Thirteen binders of material from the American Indian Model Schools were delivered to the Oakland school district offices this week in response to the “notice of violation” the charter school organization received this fall from OUSD.
The prospect of OUSD shutting down three of the city’s top-scoring schools stems from a damning Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team investigation which cited numerous examples of self-dealing and conflicts of interest by the organization’s founder, Ben Chavis, and his wife (and former accountant for the organization), Marsha Amador.
The case has been turned over to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. So far, no word on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed.
The Oakland school district has not released the response from AIM Schools, but Troy Flint, the district’s spokesman, says we can expect a summary from OUSD next week.
No word yet, though, on when the board will respond to the response.
“We just received a voluminous response – thousands of pages – from American Indian on Monday night and are still sorting through it. No determination has been made on when this matter will be heard by the Board.”
What happens next? 1) The district evaluates the response.
2) If OUSD staff and board decide the response isn’t sufficient to address the district’s concerns, they will likely hold a public charter revocation hearing, which would have to be on or before Jan. 25.
3) Thirty to 60 days after the public hearing — if there is such a hearing — the OUSD board makes a final decision on whether to revoke the charters for all three American Indian Model schools.
As soon as I have the summary, I’ll let you know.