At some New York City charter schools, it's a family affair.
A Daily News investigation has found some charters hiring wives, husbands and children of school officials and board trustees as vendors, teachers aides and consultants…
Here's what The News' review found:…
SOUTH BRONX CHARTER SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL CULTURES & THE ARTS
This school hired a bus company owned by a board trustee's husband.
In October 2007, the board of trustees first voted to hire AVET Coach Corp. to address the "dire needs" of students ineligible for free city busing. The company is owned by Carmen Goldberg. The board then approved a new board member - Elena Goldberg, an "immediate family member" of AVET's owner.
A school spokesperson said the contract lasted 18 months and cost South Bronx half what another bus company would have charged.
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BRONX TEACHER ACCUSED OF FORCING CHILD TO TELL CRUSH HE IS GAY, March 12, 2010, New York Post
A Bronx charter school is under fire from parents who say a teacher bullied kids -- and even forced one child to tell his crush, a girl, that he was gay.
According to court papers filed this week, the teacher, Jared Alessandroni, 29, threatened to "out" a straight 9-year-old boy, James Pastrana, to his class at the South Bronx Charter School for International Cultures and the Arts, unless James told his crush he was gay.
"I was so humiliated," said Pastrana, who reluctantly scribbled the false confession in a note to the girl. "It started to spread around the whole class and then everyone wanted to call me gay."…
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CARMEN ARROYO'S GRANDSON QUITS AS HEAD OF CHARTER SCHOOL AFTER EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGE, June 12, 2009, NY Daily News
Richard Izquierdo Arroyo - who's also Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo's grandson and chief of staff - Thursday notified the city he was resigning as chairman of the board of the South Bronx Charter School for International Culture and the Arts.
His city councilwoman aunt sponsored $1.5 million in taxpayer funds this fiscal year to help build a permanent facility for the school, which is temporarily housed in a public school…
On Wednesday, Izquierdo Arroyo was charged with stealing from a nonprofit group, SBCC Management Corp., that manages low-income apartment buildings in the Bronx. SBCC Management's director, Margarita Villegas, also was charged.
They also used the nonprofit's money to buy airline tickets to Puerto Rico for City Councilwoman Arroyo and her mother the assemblywoman.
SBCC Management's director, Villegas, is also a board member of the South Bronx Charter School. Officials said she's notified the city she'll step down from that position, too.
Villegas and Izquierdo Arroyo deny wrongdoing.