Denver Public Schools will pay $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the school district lied about service hours for two years to collect grant money from AmeriCorps, a national education service program.
The school district falsely reported that a significant portion of the district’s members had performed the necessary service hours to qualify for an AmeriCorps education award in 2015 and 2016, when they had not, the U.S. District Attorney Office, District of Colorado said in a news release Tuesday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged that six DPS programs were not eligible for $557,200 they received in direct funding from AmeriCorps, and that AmeriCorps granted the district $858,674 in education awards based on its numerous false certifications for those six programs.
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