Florida Charter Scandal: You May Think You Have Heard It All!

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is unbelievable but true. A convicted felon who had served four years in prison for grand theft and arson was chosen as president of the board of a small Florida charter school, where she was convicted of stealing from the school. She is heading back to prison.

You can’t make this stuff up.

“Despite spending four years in prison for arson and grand theft, and having multiple arrests for writing bad checks, Lori Bergeron became president of the board at the Manatee School of Arts and Sciences, a small charter school in Bradenton.

“On Friday, she was sentenced to eight months in jail for stealing more than $27,000 from the school she was overseeing.

“Bergeron pleaded no contest to charges of a scheme to defraud, and in addition to jail time, she will have to pay back the $27,591 she admitted to stealing from the school.

“School principal Richard…

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