The Missouri Charter Public Association (MCPSA) strongly condemns the alleged actions uncovered by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Education and the Inspector General’s Office in their investigation of the closed Paideia Academy Charter School Board Chairman Fred Robinson.
Schools entrusted with state and federal dollars should be held to high standards of accountability to assure that these funds reach their intended target, the students in the school’s classrooms. Anyone found guilty of diversion of funds from their school should receive stiff punishment according to applicable laws.
This indictment of one closed charter school’s former board chairman should not reflect on all charter public schools in Missouri. Charter public school governing boards are made up of volunteers and the majority of these members bring integrity and dedication to their role. The actions of one individual should not tarnish the efforts of all other individuals working for quality educational options for children in their communities.