Rochester, NY, Parents: Say No to a Charter Founded by a Con Man
Dear Parents of Rochester, New York:
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Board of Regents have approved a charter school to be opened in your community in September 2015: The Greater Works Charter School (GWCS).
GWCS lead applicant Ted J. Morris, Jr.– the man chiefly promoting the project– has been found multiple times over to be a fraud.
He lied about his high school graduation from Rochester’s School Without Walls.
He lied about graduating with a bachelors degree from Western Governors University.
He lied about attending and graduating with a masters and doctorate from Concordia University Chicago.
He lied about graduating with a doctorate from Grand Canyon University.
And watch here to see Morris lying in person on Rochester television.
In the Democrat and Chronicle, Morris described himself as being “too advanced” for the traditional classroom:
“I remember being in school and feeling I was a bit more advanced and (not having enough options),” he said. “I wanted to grow up and open a school that’s predicated on each student’s needs and interests. … I did it sooner than I expected.”
Now the truth is out. Morris views himself as “too advanced” for what other students experience– which apparently includes honestly earning a credential.
Morris is a self-gratulatory fraud who has also described himself as “a natural born leader”– and the proof he offers is laden with lies. (Read his marvelous-yet-fictional accomplishments in this snapshot of a bio that Offsprings Charities has now removed from its website: http://i.imgur.com/f9FkhQ8.jpg )
Whereas board member is not a paid position, CEO is.
To think that Morris will just walk away from GWCS after promoting it for four years is naive.
Enabling the Morris fraud is NY Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, who refuses to assume responsibility for signing off on a school whose lead applicant was not properly investigated to begin with.
That’s right, Rochester: Despite Morris’ being a repeatedly-documented liar, NY Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch plans to allow Morris’ school to open, anyway. GWCS has been approved to accept 96 ninth graders for the 2015-16 school year. GWCS will receive $12,340 per student.
GWCS has also tried to raise money via GoFundMe so that it might become part of the charter start-up incubation program. That June 2014 effort did not go so well, with GWCS unable to raise even $2000 of the desired $10,000.
But back to that approximately $1.2 million ($12,340 per student for 96 students) that NYSED and Regents have agreed to hand over to GWCS in 2015-16:
GWCS plans to educate these 96 students via “extensive use of online learning.” Kids in front of a computer. “Education” on the cheap, envisioned by a con man.
NYSED and Tisch are fine with this.
But there can be no school if students will not enroll.
So, Rochester parents, this is your opportunity to put a stop to a school that has a founder who is a fraud– and certainly no positive role model to your children.
Send a message to “aggressive” charter promoter, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch:
Regents approval of a con-artist-proposed charter does not readily translate into 96 filled student seats.
Schneider is also author of the ed reform whistleblower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education