It was September 30 and only 25 feet away stood Soner Tarim, the wizard of charter schools, from Houston, TX (even though he said that day he lives in Montgomery).

It was a meeting of the state charter school commission and Tarim was there to tell us how wonderful things are at LEAD Academy charter in Montgomery; and then give a progress report on Woodland Prep in Washington County since he has a consulting contract with both. 

He dodged question after question for at least an hour, apparently suffering from some malady that prevents a person from giving a direct answer to even the most basic question. For instance, when asked if he lived in Montgomery. he said he did, which everyone in the room knew was

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