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Roger Bacon's Baker Michell rationalizes why transparency with public funds doesn't apply to him

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The following was posted Monday on Baker Mitchell's website. Mitchell is the CEO of Roger Bacon Academy, which runs three local charter schools in the area and is trying to launch a fourth. WWAY has repeatedly requested salary information regarding the administrators and headmasters who run the charter schools. Full story...
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Latest release from charter schools still missing requested information

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videoAn area charter school company has released more public information we requested, but they are still not giving us everything we've asked for. Charter Day School, Inc., Which oversees Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville and Douglass Academy in Wilmington, released the schools' budgets to us, but they still won't say what administrators make. Full story...
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Roger Bacon Academy/Charter Day School releases staff salaries, still breaking law withholding administrator info

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videoThe company behind several area charter schools has finally released information about staff salaries requested by several media outlets including WWAY, but still has not released information about administrator pay. Full story...
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State agency orders release of charter school company salaries

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The state Office of Charter Schools is asking The Roger Bacon Academy to release employee salaries by June 27 in response to a complaint filed with the office earlier this month. The request comes a week after the education management company, which has three charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina, released some employee counts and salary costs, but not individual breakdowns. Full story...
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Charter Day School information response leaves many questions

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video More than six weeks after WWAY requested information regarding faculty and staff salaries, the non-profit behind a group of area charter schools has responded to public information requests from WWAY and other area media outlets, but the response still leaves questions about how money is spent. Full story...
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Roger Bacon Academy public records request delayed

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videoIt's been more than a month since we requested names, salaries, and positions of all faculty and staff of Roger Bacon Academy. If the educational management company does not turn over the information in a reasonable time frame, it could lose its charter. Full story...
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Nonprofit group files ethics complaint against Baker Mitchell, Roger Bacon Academy

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videoThe executive director of a nonprofit charter school advocacy group has filed a complaint with the N.C. State Ethics Commission against Baker Mitchell, founder of several charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina. Full story...
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Teacher of the Week: Katie Coleman

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videoKindergarten teacher Katie Coleman brings a unique teaching style to the classroom to teach big life lessons to her little students. Full story...
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State Board of Ed delays Douglass Academy decision

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videoDouglass Academy does not have enough students according to state law, but that is not stopping them from teaching, at least for now. Today the NC Board of Eeducation met in Pembroke to discuss the next steps for the charter school. Full story...
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StarNews Editorial: Charter schools need to tell taxpayers what they're getting for their money

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State officials are interpreting the laws that created independent charter schools to exempt them from the same level of financial scrutiny as the traditional public schools – even though millions of taxpayer dollars are siphoned from the public schools to charter schools annually. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 Investigation: Charter school owner under federal investigation

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video Baker Mitchell, the founder of Roger Bacon Academy in Leland, is facing some challenges. He is under federal investigation. Full story...
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Teacher of the Week: David Johnson

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videoA former middle school student wanted to recognize his old science teacher, so he nominated him as Teacher of the Week. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 INVESTIGATION: Documents show founder of Roger Bacon Academy making millions

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A records request uncovers that Baker Mitchell, founder of Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) in Leland, is making millions of dollars running local charter schools. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Shake-up at Roger Bacon Academy

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According to multiple sources, Mark Cramer, headmaster and CEO of the Roger Bacon Academy was recently terminated. We called the academy twice to ask if they could confirm his departure and to talk with founder Baker Mitchell. Office Manager Jill Applewhite hung up on us twice. Full story...
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Children discuss school safety

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video Brunswick County students tell GMC anchor Ashley Jacobs they feel safe at school, even after hearing horrific details of the Sandy Hook tragedy and the kidnapping of 5-year-old Ethan in Alabama. Full story...
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