Florida files criminal charges against Akron-area charter school founder

Posted at 7:16 AM, Jun 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-25 07:16:45-04

According to our partners at the Akron Beacon Journal and, the founder of Newpoint Education Partners and Cambridge Education is facing racketeering charges for improperly using private and public funds earmarked for students’ education.

Florida State Attorney William “Bill” Eddins charges that Marcus May used thousands of dollars parents paid for student lunches and uniforms and millions more from Ohio and Florida taxpayers to pay for home mortgages, plastic surgery, world travel, credit card debt and more.

Criminal charges filed last week in Florida against Marcus May also allege he improperly used private and public funds earmarked for students’ education to expand his charter school empire in Columbus, Akron, Cleveland and Dayton. Company officials told Akron Beacon Journal and they have asked for May's resignation.

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The Fairlawn company's website says it serves 3,000 students at 24 charter schools in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Akron, Youngstown and Canton.

The website states that Charter Education uses "two school models; K–8 and Dropout Prevention (DOP) High School," with a mission  to:

"...dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of the students we serve by providing authentic learning experiences in a collaborative, nurturing environment that will build a foundation for students’ success in school, at future work, and in life."