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

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Charter Operators Crime Log, Tuesday Edition

This guy didn't need no stinkin' oversight:

A charter school founder pleaded guilty today to five counts of theft and records tampering in relation to charges he misused school funds and services to improve his home.

Wilson Willard III, founder of the W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Over-the-Rhine, faced 14 charges, including theft, telecommunications fraud, tampering with school records and unauthorized use of property. If he had gone to court and been convicted on all charges, he could have faced up to 35 years in prison.

Even with the five charges he pleaded guilty to Tuesday, Willard could face up to 14 and a half years in prison, plus fines. . . .


  1. I would say "unbelievable", but really, is it?

  2. Anonymous1:45 PM

    I am a 30-year veteran classroom teacher in Southern California, where the Charter school movement is out of control.

    IMO, charter schools everywhere are likely to be hiding vast lists of abuses, from falsifying test scores, to faking student records, and misusing, or even STEALING OUTRIGHT, Public Tax Dollar$$$.

    Charter schools are basically LEGALIZED THIEVERY.

    many of the people who run them are rotten
    to the core.
    Sorry to tell you this America, but
    they are crooks.

    But by the time the Public gets informed & tries to do anything about it, Public coffer$ will be empty, and the Public schools will be a complete wreckage.

    Mission accomplished for Corporatists and rightwing destroyers of Public Education.

    Why doesn'T America wake up and realize: