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For years, Jeremiah Kittredge has been a darling of the national charter school movement’s wealthiest and most powerful benefactors.
That all ended January 31st when Bryan Lawrence — a banker who sits on Families for Excellent Schools’ board — blasted out a statement to reporters that Kittredge had been “terminated” following an outside law firm’s investigation into allegations of “inappropriate behavior toward a non-employee.”
That incident took place last November at a Washington, D.C., hotel during the Philos conference, an annual gathering hosted by Education Reform Now.
A woman who attended the conference wrote a Facebook post a few weeks afterward, describing an encounter with another conference attendee. Five sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the attendee referenced in the post was Kittredge.
The Facebook post was eventually sent to members of Families for Excellent Schools’ board by several people involved in the education reform movement. Families for Excellent Schools then hired Kate Rhodes, an attorney at the firm Epstein Becker & Green, to investigate the incident.
Kitteridge was fired from another pro-charter school group, Democracy Builders, in 2011, according to multiple sources.
Read the full article on Jeremiah Kittredge by Eliza Shapiro Caitlin Emma at Politico