Report: $1.7M paid to Mich. charters that never opened

 At least $1.7 million in federal funds was paid to 25 Michigan charter schools that never opened, according to a report released Wednesday by a Wisconsin-based progressive advocacy group.

The Center for Media and Democracy said it reviewed federal and state records that show the “ghost schools” were approved for $3.7 million from the federal Charter Schools Program in 2011 and 2012, and received at least $1.7 million.

The center said that WestEd — a private company hired by the federal government to monitor states’ handling of the funds and compliance with regulations — alerted the U.S. Department of Education that some schools were receiving grants and not opening, “but the department took no meaningful action,” according to documents reviewed by CMD.  Read More