Saturday, September 27, 2008
The L.A. Times reports that St. Hope Academy, based in Sacramento, CA, will lose its federal funding effective immediately. Questions about fiscal and operational improprieties in the Academy-run Neighborhood Corps volunteer program led to an investigation. One of the allegations is that volunteers were used to campaign for school board members. Although the investigation has not been completed, the Corp. for National and Community Service, which oversees Americorps and is involved in the investigation, concluded that suspending funding immediately was necessary. St. Hope Academy is run by Kevin Johnson, a Sacramento Mayoral candidate. The Johnson campaign suspects political motives in the decision to suspend funding immediately, before the completion of the investigation.