In Massachusetts, where the high-powered venture philanthropy organization, the Boston Foundation, and the charter public relations organ, the Boston Globe, form a formidable phalanx for pushing forward the charter agenda, most resistance to the apartheid public dollar sinks like the Hughes Academy has been ignored or bought up. Somehow the Hughes Academy continued to operate with impunity for years as a state-approved hothouse of "innovation," even though this corporate chain gang was called out four years ago "by the state auditor [who] discovered financial mismanagement related to operating deficits, questionable lease payments, no-bid contracts, undocumented expenditures on building improvements, and possible conflict of interest."
Nothing was done, even though the teacher turnover rate was between 30 and 50 percent per year, as the school's CEO was free to hire and fire anyone they wished, certified or not. By the way, the school's annual report for 2008 shows four paraprofessionals, a custodian, and three administrators for a school with 19 teachers. Talk about job creation!
It wasn't until the corrupt insiders hired a convicted felon to replace the principal, who had been placed on leave during the most recent testing scandal, that the media could no longer ignore the situation. Welcome to the 21st Century solution to schooling for the poor:
|Fred Swan takes over at Charter School|