The state department of education discovered some alarming findings on a recent surprise visit to one of those 21 charter schools, Hope Academy. The first was shocking discrepancies in attendance numbers. Only 27 percent of students were in attendance at the time of the surprise visit. Yet the school was reporting a 99 percent attendance rate.
Academic integrity is also being questioned. State officials say a teacher accepted $700 from a student in exchange for academic credit he hadn’t earned.
Mary Sanchez, Kansas City Star
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