Yesterday Diane Ravitch posted the D and C story about the miraculous Dr. Ted Morris, the 22-year old with the online BA and (perhaps) online MA and Ph.D as well who was granted approval for a charter school in Rochester by the New York Board of Regents.
Ravitch received an email from the principal of the school Morris claimed to have graduated from, School Without Walls, saying that Morris had only attended the school one year and not graduated from SWW.
Peter Greene and Mercedes Schneider further looked into Morris and found strange details about Morris that make him look less like a child prodigy and more like a con man.
And now, without ceremony, the Democrat and Chronicle has taken the Morris story down.
It will be interesting to see if they make an announcement for why the story is now offline.
The article read like a PR puff piece for Morris.
Perhaps they're embarrassed now that a couple of bloggers like Greene and Schenider, along with education historian Diane Ravitch, were able to expose him in less than 24 hours for being something he isn't.
It will be interesting to see how Regents Chancellor Tisch defends the Regents approving Morris for a charter school.
Tisch has said she wants an "aggressive" expansion of the charter sector in New York in the next few years.
Apparently that means giving just about anybody - including a con man like Morris - a charter school.
UPDATE - 8:18 AM. The D and C story on Morris is back online, though it says it was updated at
SECOND UPDATE - 10:40 AM: Leonie Haimson left the following comment:
The story now says he graduated from on online HS instead of School w/o Walls: "It was only six years ago that he graduated from an online high school at age 16. He had previously attended School Without Walls." so this 22 yr old has online degrees from HS, College and grad school, w/out any teaching experience or even evidence he can interact with human beings in a classroom.
Indeed, I went back to the story and it looks like the update to it seems to be changing the details around School Without Walls, to note that Morris attended the school but didn't graduate from it and graduated instead from an online high school.
Still seems like just about anybody can get a charter school these days.