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Judge orders missing ex-private school head to pay back $300,000

Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee judge has ordered the head of a private school to pay back $300,000 in tax money he received to teach low-income kids under the state’s voucher program.

The only problem is that no one seems to know where 41-year-old Corey Daniels is.

Process servers have tried for months to find Daniels, and give him a summons outlining the state’s complaint against him. He ran the Milwaukee Institute of Academic Achievement in the 2011 and ’12 school year when reports surfaced about students being in danger.

The state Department of Public Instruction later terminated the institute’s participation in the choice program. The DPI said the school submitted false documents to the state, was never eligible to get the tax money it received.

Also, the DPI has barred Daniels from operating another voucher school.

When the choice program was expanded this year, the law only allowed previously-existing private schools to participate. The change was meant to discourage people from quickly putting together a private school in order to accept the public voucher money. 

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