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October 29, 2014

D.C. Court Blocks Charter School's Payments to Founder's Firm

A Washington, D.C., judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring a charter school from paying fees to a management company set up by the institution's founder, who is facing a city lawsuit over the multimillion-dollar payments, reports The Washington Post. Superior Court Judge Neal E. Kravitz said he believes the city has a strong likelihood of showing at trial that the nonprofit Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School overpaid Kent Amos by about $1-million last year alone.

District officials sued Mr. Amos in June over the relationship between the 1,600-student Height school and a for-profit firm Mr. Amos co-founded in 2002. Washington charters are allowed to contract with management companies that employ school leaders, but Mr. Kravitz cited another District law requiring that nonprofit groups' operating revenue be used for public benefit rather than private enrichment. An attorney for Mr. Amos termed the ruling "harmful to the school community" and said he would seek a stay of the injunction.