Ivy Academia charter schools under in...

Ivy Academia charter schools under investigation

There are 775 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jun 24, 2009, titled Ivy Academia charter schools under investigation. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

The Los Angeles district attorney issued search warrants this week at several Ivy Academia campuses, one of the state's top performing charter schools, in connection with an ongoing investigation, officials said Wednesday.

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ivy student

Palm Desert, CA

#22 Jun 25, 2009
okay i love my school and people come on, we learn here this is where we grow and experince school. this school should not be shut down because our school has worked so hard to get to the #1 charter school give us some salck
XK10H

Los Angeles, CA

#23 Jun 25, 2009
Targeting white schools because they show up and learn..more reverse discrimination..sorry if all kids cant be stupid illegals who pass grades weather they qualify or not..
WV Parent

Canoga Park, CA

#24 Jun 25, 2009
It's been rumored for years that the people behind Ivy are crooked. And, it's common knowledge that their students score high because they do a good job of recruiting high scoring students, and scaring away kids that don't score high (Special Ed, English learners,etc.), not because of anything they do in their classrooms.
WV Parent

Canoga Park, CA

#25 Jun 25, 2009
Oh, and by the way, Ivy's high scores are lower than many of the public schools in the area. I wish writers would do some research, rather than repeating Ivy's sales pitch.

Since: Oct 08

West Hills, CA

#26 Jun 26, 2009
clear wrote:
700 students per campuses. That is 175 students per school. Their class sizes aereage to 14 students per class. They beter be on the top academia. That is even smaller than special ed CBI classes at LAUSD.
Performance/$/Sutdent are what matter, for decades LAUSD has been closing campuses (there are several shuttered elementary schools within 5 miles of my house) while at the schools that exist the kids are often in "temporary" bungalos that are older than I am.

LAUSD says this is more cost efficient, they even have common sense on their side in saying so (highly unusual) because paying to operate fewer school sites should cost less. But charter schools which smaller student bodies disprove that.

Everything about these schools is a threat to the LAUSD and the UTLA. As long as these schools exist and succeed it underscores to everyone how bad of a job the current system is doing at educating our children.
clear

Los Angeles, CA

#27 Jun 26, 2009
raitchison wrote:
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Performance/$/Sutdent are what matter, for decades LAUSD has been closing campuses (there are several shuttered elementary schools within 5 miles of my house) while at the schools that exist the kids are often in "temporary" bungalos that are older than I am.
LAUSD says this is more cost efficient, they even have common sense on their side in saying so (highly unusual) because paying to operate fewer school sites should cost less. But charter schools which smaller student bodies disprove that.
Everything about these schools is a threat to the LAUSD and the UTLA. As long as these schools exist and succeed it underscores to everyone how bad of a job the current system is doing at educating our children.
Look at the reports done by Stanford published within the last two weeks by the LA Times. Charter schools do not perform better on CSAT test than regular public schools.
sue

Los Angeles, CA

#28 Jun 26, 2009
Well, Clear and others, that just shows that contrary to the smear campaign against charters by LAUSD, they do NOT "cherry pick" students.

Many are in the worst areas and are often for black students, and since LAUSD is doing everthing it can to prevent following the law requiring them to share space, the schools operate without playgrounds, cafeterias, etc. I don't support this particular charter, but the usual griping heard here and elsewhere about Ivy supports that LAUSD and others determined to fight charters are behind this.

(To the guy who says one school is run by a Russian Jew so it's not surprising it's shady with money, you're pathetic. However there ARE Russian and Armenian mafias operating who use businesses as fronts and infiltrate regular businesses with their normal-seeming employees, like the gas station robberies, but that's a case of immigrant crooks being not just Latinos. They're also Asian and Nigerian, as they used to be Italian etc.)
Joseph Garner

AOL

#29 Jun 26, 2009
Rick Roll wrote:
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You are such a twisted liar. Two independent, longitudinal studies show that in CA and nationwide that charter schools perform equal to or worse than public schools. Shovel your crap elsewhere.
You are right to feel that "schools" like La Academia del Puebo in El Sereno, and other substitutes for Public Schools are plenty good enough for today's valueless, heartless,animals who vote in Los Angeles.

No other American City has ever embraced Failure like L.A.'s twisted mentally defective voters.

What else could explain Villagairosa?
Truth Will Set You Free

Torrance, CA

#30 Jun 26, 2009
"ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the burden of proof rests on who asserts, not on who denies)" Innocent until proven otherwise. Please give this school the benefit of the doubt.

Ivy Academia is simply a d.b.a. for a non-profit called "Alternative Schools, Inc.". As a 501(c)(3), the board of directors must comprise of neutral persons that decide salary, contractual relationships, and other $$ matters in an unbias fashion.

If Tatyana Berkovich, the founder and president of Ivy Academia, sits on the board along with her husband, Eugene Selivanov (note the obfuscation with the 'different' last names), then there maybe a clear conflict of interest which will cause the IRS to revoke their non-profit status. I will contact the IRS to see if I am correct. Are all the board members truly independent? Do they have 'friends' on the board?

Why does MRS. BERKOVICH-SELIVANOV sit on the board along with her husband? Do they live a lavish life? Ummmm....

Does the LAUSD review someone's resume' to determine if they have the educational background to open a Charter school? Has MRS. BERKOVICH ever taught a child or ever worked at a school or is she cred.? What about MR. SELIVANOV? Does he have a degree in education? What about their principals? Do they have the experience necessary to teach 700 innocent children?

