement to leave his position in December is making headlines and driving lots of commentary, but an important story lost in the media clutter happened three days before he gave notice.

On that day, Duncan rattled the education policy world with news of a controversial grant of $249 million ($157 the first year) to the charter school industry. This announcement was controversial because, as The Washington Post reports, an audit by his department’s own inspector general found “that the agency has done a poor job of overseeing federal dollars sent to charter schools.”

Post reporter Lynsey Layton notes, “The agency’s inspector general issued a scathing report in 2012 that found deficiencies in how the department handled federal grants to charter schools between 2008 and 2011″ – in other words, during Duncan’s watch.

Even more perplexing is that the largest grant of $71 million ($32.5 the first year) is going to Ohio, the state that has the worst reputation for allowing low-performing charter schools to divert tax money away from educational purposes and do little to raise the achievement of students.

A number of Ohio officials were shocked by the news.

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Thu Oct 8, 2015, 12:11 PM

1. Down here in SW Ohio, one of the ongoing scandals was a charter school

in which most of the jobs seemed to be held by people related to each other, and the building was rented from someone in the family at a pretty high rate too. I believe they went under mid-semester, after having bilked as much out of the public as they could.

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Thu Oct 8, 2015, 12:18 PM

2. Endorsed by the same union leadership that endorsed Hillary.

 

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Thu Oct 8, 2015, 03:16 PM

3. You need to repost this in GD

It's very important a lot of people see it.

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