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Donald Trump, ahead in new Ohio poll, swings through Cleveland: Ohio Politics Roundup
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visits a Cleveland charter school to talk education. The billionaire leads Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Read more in today's Ohio Politics Roundup. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visits a Cleveland charter school to talk education. The billionaire leads Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Read more in today's Ohio Politics Roundup. Trump's Throwback Thursday: During a visit to a charter school on Cleveland's East Side, Trump looked to the past while continuing to make his case for an urban agenda, cleveland.com's Andrew J. Tobias reported. "If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two World Wars, I have no doubt that we can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in the country," Trump said during his 40-minute speech, which focused on education issues. The scene at Trump's visit: Trump fans and detractors peacefully faced off before the billionaire's appearance at the Cleveland Arts & Social Sciences Academy charter school, cleveland.com reporter Henry Gomez writes. "Fans of the Republican nominee for president outnumbered the foes. Their encounter was mostly peaceful, but hardly polite," writes Gomez, who posted a video of the encounter. "Most of those outside demonstrating against Trump were abortion-rights advocates who are upset with the New York businessman's shifty, but ultimately anti-abortion stance." Background on Trump's charter school visit: The owner of the charter school Trump visited, Ron Packard, is a "major figure in the national charter school community for years," Plain Dealer reporter Patrick O'Donnell writes. "He's also made several moves in the last two years to be a significant charter school force in Ohio." Packard said he did not offer his school to Trump because he is a supporter. "My position is irrelevant," he said. "I wouldn't say I am a supporter or I'm not. I support school choice and what's relevant is the attention for high quality charter schools." Trump's visit to CASSA was not without controversy, O'Donnell writes. Critics "blasted the choice of CASSA for Trump's speech today, pointing to the school's poor grades on Ohio's 2014-15 school report cards," O'Donnell writes. "CASSA, located at 10701 Shaker Blvd., received a D for Performance Index, a composite of scores across multiple grades and subjects that Ohio uses to summarize results." Things are looking up for Trump in Ohio:  The billionaire leads Clinton in the Buckeye State by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. "The Quinnipiac University survey marks the first time Trump has led an Ohio presidential poll since May," cleveland.com reporter Jeremy Pelzer writes. "The survey found that Trump leads Clinton 41 percent to 37 percent among likely Ohio voters. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson polled 14 percent, while the Green Party's Jill Stein had 4 percent support. In a head-to-head matchup, the poll found that Trump is ahead of Clinton 46 percent to 45 percent. "The results show that Ohio's presidential election may ultimately be decided by supporters of Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, according to Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll." Ohio generals support Clinton: Two Ohio generals stressed their support for Clinton in Cleveland on Tuesday, ahead of Trump's visit. "Four Star Retired Gen. Johnnie Wilson, who grew up in Lorain, emphasized Clinton's commitment to the military and their families -- and said he was hurt by Trump's criticism of a Khizr Khan, a Muslim American military father who lost his son in Iraq," I write in my report. "Hillary has been a staunch supporter of the military her entire adult life," Wilson said.  "She understands what a military family endures."  Higher taxes? Ten school districts across Cuyahoga County plan to ask voters in this November for more money. "Four of those issues ask voters to approve more tax dollars for expenses. Another two are bond issues that would raise money for school construction and renovation," cleveland.com reporter Robert Higgs writes. "The remaining four issues are a combination of the two - issues that would allow the district to sell bonds for construction and improvement projects and levy a tax to pay off those bonds. They also would levy an additional tax for further improvements." Protecting victims: People who survived domestic abuse can now vote in Ohio without having their address becoming public, cleveland.com reporter Emily Bamforth writes. "The Safe At Home program aims to protect Ohioans whose abusers might seek out their public information," Bamforth writes. "Its launch comes a month before the deadline for voter registration for this year's presidential election." Marijuana and Ohio: Medical marijuana became