Press-Tribune: Nampa Charter Accused of Violating Lottery Rules


Boise Weekly recently chronicled the nail-biting and often heartbreaking process of lotteries in which a handful of students are chosen to fill a handful of slots at Idaho public charter schools.

"The estimated waiting list across the state, the last time I checked, was over 7,000 names," Michelle Taylor, state school choice coordinator, told Boise Weekly. "I can tell you that at a lottery we held last week, we had a parent who was in tears because their child got in and we had another parent in tears because their child ended up No. 100 on a waiting list."

But this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that a former administrator of the Legacy Charter School—a public charter institution that opened in Nampa in 2011—alleges she was fired after "she blew the whistle on an effort to jump a student ahead on a post-lottery waiting list."

The Press-Tribune reports that a lawsuit has been lodged against Legacy Charter, the school's board chaimran and Rebecca Stallcop, creator of the Harbor School Method, which is used at a number of Canyon County charter schools.

"The student was allowed to jump ahead," alleges Monika Gangwer, the former co-principal at Legacy Charter School. According to Gangwer, the student was No. 91 on a waiting list for Legacy Charter and "was not eligible for that placement."

Gangwer also alleges that Legacy Charter was operated "as one" with Liberty and Victory charter schools, with "illegally transferred money and property among the schools without proper documentation or board approval."