Court documents: Ivy Academia charter...

Court documents: Ivy Academia charter school official misused $200,...

There are 65 comments on the LA Daily News story from Aug 13, 2010, titled Court documents: Ivy Academia charter school official misused $200,.... In it, LA Daily News reports that:

A $995 CD set on "how to avoid paying taxes" was among the items an Ivy Academia charter school official purchased with more than $200,000 in misused public funds, authorities alleged in court documents unsealed this week.

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gizmo

Ontario, CA

#1 Aug 13, 2010
Deport them after INS takes away thier passports and citizenship!
Do you Question Me

Van Nuys, CA

#2 Aug 13, 2010
Considering the local government mismanages money who can blame them.
Sue

Honolulu, HI

#3 Aug 13, 2010
"Allegations of misuse and co-mingling of public funds first arose against Selivanov and Berkovich in an LAUSD Inspector General audit in 2007. Even after that, however, LAUSD officials gave Ivy a five-year renewal in June 2008."

Will someone please get an answer from LAUSD to explain why this school was given a 5 year renewal under these conditions?

LAUSD claims it has oversight responsibilities for charter schools but these schools get to choose their own auditors. Hmmmm....maybe not such a good idea.
Outrage

Santa Monica, CA

#4 Aug 13, 2010
Fire those who approved these greedy clowns for a five year charter while they were under criminal investigation. Ivys non profit status should be revoked by the IRS. How can Mr Cortines allow this charter remain given Eugene hold the leases to the school facility in his personal name along with Berkovich. This fatal conflict of interest is grounds to revoke the charter perhaps? I hope Mr Cortines memory isn't tarnished by Ivy and the two founders arrogance and bad ethics. How can this school remain viable given the criminal defendants hold the leAse to the main campus. I don't think so. This is sooo sad. The founders should be ashamed. The are truly the opposite of An ethical business. Is this what America has come to, place millions of dollars of public monies in the hands of unbonded unethical, unqualified so called 'administer'. Mr Corrines need to call his attorneys and immediately set a revocation hearing for next week.
For Profit

Chatsworth, CA

#5 Aug 13, 2010
Means for Profit. Duh.
Horace Mann

Whittier, CA

#6 Aug 14, 2010
Do you think these two could've pulled this off at a non-charter school?
DavidinLA

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Aug 14, 2010
Lets see here...the kids at Ivy perform well, they hire teachers rather then lay them off, their school year is not being shortened, and the owners still managed to find $200,000 to "embezzle?" As far as I am concerned they should be running LAUSD. LAUSD mismanages hundreds of millions of dollars and does not even do right by the students. At least at Ivy the kids are still learning.

Also...I have heard arguments that they fire expensive "experianced" teachers and only hire new comers. Well I will take an enthusiastic new teacher over a sometimes lazy, tenured, union teacher that has "job security." Again, the kids are doing well so the argument that all the teachers are inexperianced is irrelevant.

Finally, I have heard the argument that they "cherry-pick" only good students. Just another reason to try and get your kid into Ivy...they won't have the disruptive kids interupting and impeding thier education.

Go Ivy...hopefully I can enroll my child into your program!
That is it

Inglewood, CA

#8 Aug 14, 2010
If after FOUR years of investigation 995 CD is the most explosive thing they found at the company the spends about $8 million, then this case would be dismissed failry soon..
What is a problem

Inglewood, CA

#9 Aug 14, 2010
This is an entrpepreneurial school. So they could have bought Tax seminar course for students...
TRUTH

Inglewood, CA

#10 Aug 14, 2010
Sue wrote:
"Allegations of misuse and co-mingling of public funds first arose against Selivanov and Berkovich in an LAUSD Inspector General audit in 2007. Even after that, however, LAUSD officials gave Ivy a five-year renewal in June 2008."
Will someone please get an answer from LAUSD to explain why this school was given a 5 year renewal under these conditions?
LAUSD claims it has oversight responsibilities for charter schools but these schools get to choose their own auditors. Hmmmm....maybe not such a good idea.
Because, even at LAUSD, many people do not believe that there was anything wrong...As more facts become known we will see who was right....
Batoche