legal in Ohio on Thursday -- but patients won't be able to purchase the drug in the Buckeye State for another year or two, cleveland.com reporter Jackie Borchardt writes. "Starting today, patients who would qualify for the program have an 'affirmative defense' against prosecution for possessing marijuana and paraphernalia that would be legal under the law, if a doctor signs off," Borchardt writes. "The affirmative defense only protects patients using one of the forms described in the law: Marijuana-infused edibles, tinctures, oils, patches and plant material. The law prohibits smoking marijuana and allows vaping, but the final list of approved forms and methods will be decided by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy." The law doesn't make it clear how patients are supposed to procure the drug. It's illegal to grow in Ohio, and it's against federal law to bring marijuana from a legal state into Ohio. Meanwhile: A state lawmaker is asking Ohio municipalities to not ban or restrict medical marijuana. "In an open letter, Sen. Kenny Yuko acknowledged the concerns communities have about Ohio's new medical marijuana law but reminded them it will be months or even years before businesses will be growing or selling marijuana," Borchardt writes. "The Richmond Heights Democrat issued the letter on Wednesday, the day before Ohio's medical marijuana took effect." "I understand the urge to act, but keep an open mind," Yuko wrote. "Please consider all the good that this medicine can do for the citizens of your communities." Other parts of the country watching Ohio: Medical marijuana observers in Colorado, a state that helped pioneer the drug, see potential in Ohio's future marketplace. "Medicine Man was among the first medical marijuana companies in Colorado, and it plans to help Ohio businesses get off the ground. Carrie Roberts, a licensing consultant with the company's consulting arm, Medicine Man Technologies, said the law's medical conditions and allowed forms should encourage a healthy market," Borchardt writes. "The rules we've seen so far are very robust and it looks like Ohio could be a very good marketplace both for patients and business operators," Roberts told Borchardt.  Ohio Senate race: Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Ted Strickland's campaign is criticizing a new Rob Portman TV ad, which touts the senator's work on behalf of an Ohio company previously accused of delivering faulty helmets to the U.S. Army, cleveland.com reporter Jeremy Pelzer reports. The ad, seen on the air in Cleveland, highlights the Republican senator's efforts to ensure Hebron-based ArmorSource was able to successfully bid to make the Army's lightweight advanced combat helmet, securing more than 200 jobs. But earlier this year, ArmorSource paid $3 million to settle allegations that a different kind of helmet, sold to the U.S. military between 2006 and 2009, failed ballistic safety tests. Strickland campaign spokesman David Bergstein said in a statement that Portman should apologize to Ohio's military families and take down the ad. "It's hard to know what's worse: that Senator Portman would champion a company that was endangering the lives of our military service members by producing faulty helmets, or that Portman is using this same company to try and win his political campaign," Bergstein said. Portman campaign spokeswoman Michawn Rich said in a statement that the Republican incumbent is "proud" to have helped ArmorSource secure the contract. An ArmorSource spokesman didn't return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment. Beautiful politicos: Bay Village native and Rep. Tim Ryan legislative aide Samantha Fay made The Hill's 50 most beautiful list. How exciting for her. In a short profile, the 25-year-old reveals her feelings about makeup. We learn that, for Fay, "having a polished look is just as important in her professional life as having refined policy chops," The Hill writes. "Wearing makeup is like putting on your war paint," Fay told the Hill. "It calms me down, I can relax into it, and at the end of it, I feel like I am ready for anything." She also likes to dance. Get Battleground Briefing, our FREE politics newsletter, delivered to your inbox: Sign up here. Tips or links? Send here. Follow along on Twitter: @_marykilpatrick.
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For the future of New York’s kids: Post endorsements in legislative primaries
Tuesday’s primaries will effectively decide the final winner in legislative races across New York. In many Democratic districts, the nominee is unlikely to agree with us on taxes, crime or other issues. But Democrats are divided on one of our top concerns — creating new and better options for New York’s schoolchildren. Lawmakers answering to...
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Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state
The Republican nominee faced questions about his visit before he even arrived.
