El Rio Community School is a charter school opening in Highland Park in September 2020. Of course charter schools in California are subject to the California Public Records Act and so last summer I hit these folks up with a request. They demurred. I filed a freaking lawsuit. And, thank goodness, last week they started to produce records!1 The stuff they handed over is all interesting, even if it’s not close to everything they ought produce, and worth your time to look at:
⚝ Bank statements — January through July 2019. A rare look into the financials of an independent charter startup.
⚝ 58 pages of emails — And also a bunch of contracts between ERCS and various vendors.
Like I said, it’s all interesting. But here I’m focusing on two particular items. The second is the bank statements, and read on for that. The first is this contract between ERCS Supreme Commander Dr. Katie Chau and a peculiarly cult-like outfit called Reframe Labs. Reframe’s founder and CEO is Russ Altenburg, famously also chairman2 of charter school astroturf conspiracy Speak UP Parents. For context, it’s worth taking a look at the Reframe Labs manifesto,3 or at least this snippet here:
Continue reading Interesting New Records From Gentrification-Enabling Highland Park Charter Academy — El Rio Community School — Show How The Cultish Charter Grifters Known As Reframe Labs Funnel Public Money Into Their Own Deep Zillionaire Pockets — Reframe Labs By The Way Is Really Just A Front For Russ Altenburg — Also Chair Of The Board Of Astroturf Charter Lobbying Mafia Speak Up Parents — And How ERCS Supreme Commander Doctor Katie Chau Spent More Than $2K In Public Money — Meant For Educating Children — To Attend CCSA’s 2019 Annual Conference — And Learn How To Destroy Public Education — Which Is Appalling — And Ironic In A Bitter Way — But Not Surprising