The FBI and other federal agencies raided the home of the former director of a Los Angeles charter school that was recently closed by the district due to fiscal mismanagement. The Los Angeles school board voted to close Community Preparatory Academy last April due to ongoing mismanagement.

Federal law enforcement agents have seized records from the home of the former director of Community Preparatory Academy, a Los Angeles charter school that recently closed amid allegations of fiscal mismanagement.

The raid was carried out Tuesday morning by several agencies working in conjunction, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Secret Service with assistance from the FBI. Also taking part was the Los Angeles Unified School District through its inspector general….

The district repeatedly sent warning notices over issues such as minimally qualified teachers, inadequate teacher training, misassignment of teachers outside their subject area and a high ratio of substitutes, the report stated.

Some of the financial difficulties stemmed from a slow start. In the first year of its five-year run, school leaders recruited fewer than 80 students, throwing CPA into deficit spending from the get-go.

The school enrolled 338 students. The district accused it of padding its enrollment and other abuses. Questions were also raised about conflicts of interest and payments to the director’s husband. The director had previously run another charter that closed. (Culture and Language Academy of Sucess).

The closed school had received $575,00 from the federal Charter Schools Program, $433,000 from the state to pay rent, $338,000 from the state facilities fund for co-location fees, and $250,000 from the state Charter School Revolving Loan Fund. A grand total of $1.6 million wasted.

Despite the school’s multiple inadequacies and repeated warnings of violations, state law prevented closing it down until the charter came up for renewal.