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State Charter Schools Want An Extra $135 Million A Year

Charter school?s $400,000 ?grant? to Doral College draws questions from auditors

In this 2008 photo is author and retired journalism professor Ron Roat at West Shore Community College in Ludington, Mich. Roat, 67, an author and retired journalism professor, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 of natural causes, the Ludington Daily News reported. His mystery novels include "Close Softly the Doors" and "A Still and Icy Silence." Langhofer said the fact that there is no evidence the current funding scheme for charter schools leads to an inadequate education is irrelevant. The proper question is whether they have an equal starting point, he said. And Langhofer said it was the Legislature itself that decided to allow charter schools and, more to the point, to designate them as public schools. The charter schools are supposed to be an alternative to district schools, and not just an alternative that exists as an idea but an alternative that will improve on the state of education in Arizona, he said. Peters said one reason for the funding disparity is that the state provides capital funding for new buildings for traditional schools because they are political subdivisions of the state. Charter schools, by contrast, go out of business with regularity, he said, citing figures from the Department of Education that more than 100 charter schools have stopped operating in recent years.
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Buffalo charter school completes campus purchase

Hilltop Early Childhood Enrichment Center, at 230 Seminary Drive in Monroe, will open its doors June 3 Academica president Fernando Zulueta declined to comment Tuesday when approached by a reporter. But in a biting response to the audit, an attorney representing the school said the grant was a legitimate transaction between partners in education, which existed under the same company when the charter school first set aside the $400,000 for the college. The districts critical audit, attorney Eleni Pantaridis argued, omitted crucial facts and was the flawed work of a biased investigator who does not support the charter school system. Theyre picking and choosing the facts that benefit them and ignoring the facts that dont, she said Tuesday during a hearing. Auditors, under the supervision of investigator Jon Goodman, began scrutinizing the deals about a year ago after a review of Doral Academy Charter Highs financial statements uncovered the grant and a lease agreement that auditors also investigated.
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Fountain Court The bigger project will likely cost between $5 to $7 million and require a capital campaign. It involves turning the back of the building into a gym and athletic facility and green parcels involved in the recent acquisition into athletic fields and community gardens. Stopinski said the purchase also gave the school control of about 14 more parking spaces. He said the school had always planned to expand but needed to jump while the space was available, especially because of the hot Main Street real estate market.
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