Federal Agents Raid Los Angeles Charter Chain Offices

Diane Ravitch's blog

Here we go again. Another day, another charter scandal. With Trump and DeVos in charge, expect to read more stories like this one.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security raided the offices of the Celerity charter chain in Los Angeles.

Celerity currently manages seven charter schools in Southern California and four more in Louisiana.

“The first signs that Celerity and its Los Angeles schools might be in trouble came in 2015. The organization had petitioned L.A. Unified to allow it to open two new charter schools, an application process it had gone through successfully several times before.

“But this time, L.A. Unified’s school board said no.

“School district officials raised new concerns over the charter school organization’s finances and its complex governance structure. In their final report, in which they advised board members to reject the group’s charter petition, they accused Celerity’s leaders of unorthodox fiscal practices, such…

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