Sometimes, it’s not a glib feel-good story.
“Philadelphia Academy Charter School founder Brien N. Gardiner, under federal investigation in connection with his management of the school, committed suicide yesterday afternoon, police said. … Gardiner founded Philadelphia Academy in Northeast Philadelphia in 1999; he also opened the Northwood Academy Charter School in 2005, and at one time was chief executive of both charters.
He later became a consultant at Philadelphia Academy. That contract was terminated last spring, after The Inquirer disclosed that the Philadelphia School District inspector general was investigating allegations of financial mismanagement, nepotism, and conflicts of interest at the school.
A federal criminal investigation … was launched later last spring.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 2009.
“Girl wasted away under DHS care,” The Inquirer, October 2006.
“Mother sentenced to 40 years in death of Daniel Kelly,” The Inquirer, April 2009.
“Two plead guilty to perjury in Daniel Kelly case,” The Inquirer, May 2009.