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Charter School Leaders Convicted of Bribery
An Ohio charter school superintendent and the school's board chairman were convicted last week of taking bribes from an education consultant in exchange for an unbid contract at a time when teachers were taking pay cuts.
Prosecutors said Shane K. Floyd, the superintendent; Christopher D.Martin, the board chairman; and Carl L. Robinson, who ran Global Educational Consultants, were convicted of federal-programs bribery and conspiracy. Mr. Floyd and Mr. Martin were also convicted of making false statements to the FBI.
The corruption case is tied to the former Arise Academy in Dayton. Prosecutors said Arise paid Global Educational Consultants for a consulting contract in 2008 when the school was unable to pay other vendors. Authorities said that, in exchange, Mr. Floyd and Mr. Martin got cash and other benefits.
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