WASHINGTON — A secret audit of an acclaimed D.C. high school hints at widespread enrollment fraud to avoid an additional $12,000 in tuition.

State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang told The Washington Post Tuesday the annual audit of student residency at D.C. schools uncovered “specific concerns” at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. A review of public records associated with students’ parents found suspect claims of DC-residency. Ellington charges nonresidents $12,000 more in tuition.

Initial results were shared in December with state superintendent’s and attorney general’s office officials, but the probe might have been slowed as it’s a mayoral election year. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and Kang deny the allegation.

The state superintendent’s office is now checking the residency of every Ellington student, about 500 of which are registered in D.C.

Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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