August 26, 2006

Disabled-student vouchers fraud in Florida

Chavon Peoples, former administrator of Success Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested Wednesday in connection with charges that she defrauded the state of $400,000 by claiming that prospective or former students were attending the school on disabled-student vouchers when they were really in public schools. (See the short AP story from the St. Pete Times and a Jacksonville TV station report.)

On the one hand, the arrest shows that the FDOE is taking at least some steps to check the voucher receipts against enrollment records. On the other hand, it shows how vulnerable voucher programs are to fraud, even in a state with a computerized individual-student database.

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Posted in Education policy on August 26, 2006 11:36 PM |