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Sat Jan 5, 2013, 08:32 AM

Oregon charter school founders accused in $20 million racketeering lawsuit

Source: Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian

Tim King and Norm Donohoe, who ran a chain of taxpayer-funded charter schools across small-town Oregon from their headquarters in Clackamas, scammed the state out of $17 million and must repay that plus $2.7 million more, the state said in a court filing this week.

The legal claim, brought Thursday by the Oregon Department of Justice in Marion County Circuit Court, accuses the pair of racketeering, money laundering and other fraud from 2007 to 2010.

King and Donohoe, who were the director and president, respectively, of a nonprofit they named EdChoices, submitted false, incomplete and misleading records about how many students were enrolled in the schools and how they were spending the state's money, state prosecutors say in the complaint.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2013/01/oregon_charter_school_founders.html



FROM: Portland Association of Teachers Facebook:

This is scandalous, and a good example of what happens when public dollars are transfered to the private sector without the same kind of scrutiny people give government budgets. Oh the things $20 million could have purchased for the benefit of Oregon public school students. What do you think the money could have been spent on that would actually improve public schools?

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Reply Oregon charter school founders accused in $20 million racketeering lawsuit (Original post)
Coyotl Jan 2013 OP
reteachinwi Jan 2013 #1
valerief Jan 2013 #2
Frustratedlady Jan 2013 #3
freshwest Jan 2013 #5
Coyotl Jan 2013 #6
Frustratedlady Jan 2013 #15
truth2power Jan 2013 #4
bemildred Jan 2013 #7
fascisthunter Jan 2013 #8
mountain grammy Jan 2013 #18
fasttense Jan 2013 #9
ancianita Jan 2013 #20
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #10
formercia Jan 2013 #11
jsr Jan 2013 #14
SoapBox Jan 2013 #12
madrchsod Jan 2013 #13
Coyotl Jan 2013 #23
la la Jan 2013 #27
mountain grammy Jan 2013 #16
vlyons Jan 2013 #17
SHRED Jan 2013 #19
gopiscrap Jan 2013 #21
nikto Jan 2013 #26
AnotherMcIntosh Jan 2013 #22
nikto Jan 2013 #24
pa28 Jan 2013 #25
Coyotl Jan 2013 #29
davidpdx Jan 2013 #28

Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 08:35 AM

1. They should have been bankers instead

 

Then there would have been no penalty.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 08:55 AM

2. Charter schools should be renamed Charlatan schools. nt

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:12 AM

3. This is precisely why I cannot support charter schools

How many times have we seen similar reports? I'm sure many Republicans would love to start up charter school franchises partially financed by the government. Get a few of those babies going and our education system would collapse. It's almost there now.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:20 AM

5. +1

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:25 AM

6. I don't support charter schools because they suck money out of public education and deprive students

of services. Not to mention, the charter schools are not subject to the same oversight and regulation and can be Christian madrasas for brainwashing children.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:39 AM

15. I agree, but I think there are testing standards.

Problem with that is manipulation of the test results, which some have been caught doing in order to qualify for funding to stay open.

Plus, charter schools don't have to accept everyone, which public schools must do.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:20 AM

4. "King and his wife filed for bankruptcy in Oregon in 2011."...

Fat chance the state will ever get its money. Maybe Donoho can pony up.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:27 AM

7. Charter schools are rackets. nt

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:01 AM

8. Waiting for Duper Man

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Response to fascisthunter (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:07 AM

18. Exactly! Sad. So many good people sucked into the lie!

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:07 AM

9. This always happens when you turnover a public service to a private enterprise.

It's very popular among RepubliCONS. But private enterprises always cost much, much more than if the service were run by a government agency.

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Response to fasttense (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:25 AM

20. Sooner or later -- only later when politicians who've got a 'cut' can't keep it permanently covered.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:20 AM

10. Why are these MFers not in jail for larceny?

Charter schools are a cruel scam and those who run them are thieves of our children's future.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:23 AM

11. More like Grand Theft.

Steal a Hundred, go to Jail
Steal a Million, get out on Bail.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:34 AM

14. They're scamming and stealing from homeowners

with assistance from their accomplices on the local school board.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:29 AM

12. Tip of the iceberg.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:30 AM

13. duncan and obama say nothing about the failures of charter schools

and puts the blame on the teachers unions for the failure of public education.

this is the biggest sell out of the future generations of children.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:36 PM

23. RU making shit up or what? When did Obama and Duncan blame teachers unions?

When did Obama and Duncan blame teachers unions for the failure of public education? You are confusing them with t ilk of Republicans.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:55 PM

27. i blame duncan...

and i'm a retired teacher...I don't believe Duncan has any clue as to what he is doing...

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:57 AM

16. Privatizing government services is a racket

but so many people actually believe that government IS the problem. The real problem is us, because WE are the government!

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:04 AM

17. More teachers!

More science labs, computer labs, library books, musical instruments, art supplies, field trips, special tutoring

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:20 AM

19. Privatization strikes again

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:34 AM

21. What a shock...I wouldn't expect anything less from a charter school

all starters of charters are either malcontents or rip off artists...and those who send their children to them are either duped or looking for lower taxes. On a corrollary note, I had to laugh when the liquor privitization was voted on in Washington State..all these cheap fuckers who wan't less expensive alcohol were in for a rude shock...the prices went UP! SO in schools, the price will go up and the quality down when you privatize..the minute you make something a business, then it becomes a goal of that entity to part you from your money and nothing less than that!!!!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:46 PM

26. Exactly right.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:56 PM

22. Thankfully, this can't happen in Chicago.

 

The harvesting of public assets will continue in Chicago, but it will all be honestly done.

We know that this is true because Arne Duncan (D-Sec of Ed) previously served as CEO of the Chicago Public School system and wouldn't let this happen.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:39 PM

24. This is happening all over

Charter Schools steal money and commit crimes like fish swim.

Investigate them!!

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:42 PM

25. Lovely, one of these schools happened to be in my own small town.

I hope they get stripped of every last nickel with my local share of the tax proceeds being rightfully returned to our public school district.

The public is gradually catching on to the fact charter schools are just a way to siphon tax dollars into the private sector but it's slow going. Unfortunately we'll have to see many more cases like this one before joe six pack has an epiphany.

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Response to pa28 (Reply #25)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 08:11 AM

29. In Oregon the Dems finally gained control of the Legislature in the last election.

We will see some changes now!

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 07:34 AM

28. Anyone want to put odds on that money being paid

I'll give 20,000,000 to 1

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