County Denies Renewal of Inglewood Charter School With History of Alleged Wrongdoing

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A parent and students walk by the Today's Fresh Start Charter School gym and auditorium in Inglewood in this undated photo. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles TImes)

A parent and students walk by the Today’s Fresh Start Charter School gym and auditorium in Inglewood in this undated photo. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles TImes)

The Los Angeles County Board of Education voted Tuesday to close an Inglewood charter school with a lengthy history of financial problems and mixed academic performance that illustrated flaws in California’s oversight system.

The board’s unanimous decision marks the third time it has attempted to shut down a charter school run by Today’s Fresh Start, a nonprofit started by a wealthy couple, Clark and Jeanette Parker of Beverly Hills. The group currently operates two charters on three campuses in Los Angeles, Compton and Inglewood.

A Times investigation published last year found that although the Parkers have portrayed themselves as philanthropists, they have made millions from their charter schools.

The schools paid more than $800,000 annually to rent buildings the couple own, financial documents showed. They contracted out services to the Parkers’ nonprofits and companies and paid Clark Parker generous consulting fees, all with taxpayer money.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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