Charter schools plead for money after data error costs $2.3 million

11:16 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 Atlanta Education News
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Aug. 3, 2015 - Atlanta - Stephanie Reaves' Kindergarten class plays a game as they introduce themselves on the first day of school at Kindezi at Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta. The school joined Kindezi School West in the charter organization's line-up, which has since expanded to include Gideons Elementary. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

A data-entry error has a cost an Atlanta charter school operation $2.3 million, prompting a plea to Georgia lawmakers for help.

It’s a problem for Atlanta Public Schools because the charter operator, Kindezi School, is part of the city’s school turnaround strategy.

Dean Leeper, the Kindezi founder, asked a House of Representatives subcommittee Monday for nearly $1 million that should have been requested previously through the state's formal budgeting process for two of his schools.

APS sent an administrator to testify by his side.

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