Charter school head shows entrepreneurial spirit: steals $860,000

When you put ambitious entrepreneurs in charge of schools, and remove meddlesome bureaucratic oversight, what happens? They steal.

For example, Hugh C. Clark, founder of a charter school in Philadelphia, stole $522,000 from the taxpayers plus $339,000 from a bank.

Is he just the rare “bad apple?” Not really. says “[Clark’s New Media charter] school is the fourth Philadelphia charter school whose administrators or board members have faced federal fraud charges in the past decade. . . .

“Sources have said that New Media is among at least 18 [Philadelphia] area charter schools that have come under federal investigation since 2008.”

Anyone who thinks that charter schools don’t need close government supervision can Bite Me.

Charter school founder admits stealing $860,000.

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