Why is everyone blaming the LAUSD for IVY's alleged fraud? "Well officer there are so many other people speeding, why should I be the only one ticketed"...two wrongs NEVER make a right..a very basic legal concept.

I hope everyone understands that you can't cheat the system and get away with it.
sumsum

United States

#31 Jun 26, 2009
Mike In LA wrote:
I have a nephew that attends Ivy Academia and i heard that the pricipal is a russian jew. Financial shadyness doesn't surprise me at all .
you are a racist jerk.
sumsum

United States

#32 Jun 26, 2009
You are a racist jerk. that comment was totally scum and I am not even jewish or Russian.
sumsum

United States

#33 Jun 26, 2009
Truth Will Set You Free wrote:
"ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the burden of proof rests on who asserts, not on who denies)" Innocent until proven otherwise. Please give this school the benefit of the doubt.
Ivy Academia is simply a d.b.a. for a non-profit called "Alternative Schools, Inc.". As a 501(c)(3), the board of directors must comprise of neutral persons that decide salary, contractual relationships, and other $$ matters in an unbias fashion.
If Tatyana Berkovich, the founder and president of Ivy Academia, sits on the board along with her husband, Eugene Selivanov (note the obfuscation with the 'different' last names), then there maybe a clear conflict of interest which will cause the IRS to revoke their non-profit status. I will contact the IRS to see if I am correct. Are all the board members truly independent? Do they have 'friends' on the board?
Why does MRS. BERKOVICH-SELIVANOV sit on the board along with her husband? Do they live a lavish life? Ummmm....
Does the LAUSD review someone's resume' to determine if they have the educational background to open a Charter school? Has MRS. BERKOVICH ever taught a child or ever worked at a school or is she cred.? What about MR. SELIVANOV? Does he have a degree in education? What about their principals? Do they have the experience necessary to teach 700 innocent children?
Why is everyone blaming the LAUSD for IVY's alleged fraud? "Well officer there are so many other people speeding, why should I be the only one ticketed"...two wrongs NEVER make a right..a very basic legal concept.
I hope everyone understands that you can't cheat the system and get away with it.
They do live a lavish live style drining to school in the $90,000 BMW. My duaghter goes here and I LOVE the philosophy but feel if there is smoke, there is probably fire. I hate seeing this and I do know that they bring home a lot of $$. Then they ask for a lot and well, we are going to probably look for a new school.
sumsum

United States

#34 Jun 26, 2009
I don't think that this school does anything differently then LAUSD. LAUSD SUCKS, the districts need to be smaller-at least where the money goes. One big reason the San Fernando Valley wanted to succeed form Los Angeles. If i live in this neighborhood, my prop taxes are suppose to take care of the school the streets and the what-not. The fact that my money goes to every school BUT, is a big joke. Under privilige schools get prop tax money from apartment owners and business, they get more $ for the schools, it jsut never goes to the schools, goes to the executive board memebers and staff... why??? so they can make shitty decisions where the $ that is left will go.
concerned parent

Los Angeles, CA

#35 Jun 26, 2009
So what does this mean if they are found guilty, will the schools be shut down?
Truth Will Set You Free

Santa Monica, CA

#36 Jun 26, 2009
Mike In LA wrote:
I have a nephew that attends Ivy Academia and i heard that the pricipal is a russian jew. Financial shadyness doesn't surprise me at all .
Your a racist disgusting small minded incorrect little man....what is your race and religion? Perhaps I can call you a stereo typical arse^&())___.
LATeacher 1X

San Diego, CA

#37 Jun 26, 2009
Global Education Academy is another district charter that should be investigated for fraud and financial mismanagement. Cortines needs to stop making cuts and go after all the theft that has occurred within LAUSD administration. This would close the budget gap. UTLA is also guilty of massive stupidity for not demanding audits and financial transparency.
LATeacher 1X

San Diego, CA

#38 Jun 26, 2009
An Ivy Parent wrote:
The academic scores and high ranking of our charter school should speak louder than any accusations...our students are are flourishing meanwhile other public schools are robbing their students of an education.
And it's common knowledge that teachers and principals in valley schools (public and charter) are notorious cheaters!
LATeacher 1X

San Diego, CA

#39 Jun 26, 2009
David in LA wrote:
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Your comment says more about YOU then about Jews (russian or otherwise).
I love all of you self-righteous hypocrites who are outraged at anti-semitism, yet continue to spew hatred toward Latinos. Everything you do Will eventually come back to you.
SprC7

Santa Monica, CA

#40 Jun 26, 2009
LATeacher 1X wrote:
<quoted text>And it's common knowledge that teachers and principals in valley schools (public and charter) are notorious cheaters!
You give the city of Los Angeles a bad name. When you make a general statement about a group without proof of their alleged cheating you are commiting libel and will be sued one day and fired.
Teacher

Downey, CA

#41 Jun 27, 2009
LATeacher 1X wrote:
<quoted text>And it's common knowledge that teachers and principals in valley schools (public and charter) are notorious cheaters!
As a teacher for a charter school in valley, I am extremely offended by this comment. I never have and never will "cheat" to improve my test scores. My students EARN their grades through hard work and effort. All of my students know that their grades are based on their effort/achievement and I don't give away good grades...they are earned.

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