"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Charter School Weekly Corruption Roundup

From San Diego:
An audit of a San Diego charter school that was rated one of the 10 best in the country revealed widespread grade tampering and only 26 percent of students passing advanced placement tests, it was reported Thursday.

The Preuss School at UC San Diego, which was heralded for turning poor and minority students into college candidates, has come under fire after an audit revealed that teachers awarded credit for classes students never took and padded grades. . . .
From Philadelphia:
A former dean of students at Mastery Charter School's Thomas campus in South Philadelphia is facing multiple charges alleging that he stole nearly $6,000 cash and student SEPTA tokens and TransPasses from the school over the weekend.

Antonio Dandridge, 35, who reportedly resigned from his charter school position last week, was arrested by police at his home in West Philadelphia on Monday night and charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property, a police spokeswoman said. . . .

And what would be corruption update without news from Florida, where Brighton Collegiate High has fielded another child molester--the third in two years. Highly qualified, no doubt:

BRIGHTON – There’s a new name, a new building and a new administrative team on board.

But last week’s news about another sex-assault case was old news at Brighton Collegiate High School.

Brighton police arrested one of the school’s teachers on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

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The board president of the Brighton Charter School, David Mundy Sr. resigned his position amid allegations of tampering with a witness and failure to report abuse in connection to the McCandless case. He pleaded guilty to failure to report child abuse on July 13 and received a $500 fine.

And former substitute teacher, David Mundy Jr., son of the past president at the school, drew a 60-day jail sentence and 10 years probation as a sex offender after pleading guilty to charges of sexual assault on a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor stemming from his part in a New Year’s Eve party that involved students and alcohol.

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