DC says charter school funds diverted to founder

WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan is accusing the founder of one of the oldest and largest charter school networks in the city of funneling millions of school funds to a for-profit management company owned by the school founder.

Nathan filed a legal complaint Monday against Kent Amos who founded Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School. The group serves more than 1,600 students at four campuses and an online school.

According to the complaint, the company received millions of dollars in fees for work that could have been performed or was performed by employees of the school. Charter schools are allowed to contract with for-profit management companies. But the complaint alleges Amos used a shell company to divert tax dollars to himself.

An attorney for Amos denies the allegations.

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