It's official: convicted tax cheat and murky charter school magnate Steven J. Ingersoll will be sentenced on June 16 at 2:00pm by U. S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington.
After abusing his leadership positions at the Bay City Academy and the Grand Traverse Academy, Ingersoll's downfall provides an opportunity for students to learn about the mighty hand of justice—in the form of a field trip!
Just think of the possibilities: Grand Traverse Academy attorney Meg Hackett testified during the trial that Ingersoll made a substantial, unauthorized transfer of funds, and students could work on one hell of a story problem! For example, since no one in the Department of Education or Lake Superior State University...or even the Grand Traverse Academy's board could figure out when and how it happened, maybe the little nippers could mathemagically determine how Ingersoll could turn his $3.5 million dollar debt into a “loan”!
Give each one of the kids a magnifying glass, and have them examine bank transfer records and Ingersoll's IRS tax forms.
And, since charter schools are forever hondling for a buck (with seemingly endless streams of "fundraisers"), have the kids set up a snack stand outside the courthouse and sell candy and nuts.
Listen to Speaker John Boehner, kids: "If ands or buts were candy and nuts, then every day would be Christmas".
Wonder what "Santa Steve" will have in his sack for you?