‘Major Problems’ Found With City-Funded Tutoring Program

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A local tutoring company is under investigation for allegedly billing for tutoring services that did not occur.

Columbus City Schools officials said that Apostolic Faith Temple, Inc. is being investigated for alleged fraudulent invoicing for the 2010-11 school year.

AFT, Inc. received more than $324,000 in public money for tutoring services that are now being called into question. AFT, Inc. is a Supplemental Education Services provider, which is a federally-funded No Child Left Behind program.

One mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said that she worked as a clerical worker for the AFT for a few months in 2011.

“I saw that they were unorganized,” the mother said. “The communication wasn’t there.”

She also enrolled her son in the AFT, Inc. tutoring program. She pulled him out of the program after just one day.

“I had a tutor come to my house at 9 p.m. asking for my signature for more than 30 days of attendance they had written out for him, when he only attended one day,” the mother said.

The mother told the tutor that she could not sign the paperwork, because it was untrue.

Watchdog10 confirmed the mother’s allegations.

Supplemental Education Services monitors wrote up AFT, Inc. for students signing in and out prior to their scheduled tutoring sessions. One observer said that many students who showed up for tutoring services were not engaged.

Columbus City Schools officials told Watchdog10 that they investigated the allegations, as they do with all SES providers.

Kathy Bealer, the woman in charge of the AFT, Inc. tutoring program, said that she would have to speak with the AFT’s bishop before speaking with Watchdog10.

Bishop Nathaniel Jordan said that the Apostolic Faith Temple was different than AFT, Inc. and Watchdog10 would have to speak with Bealer.

“It’s all about the kids, not the money,” Jordan said.

AFT, Inc. operations were suspended in March this year because of the accusations of fraud.

The State Auditor’s Office now is investigating the use of funds.

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