REPORT: 25 Michigan Charter Schools Received Money, But Never Opened
A Wisconsin-based media group is claiming that at least 25 Michigan charter schools received millions of dollars in grants, but never opened.
The Center for Media and Democracy, according to their website, "conducts in-depth investigations into corruption and the undue influence of corporations on media and democracy."
According to state and federal records for the 2011/ 2012 school year, the schools were approved for more than $3.7 million in Charter School Program startup grants. However, the schools never moved past the planning phase. Basically, they never opened. And because of that, it never made the news.
"That money hasn't been paid back, there's no real accounting for how it was spent, or why such sums were spent and came to naught. I think that's a problem. If that kind of money was going into the public schools, we'd have some accountability," said the executive director of the CMD Lisa Graves.
The Michigan Department of Education hasn't responded yet.
This. Is. Unbelievable.