Another charter school under the microscope


Monday’s lawsuit targets a major player in the D.C. business, education and philanthropic worlds. (D.C. Superior Court)

Another shoe has dropped in Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan’s investigation into charter-school profiteering, and more of a Size 15 army boot: Nathan filed suit Monday alleging that Kent Amos, a prominent businessman and political player, illegally sucked millions of dollars out of his Community Academy Public Charter School over the past decade. Much like the Options charter school case, Amos allegedly profited by owning a for-profit company that contracted with the nonprofit charter school for work of questionable value, The Post’s Emma Brown reports. Among the for-profit firm’s assets: a 2010 Lexus sport-utility vehicle with the license plate “KIDS.” Amos’s attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., says the charges are “without merit” and rooted in a “significant and philosophical difference of opinion” over city law.

In other news:

Health nuts and yogis — and cigar aficionados — stand up against tax hikes (PostWTTG-TV)

But the gym tax isn’t going anywhere, Mendo says (WAMU-FM)

“Expanding the sales tax to gym memberships is about sound tax policy, not about discouraging residents from working out” (DCFPI)

Unsealed court order shows federal judge ordered prosecutors to name Vincent Gray during Jeffrey Thompson’s plea hearing (PostLoose Lips)

Tommy Wells now wishy-washier on D.C. United stadium (Loose Lips)

Gray says he got only a last-minute text invite to Muriel Bowser’s unity fundraiser (Loose Lips)

Bowser “will be a lovely, lovely mayor,” says Andy Shallal (Informer)

D.C. has lost all but four of its hometown banks (WBJ)

Relisha Rudd went missing 95 days ago (WJLA-TV)

Wage-theft bill set for initial council vote today (AP)

DMPED awards small-business grant to small business not actually in D.C. (Housing Complex)

Behold the plans to redevelop the Portner Place complex next to the Reeves Center (WBJ)

PN Hoffman will build 130 condos at The Yards (WBJUrbanTurf)

Hizzoner cuts more ribbons in Shaw (WJLA-TVWRC-TV)

moveDC is “a very strong plan, but is it going anywhere?” (GGW)

Plan includes bike bridge from Georgetown to Roosevelt Island (G’town Met)

Patton Boggs is down almost two dozen lawyers after merger (Capital Business)

The unbuilt conventional hall once planned for where the National Gallery now stands (Streets of Washington)

No one seems to like Monument Realty’s Chinatown plans (District Source)

Study: L Street cycletrack means more cyclists on L Street (City Desk)

See how much a Silver Line ride will cost you (Dr. Gridlock)

Metro proposes axing some 30-line bus stops (PlanItMetro)

Deanwood street is closed after fireworks explode under parked car (Post)

Adrian Fenty talks tennis (Reliable Source)

Architect Arthur Cotton Moore: Georgetown waterfront is not an “upper class, pricey area” (Post letter)

Parking enforcement vehicle gets a parking ticket (PoPville)

Annual city “truck touch” is Saturday (Hill Rag)

Millennial Week is here (City Desk)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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