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Owner of charter school hosting Donald Trump today is a national charter figure with a growing Ohio presence
Donald Trump's speech at the Cleveland Arts and Sciences Academy (CASSA) charter school draws attention to the ACCEL charter network created by former K12 Inc founder Ron Packard Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump's appearance this afternoon at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy (CASSA) is drawing attention to a charter school that usually escapes notice. But its owner Ron Packard has been a major figure in the national charter school community for years as the founder and former CEO of online school powerhouse K12 Inc. He's also made several moves in the last two years to be a significant charter school force in Ohio. Packard helped build K12 into the largest provider of online classes, with e-schools in multiple states. Those include Ohio Virtual Academy, the second-largest  online school in Ohio, with 13,000 students. But Packard left K12 in 2014 and founded Pansophic Learning to create the new ACCEL Schools charter school network. Last year, he bought management rights to 12 schools from controversial charter operator White Hat Management and several schools, including CASSA, from the financially-struggling but higher-performing Mosaica network. Included in that group was Mosaica's highly-rated Columbus Preparatory Academy, which regularly is among the top-scoring charter schools on Ohio's state tests. "By purchasing both of these entities, it gave us a base business to build off of," Packard said late last year. "It's just very hard to start from nothing. We will open a lot of new schools, but this gave us a critical operating mass from which to build on." Accel schools now has 27 schools in Colorado, Ilinois, Michigan and Minnesota, with  the majority here in Ohio. Packard said he is not seeking to add online schools to compete with K12, but to run more traditional brick-and-mortar charters with some technology added to the mix. "My goal here is to have a network of extremely high-performing schools," he said. "That's what all charter schools should strive to do." Packard said he did not offer his school to Trump today because he is a supporter. "My position is irrelevant," he said. "I wouldn't say I am a supporter or I'm not. I support school choice and what's relevant is the attention for high quality charter schools." Before Trump's speech, Packard moderated a panel discussion of school choice and the value of charters. Charter critics, however, blasted the choice of CASSA for Trump's speech today, pointing to the school's poor grades on Ohio's 2014-15 school report cards. CASSA, located at 10701 Shaker Blvd., received a D for Performance Index, a composite of scores across multiple grades and subjects that Ohio uses to summarize results. The school also received an F in value-added, a measure of student growth and academic progress over a school year. "I'm sure you've seen by now that Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy today," said former state representative Steve Dyer, now a researcher for the union-aligned Innovation Ohio think tank. "I assume it's to argue for charter school efficacy. However, this schools received an F in student growth last year. Cleveland Municipal Schools got a C. " He continued: "So why would Trump visit such a school? Could it be because it is run by a for-profit company whose founder is a notable (and wealthy) player active in education politics? " Packard said that criticism is unfair and noted that CASSA's scores plummeted in 2014-15 in Ohio's first year using online Common Core-based tests through PARCC. Ohio dumped PARCC last summer after schools had many problems with its online platform. "I view all PARCC results as basically invalid and that's why the state has given all the public schools basically a pass on it," Packard said, referring to the "safe harbor" Ohio has set to prevent any  negative consequences of poor test scores as the state transitions to new tests. In 2013-14, before PARCC, CASSA received a C for Performance Index and an A for the value-added progress measure. New state report cards for 2015-16, the first year after PARCC, will be released next Thursday.
