A man who was principal of a charter high school in Philadelphia for five years alleged that the charter chain had misappropriated $1.2 million in public funds. He filed suit in federal court as a whistle-blower. When the Justice Department declined to join his suit, he dropped out.


Meanwhile the city’s charter office has recommended not renewing the charters of this chain because of poor academic performance.


Aspira, a nonprofit that focuses on Latino youth and education, has been fighting to retain control of both schools for months. The district’s charter office has recommended that the SRC not renew the agreements because the schools are entangled in a web of financial transactions with Aspira and have not achieved the academic improvements the organization promised.


Lajara’s complaint said that while he was principal of Stetson, federal funds were misused, including to pay off Aspira’s debt on other properties. Aspira has five charter schools.


He said the U.S. Department of Education awarded Aspira a grant totaling nearly $400,000 over two years for classroom furniture and technology at Stetson. Aspira said it would use $230,000 to buy four mobile laptop labs in 2010-11 and nine the next year..


Lajara said that no laptops were purchased while he was principal and that the only computers at Stetson were donated refurbished ones.


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