In light of the scathing audit on the Cesar Chavez School Network, Pueblo City Schools has big concerns about Cesar Chavez Academy's debt. On Wednesday, the state treasurer traveled to Pueblo to address those concerns. Cary Kennedy says the academy owes nearly $15.7 million in bonds, which were used to... more »
Wednesday afternoon, the Pueblo City Schools board voted to put Cesar Chavez Academy and Dolores Huerta High on probation. The reason goes back to a state audit which criticized the school's former leaders, Lawrence and Annette Hernandez for wasting taxpayer dollars. Once the schools are served with the probation notice,... more »
Cesar Chavez Founders Lawrence and Annette Hernandez say they are "outraged and highly offended by the irresponsible conclusions and unwarranted personal attacks" leveled against them after the audit of the Cesar Chavez School Network was released last week.
They argue that the audit was really a "review," since the... more »
Fallout continues over a critical financial audit of the Cesar Chavez School Network.
For example, in one year the network spent $36,423 eating out at 165 restaurants. According to the report, nearly a third of that was spent by Dr. Lawrence Hernandez the former Chief Executive Officer, his wife... more »
News First 5 has received information from several sources that Cesar Chavez Academy in Pueblo is on some type of lock down mode. School officials have not returned our phone calls. On Wednesday one parent received a phone message informing her the school was on code 98. She tells News... more »
An audit of testing at a Pueblo charter school has found that many students were given extra time to complete state standardized tests. However, auditors found no evidence that the extra time resulted in improved test scores at Cesar Chavez Academy. They also didn't find any evidence of answer sheet... more »
Cesar Chavez Academy charter school in Pueblo will be closed for the remainder of the week because of swine flu. Almost 30% of students were absent Wednesday.
Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume next Tuesday. more »
The teachers and staff of the GOAL Academy, an online charter school created under the Cesar Chavez Academy Network, were apparently asked to write and sign "loyalty letters" to network founder and CEO Dr. Lawrence Hernandez or be fired. According to Eric Hall, the attorney for the GOAL Academy's charter... more »
The founders of the Cesar Chavez Network have been put on paid administrative leave. Dr. Lawrence Hernandez and his wife Annette got the news Thursday morning at Cesar Chavez Academy. A dispute over the leadership and finances boiled-over to the point that police were called to the charter school. Cesar... more »
A school official says almost 40 percent of the students at Cesar Chavez Academy in Colorado Springs are sick with what is presumed to be swine flu. The charter school's family support coordinator Alex Malone said at a board meeting Wednesday that five teachers and 86 of the school's 231... more »