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CPS Inspector General Investigating Chicago Virtual Charter School; CEO On Paid Leave

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TAKES TO US CHICAGO VIRTUAL SCHOOL WHERE DR. PRUITT COULD BE IN TROUBLE AND OTHERS MAY BE TOO. Reporter: THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDIES WHAT WENT ON AT CHICAGO VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOL. THEY ARE ON THE CHARTER SCHOOL WARNING LIST AND MORE DISCIPLINE MAY BE ON THE WAY. THE CPS INSPECTOR GENERAL TELLS ME HE LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION HERE, TOO. CBS2 UNCOVERED QUESTIONABLE SPENDING BY CHICAGO VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOL HIRE UPS THIS WINTER. ONE EXAMPLE, CEO DR. CHERYL PRUETT SIEIVED A 15% RAISE BRINGING THE SALARY TO $176,000 EVEN THOUGH CPS HAD SLAPPED THE CHARTER SCHOOL WITH FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC PROBATION BUT SINCE THE INTERVIEW IN MARCH. MY MESSAGE TO PARENTS RIGHT NOW IS TO KNOW THAT WE ARE VERY INVESTED IN THEM. Reporter: PRUITT HAS BEEN PROVING HERSELF SAY PARENTS. I SAW HER TRY TO REACH THE PARENTS IN ORDER TO GET US TOGETHER, LOOKING FOR PARENT SUPPORT WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WAS LACKING HERE. CALLING THE MEETING TO ORDER. Reporter: HER BOARD OF DIRECTORS MIGHT I DID AGREE AND PLACED PRUITT ON PAID LEAVE. WERE THERE ANY. Reporter: AND DIDN’T MENTION HER DURING WEDNESDAY’S BOARD MEETING. DO WE HAVE A CEO? DO WE NOT? IS SHE COME BACK WHAT DO WE HAVE TO MULTIPLY 4 BY TO GET 4. Reporter: THEY ARE IN THE MIDST OF THEIR INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL INVESTIGATION. DISTRICT LEADERS TELL US THEY INSTRUCTED THE BOARD TO PROVIDE THEM THE RESULTS OF THAT INVESTIGATION AND “TO TAKE APPROPRIATE EMPLOYMENT ACTION UP TO AND INCLUDING TERMINATION AGAINST ANY COOL OFFICIAL THAT IS ARE THE SUBJECT OF ALLEGATIONS. CAN I ASK YOU ABOUT THE STATUS OF DR. PRUITT? AGAIN, BECAUSE IT’S A PERSONNEL MATTER, CONFIDENTIAL. Reporter: WILL YOU VOTE ON HER TERMINATION ANY TIME SOON? NO. AGAIN, THERE’S NO DISCUSSION OF TERMINATION AT THIS TIME. SHAME ON YOU. Reporter: BOARD PRESIDENT KEN SPELLER WAS MUM ON WHY HE VOTED AGAINST 2 OUT OF 3 PARENTS WHO WANTED TO JOIN THE BOARD. BUT HE TELLS ME IT WAS HIM WHO CALLED THE CPS INSPECTOR GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE THE SCHOOL. I REACHED OUT TO THEM FIRST. Reporter: ABOUT WHAT? AGAIN PERSONNEL MATTERS. IT’S CONFIDENTIAL AND CAN’T BE DISCUSSED. Reporter: OUR PREVIOUS INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE SCHOOL WAS USING TAXPAYER MONEY TO SHUTTLE’S STAFF MEMBER BETWEEN CHICAGO AND ATLANTA. THE CPS INSPENTOR GENERAL WOULDN’T BUDGE WHEN I ASKED IF HE IS LOOKING INTO THAT ONLY SAYING THAT THIS IS AN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION. I AM LAUREN VICTORY, CBS2 NEWS. . THIS MORNING, INSIDER STORY LIKE MANY FROM THE MORNING INSIDER STARTED WITH A VIEWER TIP. IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE SCHOOL OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR US

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