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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:07 PM

FL private school owner has 4th failing school. Gets state voucher money with no oversight.

When public money is given to charter schools and private schools in Florida, it is given with little or no regulation on its use. McKay Vouchers are known for being monitored very little by the state.

That's a shame, since these vouchers are for students with disabilities.

The owner just keeps on getting permission to open schools.

Florida failing to hold private schools accountable, even with state money


The Prep Academy, 7700 Cortez Road West in Bradenton. GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald
gjefferies@bradenton.com


Several confounding questions surround yet another alarming situation at a private school owned by a man whose financial track record can only be described as wanting at best. The Prep Academy is now the fourth school owned by Hendrik Lamprecht to fall into deep trouble, though its exact status remains hazy.

Prep's former principal, Theresa Kern, exposed the dire situation in a detailed article by Herald education reporter Katy Bergen last week. Incredibly, Kern often had to produce copies of textbook pages because classrooms lacked books.

Yet parents paid a $250 book fee, never saw textbooks in classroom, and their children never came home with any.

.."Private schools are another matter, being free of the state rules that govern charter and public schools. Florida law doesn't require private schools to certify that teachers are qualified to instruct students with special needs before receiving McKay funds, nor do statutes mandate oversight on how a school spends McKay money. Once parents endorse a scholarship check over to a school, they have little influence.

Amazingly, the state does not ask private schools about curriculum.


I had no trouble finding this article on Google. I have reread it for a couple of days. Now all of a sudden it wants me to subscribe. If you don't want to subscribe, trust me...I have quoted exactly.

Here is more about Lamprecht's other failures. Apparently it is true that accountability is only for public school teachers.

From last year:

Florida investor plagued by lawsuits, one by former teachers not paid...wants to open new school.


GRANT JEFFERIES/gjefferies@bradenton.com Bradenton Prep CEO Hendrik Lamprecht and coach Walt Williams

Lamprecht invested in Bradenton Prep in December 2009 when the school owed more than $1 million in federal payroll taxes, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The full dollar amount of his investment in the school was never revealed. But shortly after he invested, a lender won a $3.68 million foreclosure judgment against the school and repossessed the school’s former campus at 7900 40th Ave. W. in July 2010.

Lamprecht has been embroiled in at least five other lawsuits. One lawsuit was filed by 12 former teachers of Bradenton Prep who said they weren’t paid last year. Those lawsuits are still open, according to the county’s clerk of court website.

Lamprecht says the plaintiffs cannot prove he is financially liable for the school’s debts. Until they can, he said, “I care less with what they say.”


This paragraph from Channel 10 WTSP in Tampa is almost unbelievable.

In July of last year our photojournalist went to Bradenton Prep for a 10 a.m. scheduled interview Lamprecht was not happy to see us. The photographer says Lamprecht came up from behind and hit him over the head. Lamprecht apologized, but did not keep the interview. Ten News will try again later this month.


Schools like this with no oversight are taking taxpayer money from public education while public school teachers are blamed for most everything.








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Reply FL private school owner has 4th failing school. Gets state voucher money with no oversight. (Original post)
madfloridian Dec 2012 OP
Baitball Blogger Dec 2012 #1
madfloridian Dec 2012 #4
msongs Dec 2012 #2
madfloridian Dec 2012 #3
Whovian Dec 2012 #5
DonCoquixote Dec 2012 #6
madfloridian Dec 2012 #7
DonCoquixote Dec 2012 #8
MichiganVote Dec 2012 #9
gollygee Dec 2012 #10
marmar Dec 2012 #11
madfloridian Dec 2012 #24
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #12
madfloridian Dec 2012 #25
liberal_at_heart Dec 2012 #13
madfloridian Dec 2012 #14
liberal_at_heart Dec 2012 #15
madfloridian Dec 2012 #16
liberal_at_heart Dec 2012 #17
madfloridian Dec 2012 #19
WhoIsNumberNone Dec 2012 #18
riqster Dec 2012 #21
HankyDub Dec 2012 #20
madfloridian Dec 2012 #22
ReRe Dec 2012 #23
madfloridian Dec 2012 #29
MrSlayer Dec 2012 #26
madfloridian Dec 2012 #27
madfloridian Dec 2012 #28
ReRe Dec 2012 #30
madfloridian Dec 2012 #31

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:11 PM

1. I don't know why Florida isn't being used as the test site for the flaws in the

charter school trend. God knows we have quite a bit to work with.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:26 PM

4. Agree on that.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:13 PM

2. race to the top. maybe they can hire arne duncan to be principal nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:23 PM

3. Heh heh

I hate that he announced he would keep the same agenda this term. Shows they are not listening to teachers or parents.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:30 PM

5. K&R

 

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:32 PM

6. Yet another part of Florida

Set up for the benefit of crooks that will simply outrun the law..

