Jury returns to deliberate on charter founder’s case
Fresh off a three-week holiday break and acquitting two co-defendants, the jury in the federal trial of charter school founder Dorothy June Brown returns to continue deliberations on Monday morning.Brown, who founded Laboratory, Ad Prima and Planet Abacus charter schools, is charged with embezzling $6.7 million by collecting separate salaries from the various schools she founded.
However, Brown resigned after the law changed to forbid founders from serving as CEOs at their own schools.
Brown’s defense attorneys presented evidence that students at her schools dramatically out-performed peer charters and Philadelphia public schools.
She could face up to 20 years in prison.
Co-defendants Michael A. Slade Jr.and Courteney L. Knight, both former CEOs at Brown’s schools, were acquitted by the jury on Thursday, Dec. 19. The jury was still deliberating on Brown’s charges when they were allowed to take the holidays off.
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