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Milwaukee Choice school shuts down nine days into school year

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MILWAUKEE —  A local Choice school has closed, less than two weeks into the school year, amid controversy. Daughters of the Father Christian Academy, which has been under fire since last spring for allegations related to its use of taxpayer money, voluntarily closed on Thursday according to an email sent to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

On Friday, FOX6 News got a tip call from someone who works closely with the school. The caller said the school was closed, and that students had been sent to another choice school, Travis Academy.

Bishop Doris Pinkney

Bishop Doris Pinkney

That's where we found Bishop Doris Pinkney, the founder of Daughters of the Father Christian Academy. She insisted her school was still open and kids were in the classroom on Friday, even though doors were locked and nobody came to the door.

The Department of Public Instruction is trying to kick the school out of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program for failing to follow certain rules this summer. See that story here.

A hearing on that issue was scheduled for Sept. 14th, but has been postponed.

The school says it is encouraging parents to enroll their kids in a different school for the 2015-2016 school year.


    • glblank

      The real shame is on the state for expanding these “Shoe me the Money” ventures that treats students as assets.The kids suffer as the shameless profit.

  • Rita Wittwer

    I guess the Choice program is doing a wonderful job in Milwaukee. Perhaps if we funded public schools based on a formula that has something to do with students, ala Tony Evers, and stopped gutting public school funding to support corporate vouchers, we might help the kids in Milwaukee and other poor areas of the state. Instead, Walker has been allowed to almost completely destroy our public school system to help his greedy friends.

    • AL

      Milwaukee schools have had problems well before the governor’s time. Throwing more money at the problem had always been the answer in the past and where had that gotten us? At least a different approach was tried. Regarding this school, sounds like the vetting process failed.

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