As I said long ago, Florida has had a history where a bunch of Pirate and Scoundrels use it as a place to plunder and hide from justice. It was true of Buccaneers, true of "settlers" that claimed land that was never theirs, slavers, mobsters, and every criminal the Americas have produced. The fox is not only in the hen house, but runs it! We took Rick Scott, the person behind the largest medicare fraud ever and made him governor.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:46 PM

7. And you would be surprised at how many are still proud of Scott.

I have neighbors who still brag about getting him elected.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:01 PM

8. No I would not

As many in my family are raving mad Tea Party...of course, not like Alex Sink ran a great campaign. Keep in mind, I am realizing that I will likely have to vote for Charlie Crist just to get Scott out, and I would not trust Charlie with a ham sandwich.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:13 PM

9. K&R

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:15 PM

10. K&R

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:16 PM

11. Kids are guinea pigs in the education privatization trials.....


...... What's being done to our kids is criminal.


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Response to marmar (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:08 AM

24. Yes, they are being used that way.

It angers me that no one in our party's leadership is speaking out to stop the madness.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:25 PM

12. k&r

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:53 AM

25. Thank you much.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:31 PM

13. I feel bad for anyone with kids in school these days including myself but I really feel bad

for Floridians. I think I would rather home school than subject my children to the kind of schools that are in Florida.

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:38 PM

14. Our public schools are good.

Better than many private schools and charter schools. However, since they are taking money from public schools to give to charters and private schools, there will soon be real damage done.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:41 PM

15. well I'm glad to hear you have some good public schools

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:47 PM

16. Who told you we didn't have them?

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #16)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:49 PM

17. that's all that gets written about

I'm glad it's not as bad as it sounds.

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:14 PM

19. I know what you mean..it's the reformer propaganda.

It really has worked well, unfortunately.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:51 PM

18. Why is public money being used to support "pivate" enterprise?

Isn't that a bit like socialism? I guess "Big Government" is OK when it benefits something right wingers like....

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Response to WhoIsNumberNone (Reply #18)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:53 PM

21. It's the same in Ohio

Bastards!

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:25 PM

20. unfortunately, as madfloridian knows very well

 

this is the rule, not the exception. Near me, in Oakland CA, the board authorized even more money for the "American Indian Charter school" despite the fact that its CEO was under investigation for fraud at the time.

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Response to HankyDub (Reply #20)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:08 PM

22. I was just reading some stuff about that school.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:09 PM

23. This is absolutely horrible

Students with disabilities. In a charter school. Four schools in all. Are all four of the schools strictly for children with disabilities?

And Mr CEO Hendrik Lamprecht hits the reporter on the back of the head? I would have filed a complaint of assault on that SOB at the nearest police office. Doesn't matter if the reporter did not call for an appointment. Assault is Assault. And especially if the reporter was a woman.

The altercation with the reporter reveals the very reason that charter schools for any children, anywhere in the US is wrong. There is no oversight. No monitoring. No accountability. No regulations. This is a big huge red flag. And the CEO probably has no degree as an educator.

This country is turning into a work of bizarre ill-fated social science fiction. Who signed this law? Clinton?(wouldn't surprise me), but more likely GWB?

Some journalist needs to blow the top off of these secret for-profit "schools." Something like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, only not a novel.
Thanks madfloridian for bringing this to our attention.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #23)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:24 PM

29. Agreed.

These McKay vouchers have produced some very shady private schools with questionable owners.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:05 AM

26. How does one get in on this racket?

 

Seriously, at this point we might as well get in on it while there are still tax dollars available.

This is a goddamn disgrace.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:12 AM

27. You gotta be rich. You must have no conscience.

And you probably don't care about the students, just your profit.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:26 PM

28. Dec. 7 update on Prep Academy from WTSP. Video includes attack on photographer.

http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/286071/250/Is-Bradentons-The-Prep-Academy-Closing-

"Bradenton, Florida - The Prep Academy is a private Bradenton school that continues to find itself in financial and legal trouble. It may be shutting its doors - or is it?

Clayton Houston says a school official says they are open. "They said they're not closing."

In an email to parents, school officials say the 6-12th grade program will close December 21st, but parents have reportedly been told the entire school will be closing then."

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #28)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:35 PM

30. This should be the end of the "Charter School" pharse...

?No? These people get away with murder, though it seems. This is what privatization of the commons does. It destroys it and walks off with the money, scott free, with no repercussions. That's is what is becoming America, IF SOMEONE DOESN'T STOP IT!

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Response to ReRe (Reply #30)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:59 PM

31. They will keep getting away with it until...

people get irate at the perpetrators of the school privatization INSTEAD of getting upset with those of us who post about it.

This is part of the battle against unions and workers. You are so so right....we need to stop it.

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