Winfree Academy


Irving, TX: Former employees have claimed that Winfree Academy, a network of six charter schools in North Texas, has violated Texas labor law by hiring friends and family members over more qualified candidates, the Dallas Morning News reports.

According to state records, complaints of nepotism at the academy date back to at least 2001, the news source said.

One employee, who filed an anonymous complaint with the Texas Education Agency in 2004, said that "a great majority of people that are hired seem to be friends or relatives of the owners and principals...qualified candidates were passed over so that a friend of the owner could be hired. Positions are filled, not based on qualifications, but by who is on the 'inside.'"

Melody Chalkley, a former public high school teacher who started the academy in 1997, told the news provider that such accusations are unfair and untrue. She explained that family members and friends were instrumental in the expansion of the academy…

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its true....I would NOT send my kids to Winfree Academy. I dont think Winfree is going to be in operation much longer

Anonymous said...

The administrators at Winfree have little or no formal education....Student population is reducing at a rapid pace at each winfree campus...Winfree currently has a 80% drop out rate among its students district wide. This is not good.

Anonymous said...

Several years ago, winfree closed its grapevine campus because of its low enrollment numbers, in 2014 winfree will be closing its denton campus also from low enrollment numbers. There's a pattern here.

Anonymous said...

15 teachers has recently resigned from Winfree because of low pay, and low employee morale. Denton/Lewisville campuses have graduated only 2 students combined for the 2013-2014 school year thus far.

Anonymous said...

Winfree Academy Charter School is currently being monitored by the TEA.

Anonymous said...

Teachers are leaving Winfree Academy at a rapid pace.....Winfree teachers are among the lowest paid teachers in the State of Texas.

Concerned Mom said...

I am very worried now because I took my son out of DHS due to bullying and depression. Tried the home school route but he needed to be around his peers. He started Winfree(Denton) this year and I have been very impressed. I do have a concern how some of the students are allowed to act out in class and play jokes on teachers. If anyone has more information regarding problems with Winfree Acadamy, please let me know. You can email me if you like at azmiller.miller1@gmail.com. Thank you, Concerned Mom

Anonymous said...

Enrollment is decreasing at all winfree campuses. Teachers are still quiting winfree. Bad morale among teachers, winfree's director of instruction is abusive to teachers and staff. Not a good place to work or send your students.

Anonymous said...

How is this place not shut down by the state yet?

Anonymous said...

Winfree is a scam school.I had heard at one time that scores were rigged for the students so they could graduate and she could get more money. Don't know how true that is, it wouldn't surprise me. Daughter was in charge of finance for years, not qualified to hold that position. She sure got plenty of money to hold that position. There is a lot of covering up going on in there. What's up with the TEA not shutting it down! There needs to be a federal investigation to find out just how much money changed hands in there and to who.