LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has stepped up its oversight of charter schools in the wake of a rash of problems at the publicly funded, independent schools.

Over the past year, LAUSD, which hosts the most charter schools of any district in the nation — 183 currently, with roughly another 20 slated to open in the fall, has had to deal with financial mismanagement at ICEF Public Schools and a test cheating scandal at Crescendo Schools.

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That’s in addition to the former principal at the New Academy Canoga Park being sent to prison for embezzlement.

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Earlier this year, the district also closed another charter — Cornerstone Prep Academy — for a poor academic record.

The district has now increased its scrutiny of charters’ finances and academics.

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