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Charter School's $400,000 'grant' To Doral College Draws Questions From Auditors [the Miami Herald]

Image Caption Flores, a Miami lawmaker, said she hadn't yet read the audit and couldn't comment on the $400,000 grant, though she noted Doral College is not the entity being audited. Pantaridis, the school's attorney, said in her response that "the composition of Doral's board is completely consistent with all state and district requirements and in no way violate any Florida statutes or the charter school contract between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Doral Inc. None of Doral's board members have any financial interest in Academica, the landlord or any other entity that does business with Doral." She also said the landlord of Doral Academy Charter High has waived its early termination clause in its lease, and the scrutinized grant had been previously approved by the high school's board as a loan in annual budgets -- issues criticized by auditors as "after-the-fact" actions. She also said auditors failed to note that the college had already paid back $200,000 to the high school. "Auditors appear to have simply targeted the two transactions as part of a fishing expedition," she said. On Tuesday, Pantaridis successfully argued that the district's audit committee should delay a hearing on the issue before sending the audit to Miami-Dade School Board members, some of whom attended the hearing.
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Charter Schools Blaze a Trail to Fort Worth

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4 groups apply to start Maine charter schools

TCSA's website shows 18 charter schools listed in Tarrant County. Many of those schools are expanding, opening multiple campuses and serving thousands of our local kids. Charter schools bring diversity to DFW, meeting a variety of needs. For instance, the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts , one of the schools chosen for the Conferences tours, is a public arts charter school in Fort Worth, Texas founded in 2001 by the Texas Boys Choir, Inc. Its programs include choir, theatre, musical theatre, and instrumental, a variety of visual arts, dance, and music composition.
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