The Orange County school district has shut down a charter school after officials said they found evidence of serious financial mismanagement and abuses of state education law at the beloved Orlando elementary.
Among the alleged irregularities: Origins Montessori Charter School appears during the past school year to have accepted state money for students who were not enrolled at the school and assigned students to two teachers who were not on the employment rolls, school-district officials said.
Officials also found that during the past school year, Origins Montessori could not account for $27,945 the school reported spending on training. Nor could it account for money the school collected for student lunches and from eight fundraising events, according to the district.
Julie Sanborn, the school's director, denied any wrongdoing…
Chandler said the district had been watching Origins and alerted Sanborn several times during the past few years that the school was in danger of violating state education laws…
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DISTRICT PROBE CLOSES ORANGE CHARTER SCHOOL: THE FACILITY WAS MISMANAGED AND LACKED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY, OFFICIALS SAY; July 04, 2007; Orlando Sentinel (FL)