The Oakland school board voted 6-1 last night to issue a “notice of intent to revoke” the charters for three schools run by American Indian Model Schools: American Indian Public Charter School (6-8), American Indian Public Charter School II (K-8) and American Indian Public High School.
The next hearing will be Feb. 13. The final decision comes in March, possibly on March 20.
The OUSD board members — with the exception of Chris Dobbins, who cast the dissenting vote — made it clear they didn’t want to hear defenses or excuses. They said they wanted better accounting controls and governance practices — and assurances that the organization’s founder, Ben Chavis, and his wife, Marsha Amador, would be separated from all aspects of managing the organization and its finances.
A report published in June by the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team found $3.8 million of questionable expenditures, including numerous conflicts of interests involving Chavis, Amador and their businesses.
AIM Schools does have a new board, one that includes two former OUSD board members, in fact — Toni Cook and Sylvester Hodges, who addressed the board at Wednesday’s meeting and urged OUSD to consider the academic program.
OUSD administrator David Montes de Oca acknowledged the schools’ strong academic performance and mentioned the possibility of the schools being run by another charter management organization. He didn’t name any.
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