Former charter school operator owes nearly $1 million, New Orleans school district says in suit

Former charter school operator owes nearly $1 million, New Orleans school district says in suit

The Orleans Parish public school district has sued the nonprofit organization that ran Mary D. Coghill Charter School for years until its charter was canceled, claiming the organization's board misappropriated public funds and still owes the school district nearly $1 million. The lawsuit was filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court last month against the Better Choice Foundation, which operated the F-rated school until NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. refused to renew their contract and ordered the district to take it over. The suit also names six individual board members and says they could be personally liable for the money. In response, Better Choice Foundation said the organization had spent some of the money during a legitimate process of closing out business after being shut down. The lawsuit marks the latest controversy to embroil the former elementary school in Gentilly Woods, which Lewis flagged for district takeover in 2019 because of the school's "F" grade from the state Department of Education. Orleans Parish school rules say charter contracts cannot be renewed if they have a failing grade in …
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