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Charter Schools Face Possible Shutdown Over Link To Cheating Scandal

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Southland charter school operator that was  brought in to clean house after a local cheating scandal may be shut down over a scandal of its own.

The Los Angeles school board on Tuesday voted against renewing the operating agreements for the Crescendo charter school at 49th and Western in South L.A. and five other locations.

The move came after the school board learned that one of the principals involved in a cheating scandal had been hired by the new company appointed to oversee the charters.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the action caught many parents by surprise — and left even more angry over the disruption.

“We should be able to send our children to school with no concerns of cheating, harm, any danger to our children at all,” said one concerned mom.

Crescent was brought in after founder and executive director John Allen was fired for ordering principals and teachers to use actual test questions to prepare students for the state standardized tests.

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