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Another blow for Mavericks charter school



The Palm Beach-based Mavericks in Education, which has schools in Pinellas County, faces a third whistleblower lawsuit alleging the school falsifies academic records including enrollment and grades.

The Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports that a former Mavericks teacher has accused the school of claiming that students are enrolled in courses they are not taking, in order to claim more funding from the state. The students not taking the courses even get grades, former teacher Angenora Mechato alleged.

She claimed she was fired for refusing her administration's requests to sign off on some of these alleged schemes. Two former employees of Mavericks High in Homestead have made similar allegations, the paper notes. 

Does any of this jibe with what you know about Mavericks, which has been rejected in bids to open schools in Hernando and Hillsborough counties? Do such problems exist in other schools, too?

[Last modified: Friday, April 6, 2012 10:37am]


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