Over the course of the past 25 years or so, Ernie Tarle has been recalled from the Akron City Council, accused and acquitted of felony bribery charges, and filed for bankruptcy. Now he wants to open a charter school. The Akron Beacon Journal reports:
[Tarle] explained that while the Academy of Excellence won’t be a religious school, he wants the parents to know where he stands.
“The truth is, for something like this to come together, so many stars had to align there is almost no denying the presence of God,” Tarle said. “I’m not in the business of denying that presence. I’m in the true believer business. In fact, the only reason I’m here today is because I know that the best way to serve him is to serve you.”
Tarle has plenty of enthusiasm, the advice of consultants associated with successful charters and a principal for his school who has experience teaching in high-performing urban charter schools. What he doesn’t have is a lot of startup money.
“Right now we’re using my life savings and we’re hoping that someone comes to the rescue,” he said.