CEO of embattled Inspire charter schools resigns

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The embattled Inspire charter school network says its founder and CEO has resigned.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the resignation last week of Herbert Nichols comes after seven California county schools superintendents requested the state audit the Inspire network for potential fraud.

No reason was given for the resignation and the newspaper could not reach Nichols for comment.

The superintendents said they have reason to believe Inspire engaged in fiscal malfeasance, conflicts of interest, manipulation of enrollment and revenue and other improper activity. In a statement earlier this month Inspire said it would cooperate with any state audit.

Since the first Inspire school opened in 2014, the charter network has grown rapidly to include an estimated 35,000-plus students across the state.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com