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American Indian schools’ charter revoked

Alleged corruption in leadership weighed more than excellent test scores and perfect graduation rates when the OUSD board voted 4-3 in last week’s meeting to revoke the American Indian Model charter schools’ charter. It took one tip more than a year ago; five months of investigation and auditing; $3.8 million of questionable spending that accuses [...]

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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OUSD board stands firm on American Indian charter school recommendation

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 [...]

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Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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Closure threat is mounting for Oakland’s American Indian charter schools

2012 file photo of Ben Chavis by D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group The American Indian Model Schools organization, whose governing board was accused last year of allowing its founder, Ben Chavis, and wife to funnel millions of tax dollars into their own companies and pockets, has failed to make the necessary fixes and should [...]

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Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013
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American Indian charter school parents speak out

American Indian Model Schools supporters, seen here at an April Oakland school board meeting, before the final state report on the charter organization was published. Photo by D. Ross Cameron. The fate of the American Indian Model Schools won’t be on Wednesday’s regular Oakland school board meeting agenda, but we can expect a large group [...]

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Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012
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Oakland’s American Indian charter schools respond to violation notice

photo of Ben Chavis, founder of American Indian Model Schools, by D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group 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 [...]

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Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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In split vote, OUSD board puts American Indian charter schools on notice

Last night, the Oakland school board issued a 1,080-page “notice of violation” to all three American Indian Model Schools over its fiscal and governance practices. (Link to the massive file here.) It’s the first step in a long process that could end in the closure of all three schools. Supporters of the charter school organization begged for [...]

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Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2012
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State auditors find misappropriation of funds, evidence of fraud and conflict of interest by charter school director

photo by D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group staff There’s much to say about this report, but it’s been a long day, and the school board meeting is still going on. So for now, what I have for you is a link to the Tribune story about the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team’s final [...]

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Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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Five Oakland schools win Title I achievement awards

Some good news for your spring break (or when you return to reality): The California Department of Education has announced the winners of the Title I Academic Achievement Award, a distinction for schools with rising test scores that receive funding for low-income children. All five Alameda County winners were public schools in Oakland: American Indian [...]

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Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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Live blog: American Indian charter hearing

Tonight, the Oakland school board went against its staff’s recommendation and renewed the charter for American Indian Public Charter School II. There was an overflow crowd at the meeting. Its director, Ben Chavis, entered the board room to applause. 10:00: The vote on Alice Spearman’s motion to approve the charter, with conditions, just passed, 4-3. Spearman, [...]

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Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
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Will Oakland’s top-scoring school be closed?

During a 6 5:30 p.m. special meeting Wednesday night, the Oakland school board considers the fate of American Indian Public Charter School II, a middle school in downtown Oakland with a near-perfect Academic Performance Index of 990. American Indian Public Charter School II, one of three schools run by American Indian Model Schools, is up [...]

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Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2012
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