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New Ohio schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria must advocate for children: editorial
Ohio's new schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria has a chance to show that he can stand up to political pressure, unlike some of the state's recent superintendents, and that he will be a committed advocate for our children, writes the editorial board. Ohio's new schools superintendent, Paolo DeMaria, might have a hard time filling the shoes of some of his predecessors -- not because they were so big, but because they were so small.  More on Ohio's new school chief This gives DeMaria an opportunity to show that his key concern is ensuring that Ohio's children get a top-notch education and that their parents and the public have a permanent seat at the table for any decisions. In particular, DeMaria needs to work hard to keep the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) insulated from political pressure. His predecessors did not achieve those goals. Richard Ross, who retired last year, was sandbagged by former school choice director David Hansen's deliberate omission of the failing grades of online charter schools. Hansen resigned from ODE soon after. He is the husband of Beth Hansen, Kasich's chief of staff and former presidential campaign manager.   Before that, schools Superintendent Stan Heffner handed in his retirement papers in 2012 after Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer said he lobbied the state on behalf of an education company he had agreed to work for -- which shows he had little consideration for the needs of Ohio's children or its taxpayers.  DeMaria ought to set the bar higher for the Ohio superintendency than it has been for some time.  There are clear signs that DeMaria is willing to do the job -- especially given his crackdown on inadequate reporting by publicly funded charter schools in Ohio -- but to ensure that DeMaria has a clear field for reform, there needs to be a change in the governor's office as well. About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for cleveland.com. // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> Gov. John Kasich must be more outspoken and explicit in showing his support for DeMaria in his fight with politically connected charter school interests. Admirably, DeMaria has resisted legislative efforts to defang House Bill 2, Ohio's tough new charter school reform law that requires improved ODE evaluations and oversight. That's critical, since some Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly already have blocked a new rule prompted by HB 2 that required charter school sponsors to prove to the state that they are complying with all of its rules - about 300 in all. Instead, lawmakers sent the rule to a rule-making committee to evaluate, a delaying tactic that could take months. The evaluations are supposed to be done by Oct. 15. DeMaria, in response, decided to take a random sample of 10 percent of each of the sponsors' schools to meet the requirement and complete the evaluations by the deadline. That was smart. But Kasich should have spoken up and told meddlesome legislators to follow the law. Speak up for charter school reform, Gov. Kasich ODE under DeMaria has also been fighting a legal battle to get student attendance records from ECOT, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school that has been criticized by the state for failing to show that its students have the required 920 hours of active learning in an academic year. DeMaria also has to make sure that the 19-member elected state board of education -- his immediate bosses -- and the public are in the loop.  That didn't happen under Ross, who engaged, with the help of some Mahoning County officials and others, in a top-secret state takeover of the underperforming Youngstown schools without the knowledge of either state school board members or the city. Ross' lack of full transparency poisoned politics on the board and tainted his reputation. DeMaria needs to learn from his predecessors' mistakes and make sure he is an honest advocate who sees his job as working on behalf of Ohio's children and being open and honest with the public. If he can achieve those goals, he could be one of the best superintendents that Ohio has had in some time. Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings just below.
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Traffic pollution poses invisible health risk for dozens of Denver schools
A new online mapping tool, part of a joint investigative project by two nonprofit news organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and Reveal, puts the issue in stark relief. Residents across Colorado and the nation can easily check which schools fall into red zones where traffic volume, and the accompanying air pollution, is worst, and orange zones where traffic volume is lower, but still potentially problematic for kids and staff who may spend long hours at their schools.
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Candidates for California governor touch on role of charter schools at a cordial forum
Essential Politics: Gov. Jerry Brown visits Washington, D.C., Schwarzenegger blasts Trump's approval ratings March 23, 2017, 4:52 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov. Jerry Brown is in Washington,...
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Philly district releases new charter school evaluations

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Would 8:30 a.m. start time help students do better?
Essential Education: Restorative justice for parents Feb. 15, 2017, 4:02 p.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest: L.A. Unified is looking at a way to smooth conflict between parents and schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy...
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State school board president resigns over chimpanzee tweet
In an interview Wednesday morning, Mark Miller said his tweet had been 'misinterpreted and mischaracterized.'
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Feds cite D.C. charters for high suspension rates, particularly for black students
A new Government Accountability Office report says suspension and expulsion rates for charters in Washington, D.C., are double the national rates and disproportionately high for black students and those with disabilities.
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Public schools step up fight to win back charter students

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Fired employee files whistle-blower suit against Aspira, says federal probe underway

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Essential Education: What changes does Betsy DeVos have in mind?
