Bradley Academy in Goodyear

PHOENIX (AP) — The former director of a Goodyear charter school is pleading guilty to exaggerating enrollment to secure millions of funding dollars.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says Daniel K. Hughes entered the plea Wednesday involving one felony count each of conspiracy and theft.

He faces between three and 12-1/2 years in prison for the conspiracy charge. He will serve probation upon his release for the theft charge.

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Prosecutors say school officials and employees at Bradley Academy of Excellence plotted together to over-report the number of students during a two-year period before closing abruptly in December 2017.

As a result, Bradley Academy received roughly $2.5 million of undeserved funding from state and federal education departments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for meals.

A sentencing date has not been set.


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Thanks to everyone who voted no on 305. These garbage "schools" exist for one reason-- to line conservatives' pockets, which is why they want the expansion. Charters cheapen and corrode public education. (Parents must be so proud when their kids graduate from an educational institution located in a strip mall right next to JoAnn's Fabrics.)

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