Audit accuses Colorado charter school of nepotism |

Audit accuses Colorado charter school of nepotism

DENVER (AP) – An independent audit says a Pueblo and Denver charter school network overpaid its employees and engaged in nepotism.

The 193-page report released Wednesday says executives at the Cesar Chavez School Network were paid almost 200 percent more than other leaders at comparable charter schools. The report was sent to Pueblo prosecutors to determine whether officials broke laws and Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight Jones demanded “swift action.”

The Colorado Department of Education, Pueblo City Schools and the Charter School Institute requested the report by MGT of America in Sacramento, Calif.

Former director and co-founder of the charter school, Lawrence Hernandez, says the report is a sham.

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