Essential Education: What changes does Betsy DeVos have in mind? Feb. 9, 2017, 10:30 a.m. In an effort to make refugees feel welcome, California lawmakers have introduced legislation to give them immediate in-state tuition and get more translators for schools. Because of a shift in the investing...
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Should Colorado charter schools get a share of local tax increases? Some Colorado lawmakers think so.
Teachers at the Ricardo Flores Magón Academy charter school in Westminster have been forced to take four days of unpaid leave to help balance this year’s budget.
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Parents, students rally against charter school cap
ALBANY — About 1,500 charter school students and parents descended on the state capital Tuesday to demand that lawmakers eliminate a cap on charters, fund them at a level comparable to other public schools and allow co-locations. The annual Charter School Advocacy Day included visits to lawmakers offices and a rally where several elected officials...
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North Las Vegas assemblywoman’s bill would end Achievement School District
A bill to kill the controversial charter school district established in the last legislative session was introduced Tuesday.
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What you need to know about Betsy DeVos
Here is a recap of the Detroit Free Press coverage over the past few years as it pertains to charter schools in Detroit        
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U.S. Senate must reject DeVos appointment
DeVos is unqualified in every respect to serve as head of this critical department.        
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Now Cuomo and de Blasio are squabbling over school funding
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are waging a nasty food fight over education funding. Cuomo delivered a shot at City Hall, claiming he and state lawmakers have done more to aid New York City schools than the mayor and the City Council. Cuomo’s budget office said the state increased education aid to the city...
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Betsy DeVos and the twilight of public education
Are parents nationwide about to confront the same dubious choices the parents of Detroit's schoolchildren face?       
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Bills could give charters a new path toward approval, more money
Lawmakers this session might give would-be charter schools a third path to authorization – and charters in general a substantial bump in funding to boot. Right now, only local school boards and the state board of education have the right to authorize charter school applicants to open up shop in New...
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De Blasio embraces ‘separate and unequal’ for city schools
Now we know: Mayor de Blasio is sticking by his policy on charter schools — “separate and unequal.” That’s the thrust of the city’s offer of 1,000 middle-school seats to Success Academy, which needs 1,700 for children graduating from Grade 4 this coming spring. That’s only 58 percent. It’s not because the Department of Education...
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So, about Trump's $20B school choice proposal
One idea captured everyone’s attention: his plan to give families $20 billion in taxpayer funds to send kids to school of their choice.         
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Trump's school choice proposal a 'mandate' that was 'never talked about'
One idea captured everyone’s attention: his plan to give families $20 billion in taxpayer funds to send kids to school of their choice.       
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NYC scores big by hanging on to charter-school visionary Eva Moskowitz
New York City school kids caught a break Thursday when Eva Moskowitz took herself out of the running to be Donald Trump’s secretary of education. The Success Academy Charter Network CEO met with Trump a day earlier and was rumored to be under consideration for the job. But the kids need her here. And here,...
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Mastery Charter Schools to pay $2,000 to settle city ethics complaint
Mastery Charter Schools has agreed to pay the city's Board of Ethics $2,000 to settle a complaint stemming from a campaign earlier this year to convert Wister Elementary into a charter school.
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Chicago Public Schools notifies families of student data breach
Chicago Public Schools has notified families that one of its employees improperly distributed confidential student information to a charter school operator for use in a mail advertising campaign. The Chicago Board of Education had received complaints from parents who had received unsolicited postcards...
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CPS worker gave student names, addresses to charter for mailers
A CPS employee improperly released some student names, home addresses and current schools — information used in a charter school recruitment mailing.
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5 new charter schools apply to open in Philly
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Audit: PA Cyber use of taxpayer dollars shows weakness of state charter law
The state’s largest cyber charter school paid millions of taxpayer dollars to a management company, an arts center, another charter school, and other entities tied to the school’s founder, according to Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog, and called again for an overhaul of what he called the nation’s worst charter law.
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