My colleagues, Kelly Soderlund and Dan Stockman, have a powerful
series of stories about Imagine Schools, the educational management
organization that operates charter schools across the nation,
including two in Fort Wayne and two in Indianapolis.
Their three-part series finds an alarming lack of oversight by the
local school board.
relationship between Imagine's Fort Wayne board and an Imagine school in Texas.
Here's a link to the memo that Imagine founder Dennis Bakke sent to top Imagine officials, essentially telling them that local school board members dare not
attempt to exercise any authority over their own schools. I linked to it
in September, but it's worth reading again in light of The Journal
Gazette's stories, which indicate that the local Imagine board is
exactly what Bakke had in mind.