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May 05, 2015

D.C. Charter-School Founder to Pay $3 Million to Settle Suit

The founder of one of Washington, D.C.'s oldest and largest charter-school groups and a management company he heads have agreed to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the city alleging diversion of public funds for private gain, according to The Washington Post. The District sued Kent Amos and his firm last June over millions of dollars in management fees collected from the Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter Schools since Mr. Amos established the network in 1998.

Under a consent agreement filed Friday and awaiting a judge's signature, the settlement money will go to the Community Academy or its "successors." The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted in February to revoke the academy's charter as of July 1, with its three campuses and online school set to be transferred to other education entities.