The U.S. government has wasted up to $1 billion on charter schools that never opened, or opened and then closed because of mismanagement and other reasons, according to a report from an education advocacy group. The study also says the Education Department does not adequately monitor how its grant money is spent. The report, titled “Asleep at the Wheel” and issued by the nonprofit advocacy group Network for Public Education, says: More than 1,000 grants were given to schools that never opened, or later closed because of mismanagement, poor performance, lack of enrollment or fraud. “Of the schools awarded grants directly from the department between 2009 and 2016, nearly one in four either never opened or shut its doors,” it says. Some grants in the 25-year-old federal Charter School Program (CSP) have been awarded to charters that set barriers to enrollment of certain students. Thirty-four California charter schools that received grants appear on an American … [Read more...] about U.S. wasted up to $1 billion on charter schools and still lacks oversight: report
Misspending grant money
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Robert Roche, an activist best known for his opposition to the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo mascot, completed a four-month prison sentence this week for stealing federal grant money.Roche was released Monday, but is required to spend the next four months under house arrest as part of his sentence.Roche pleaded guilty last May to embezzling nearly $80,000 in federal grant money awarded to the American Indian Education Center, a nonprofit that he ran and provided health and wellness services to Native Americans. Roche, who is Chiricahua Apache Indian, said during his sentencing hearing, which was attended by his supporters, that he misused the grant money to “help the center, to help the community."In 2014, I began questioning Roche about his center's activities after I learned that the Ohio Attorney General's Office was investigating an anonymous tip that Roche was misspending grant money. At the time, Roche told me he had nothing to hide and that he … [Read more...] about Once prominent Chief-Wahoo protester who embezzled federal money released from prison
LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration’s decision to cancel a $927 million grant to California’s troubled high speed rail project and claw back $2.5 billion in funds already spent has thrust the federal government into uncharted legal territory and posed an existential threat to the state’s largest investment ever. Never before, experts say, has the federal government attempted to take back such a large sum of money from California, particularly after it was spent under federal supervision. “I have never seen anything this large,” said Ron Flavin, a San Francisco consultant who advises state agencies and local governments on grants. “I have never seen anything where they said we are going to cancel a grant because of issues in the administrative or bureaucratic process.” The Federal Railroad Administration this week sent a letter to state officials, asserting that the project is out of compliance with major provisions of the grant … [Read more...] about Can Trump take back California’s high-speed rail money? A look at the political and legal battle ahead
Peter Jamison, The Washington Post Published 7:55 am PST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 A client turns in 50 used needles in exchange for 50 new ones at a needle exchange center in Washington. A client turns in 50 used needles in exchange for 50 new ones at a needle exchange center in Washington. Photo: Photo By André Chung For The Washington Post Photo: Photo By André Chung For The Washington Post Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A client turns in 50 used needles in exchange for 50 new ones at a needle exchange center in Washington. A client turns in 50 used needles in exchange for 50 new ones at a needle exchange center in Washington. Photo: Photo By André Chung For The Washington Post … [Read more...] about Washington officials ignored life-saving strategies while African American heroin overdoses surged
opinion Darren Jernigan Guest Columnist Published 12:27 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 I was in the Metro Council during the devastating flood of 2010. My district was a tale of two cities, half under water and the other half ready to lend a hand to their neighbors. In the aftermath I championed legislation that rewrote the storm water rules banning building in the floodway and heavily regulating what was being built in the flood plain. The recovery and helping homeowners move forward was very important to me. I recently read about federal flood money allegedly being used inappropriately in a story from WSMV, so I decided to investigate further. What I found was much more complicated. I did my research while cross referencing from what I remembered and what was reported in the media. Yes, it’s true the Administration and the Metro Council approved $7.4 million in federal flood aid to be repurposed to help revitalize the west bank of the riverfront downtown. And yes, it’s … [Read more...] about Did Nashville misspend flood money? It’s complicated.