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Jul 3, 2009 12:22 PM

Cesar Chavez schools to face audit

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Colorado education officials have agreed to audit a Pueblo-based network of charter schools amid allegations of cheating on standardized tests and questions about salaries paid to top administrators.

Pueblo City Schools officials asked the Colorado Department of Education to review the Cesar Chavez Network, which manages three charter schools in Pueblo and two in Colorado Springs.
Officials of the network have denied the cheating allegations and say the salaries are warranted.

Records show that Lawrence Hernandez, the Chavez Network's chief executive, was paid more than $260,000 last year. His wife, Annette Hernandez, the network's chief operating officer, was paid nearly $135,000.

The records show chief financial officer Jason Guerrero was paid nearly $248,000.

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