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How charter schools have evolved and where they go from here

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KPCC has confirmed that federal agents raided the offices of an L.A. based organization, which runs a network of charter schools, Wednesday night.

Celerity Educational Group manages seven schools in Southern California, it has ties to four more in Louisiana. The warrants for the raid are under seal which means federal officials have not explicitly informed Celerity representatives of the nature of their inquiry.

But we do know that this is not the first time a charter school has come under fire. In fall 2016, the principal of a charter high school in Woodland Hills resigned after concerns were raised about his use of an employee credit card. 

For a look at the evolution of charter schools here and the delicate relationship they maintain with the school district, Alex Cohen spoke to UCLA professor of education John Rogers

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