Johnson, St. HOPE Academy Banned from Receiving Federal Funds
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Sacramento mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson and one of the non-profit organizations he founded have been temporarily banned from receiving federal funds. But St. HOPE officials say their charter schools and redevelopment projects won’t be affected.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We often speak of Kevin Johnson’s “St. HOPE” as a single organization. But actually, there are five different non-profits. And it’s one of them – the St. HOPE Academy – that’s under investigation for the potential misuse of federal funds.
As of Wednesday, Johnson, former employee Dana Gonzalez and the Academy are no longer eligible for federal funds while the investigation continues. The Academy shares some of its board members and employees with other St. HOPE non-profits, but CEO Rick Maya says the ban only applies to the Academy.
Maya: “Any type of sanction or debarment on the Academy will not have any effect on St. HOPE Public Schools or the Development Company because we are separate non-profit entities altogether.”
KXJZ could not independently verify that statement Wednesday night.
Through his campaign, Johnson said he’s fully cooperated with the review from the start and will continue to do so until it’s done.
The investigation is now in the hands of the Justice Department, which will decide whether to file charges.