Charter School Network chief resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations – NBC Chicago

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Tim King, CEO and founder of the Urban Prep Academies of Chicago, has resigned from his position amid allegations of sexual misconduct with a student, officials say.

A letter to parents that was sent Wednesday, without specifically naming King, laid out the status of the Chicago Public Schools investigation.

“CPS has asked the UPA Board to send a letter to families advising you that the Chicago Public Schools (IG) Inspector General has opened an investigation into the improper conduct of an Urban Prep administrator. Academies with a student,” the letter reads. “The administrator immediately took leave at the start of the investigation and was prohibited from entering CPS facilities, including those leased to Urban Prep Academies. He was also prohibited from having any contacts with UPA students.

An investigation by the inspector general backed up the allegations, the letter said, accusing King of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student.

“Our CPS leadership immediately demanded that the UPA remove the administrator following this final decision,” the letter read. “The Administrator appealed the decision and the CPS Title IX Coordinator denied his appeal. After the appeal was denied, the Administrator resigned from Urban Prep Academies and the CPS was notified of his resignation. Friday, July 29, 2022.”

NBC 5 has reached out to King’s attorney, Andy DeVooght, for comment, but no statement has yet been released.

In a previous interview with Chicago’s WBEZ, DeVooght called the IG report a “kangaroo investigation” and said his client was innocent of any wrongdoing.

A source close to King sent us this statement on King’s behalf:

“I will do my best to fight these false claims, which have been dismissed by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services.”

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