April 11, 2021

Six districts ordered to pay back fees in charter fraud case

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Six school districts that profited from one of CA’s largest cases of charter school fraud must repay $1 million to the state, a judge ruled recently. The school districts were paid millions in oversight fees by A3 charter schools, yet the districts failed to hold A3 accountable, said San Diego Superior Court Judge Frederick Link.

In 2019 prosecutors accused A3’s leaders, Sean McManus and Jason Schrock, of creating a network of online charter schools that helped them defraud the state out of millions of dollars from 2016 to 2019. Prosecutors said A3 leaders bought children’s personal information to falsely enroll them into A3 schools, provided incomplete education services and took tens of millions of dollars for personal use.

A3 leaders also manipulated enrollment across their schools and manipulated school attendance reports to get money for time that children were not spending in A3 schools, prosecutors said.

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