WOODLAND HILLS—A vote from the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education denied five charter schools the renewal of their status on Tuesday, October 18. The five schools include Magnolia Science Academy in Carson, Reseda, and Van Nuys, as well as Celerity Dyad in South Los Angeles and Celerity Troika in Eagle Rock.

The Magnolia schools were facing scruinty in the last few months. According to the Los Angeles Times, the “direct concern for L.A. Unified was Magnolia’s importing of Turkish nationals and their families for teaching and other staff positions. That past practice is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the district’s inspector general.” The Celerity schools face similar problems and is also currently under investigation.

The LAUSD motioned to revoke the charter status of El Camino Real Charter High School, but under the condition that the school’s Executive Director and Principal David Fehte would resign immediately, the Board of Education temporarily halted the process. The executive director also reimbursed $6,000 to the school for personal expenses.

The reason behind the deal was due to the accusation that Fehte and other members of the school administration were excessively spending the school credit for non-school related purposes. Fehte is expected to leave office by Wednesday, October 26.

In a statement, Fehte says, “I will do what it takes to preserve this charter which we all worked so hard to establish.” To appease the district, Chief Business Officer Marshall Mayotte will also be resigning and staff credit cards will canceled.

The subject of Fehte’s inappropriate spending first came into question upon an investigation by the Los Angeles Daily News in May that revealed of large charges by the administrators totaling over $15,500 spent at Monty’s Prime Steaks & Seafood in 2014 and 2015, as well as first-class plane tickets and pricy hotel rooms.

Some students and parents are outraged by the LAUSD Board of Education decision. Others have argued that the administration needs to be held accountable.

The other five schools that were refused renewal have the opportunity to appeal the Board of Education’s decision at the county and state level.