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Old 02-19-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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Three of the highest-performing schools in the state are on the verge of being shut down by the Oakland school board, a decision that will pit passionate students and parents against district officials trying to safeguard taxpayer cash.

The schools have been scrutinized for financial impropriety, which includes funneling $3.8 million to founder and former director Ben Chavis and his wife through real estate deals, consulting and other services, raising conflict of interest and ethical issues. The schools and Chavis are being investigated by the Alameda County district attorney's office.

Unless the charter schools immediately address accounting problems, adequately address conflict of interest issues and prove all public funds are being, and will be, spent appropriately, the schools could close, requiring almost 700 American Indian charter students to find new schools by the fall.

Last year, district officials and a state audit identified an array of accounting issues while reviewing the renewal application for the American Indian Charter School II, which serves fifth through eighth grade.
For example, Chavis owned the Chinatown space leased to the school despite his involvement in the management and finances of the charter organization. He signed checks to himself, a serious violation of accounting principles.

Read more: 3 top Oakland schools at risk of closure - SFGate
The entire situation surrounding these schools reeks of corruption.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:17 PM
 
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The entire situation surrounding these schools reeks of corruption.
Yeah, you gotta watch out for those corrupt real estate types.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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Yeah, you gotta watch out for those corrupt real estate types.
Agreed buddy!
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:01 PM
 
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Yeah, anyone can jump to that conclusion upon reading that 3 charter schools may be closed down.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:24 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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So, Oakland has schools for Native kids? That's cool. Too bad at least one of 'em may close, though.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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I don't know if the schools are only for natives. There's a bunch of asians in the picture from the article.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:54 PM
 
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I don't know if the schools are only for natives. There's a bunch of asians in the picture from the article.
Well I guess we know you didn't read your own article...
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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I skimmed the important parts about fiscal impropriety which I posted above.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:17 AM
 
Location: The Bay
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American Indian was infamous for their mercilessness in "disciplining" troubled students which often involved shaving the heads of both boys and girls who had long hair (dreads, braids, ponytails, etc.) and other assorted punishments. They were also known for not encouraging free thought and taught strictly to the tests... Frankly I'm not particularly sad to see them disappear. The only sad outcome of this is that Skyline/Oakland Tech/et. all will become even more overcrowded.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:28 AM
 
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American Indian was infamous for their mercilessness in "disciplining" troubled students which often involved shaving the heads of both boys and girls who had long hair (dreads, braids, ponytails, etc.) and other assorted punishments. They were also known for not encouraging free thought and taught strictly to the tests... Frankly I'm not particularly sad to see them disappear. The only sad outcome of this is that Skyline/Oakland Tech/et. all will become even more overcrowded.
What are you talking about here, Flava--the old boarding schools? That's over! Native American families are allocated federal funds for the education of their kids, or the school districts are, per child. The parents have the right to request whatever services they want on the basis of those funds; they can request a special class within a standard public school, or if feasible, they can organize and pool all that money to create a Native-only school. Seattle has one like that: Indian Heritage Highschool. So I'm assuming that this is what that charter school discussed in the article is.

here's a quick overview of the Johnson-O'Malley Act, which created a funding base for Native kids' public school education:
http://american-education.org/1130-j...t-of-1934.html
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