I posted in October about charter school director Kari DiCianni and her husband Bill who were accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Toledo-area charter school- the now-closed Performing Arts School of Metropolitan Toledo (PASMT).

Today the Blade is reporting that Bill DiCianni was found guilty.

DiCianni, 49, pleaded no contest to four charges yesterday. Originally charged with 28 counts of criminal activity involving money, DiCianni was found guilty of one count each of passing bad checks, forgery, grand theft, and money laundering.

He faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison when sentenced Feb. 27. He also agreed to pay back the stolen $90,857.50.

Meanwhile, the State Board of Education is set to formally oppose the Strickland’s plan to provide more oversite to what he calls “an unwieldy department with splintered accountability.”

I haven’t really taken sides on Ted’s plan to appoint an Education Director to oversee the department- but I’m starting to think it might be a good idea. Especially if it helps fix our “train-wreck” of a charter school system.

 

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