Yesterday, I told you that Vincent Ford, head cheerleader for the "Strong Foundations Charter School" in Easton, never bothered to tell anyone that he's been accused of sexual offenses in Monroe County. He's currently on ARD, a special program for first offenders. Not only does this reflect badly on Ford, but it makes one wonder about the judgment of other charter school advocates. I felt it was an important story.
Two things bothered me. I had no idea what led up to the charges. Also, though I was certain that Ford was my man, I wanted to give him an opportunity to explain. Fair play and all that.
I placed several calls for Ford at the charter school website. I also emailed the school. No answer. That's no surprise. Bottom-feeding bloggers like yours truly get no respect. Plus, he might have been just a tad irritated with me. I have that effect, I'm told.
It's a gift.
But I still wanted to know what had happened. I was getting ready to schlep up to Monroe County when The Express Times told me, "We got this!"
And so they did. Both The Express Times and Morning Call ran very complete stories that included Ford's reaction as well as the rather sordid details that resulted in the charges against him. Fortunately, he resigned when confronted.
About the best a blog can do is to complement the ongoing news coverage provided by the dailies. There is simply no way I could acquire the information they produced in less than a day. Ford would not talk to me. I doubt other Shiloh people would speak to me as well, especially after African American activist Kevin Easterling had basically called me a racist for my coverage. The Magistrate's office, located in Stroudsburg, would likely be very slow to let me look at the file. I can guarantee you I'd get it, but it would take time.
Since Ford had every intention of being the "CEO" at this Charter School, exposing him was a public service.
Other Charter school advocates, like consultant Howard Kutz, told The Express Times he's sorry to see Ford go, calling him a gentleman. That should be enough to make one wonder whether the prime motivation here is education or sucking money from a school district to create a private school for Shiloh Baptist Church.
I have supported some charter schools. This is not one of them.