Saskatoon, Canada

#11 Aug 14, 2010
Right - this is so much better than the established public system - spare me, please.
Andrew

Burbank, CA

#12 Aug 14, 2010
Oh please people, who would ever want to run any government business without getting paid for it? our government is the biggest loser they have no idea how to run a business or how to manage a business. I hope the case gets thrown out.
Andrew

Burbank, CA

#13 Aug 14, 2010
DavidinLA wrote:
Lets see here...the kids at Ivy perform well, they hire teachers rather then lay them off, their school year is not being shortened, and the owners still managed to find $200,000 to "embezzle?" As far as I am concerned they should be running LAUSD. LAUSD mismanages hundreds of millions of dollars and does not even do right by the students. At least at Ivy the kids are still learning.
Also...I have heard arguments that they fire expensive "experianced" teachers and only hire new comers. Well I will take an enthusiastic new teacher over a sometimes lazy, tenured, union teacher that has "job security." Again, the kids are doing well so the argument that all the teachers are inexperianced is irrelevant.
Finally, I have heard the argument that they "cherry-pick" only good students. Just another reason to try and get your kid into Ivy...they won't have the disruptive kids interupting and impeding thier education.
Go Ivy...hopefully I can enroll my child into your program!


I agree
CULT LEADER

Oceanside, CA

#14 Aug 14, 2010
Well, this just gose to show you how these
lazy, tenured , greedy teachers will steal from
our childrens future to profit themselves. Don't
be fooled either, this happens at all the public
schools. If you were to audit any school in LAUSD
this same thing would be discovered. This is
not an isolated incident. These lazy public school
teachers have been stealing from our kids for years. They just can't wait until their 55 years
old to collect their big city of Bell pensions.
What rotten human being these public school teachers really are, they use are little children to get rich off. They make me sick.
A Reptile Dysfunction

Pasadena, CA

#15 Aug 14, 2010
A couple of crooked Commies.
What else is new ?
Murat

AOL

#16 Aug 14, 2010
Why is the notion of Charter school fraud so novel to some of you? 3 years ago Califorinia Charter Academy was busted by the feds for more than $25 million in embezzlement charges. Charter schools are publically funded YET privately managed, the accountability has not been estabilished yet.
Money laundering, racketeering, embezzlement are commonplace with charter schools as they co-mingle OUR PUBLIC FUNDS with private donations set up in a network of foundations and institutes like Ivy Academy did.
In the USA there is a network of Gulen Movement managed US Charter schools in California they are called Magnolia Science Academy and Bay Area Technology Schools. Magnolia just opened a new school in San Fernando Valley and another in Santa Clara, CA. They are run by uncredentialed teachers from Turkey under Islamic Imman Fethullah Gulen- who only has a 5th grade education yet claims to be a "scholar"
The foundations over the Magnolia / Bay area technology schools in Calfornia are: Pacifica Institute, Willow Education, MERF (Magnolia Education and Research Foundation) Accord Institute and Dialog Foundation of San Diego. they also work heavily promoting Turkey and Turkish Nationalism with the students who perform in Gulen sponsored Turkish Olympiads in the USA and in Turkey. Many US Politicians are wined and dined by the various Gulen foundations and interfaith nonsense.
I am from Turkey and we do not want Gulen back, he left our country as he was being charged with overthrowing a secular government. He resides on 25 acres in your Poconos, PA area with over $28 billion in assets from his worldwide domination of education, politics and owning his own media empire to control information. As Gulen directs his followers or Hizmet - "You must work into the arteries of the system" Taxpayers are funding foreign agendas.
Murat

AOL

#17 Aug 14, 2010
Charter school watchdog.
http://www.charterschoolwatchdog.com
clear

Big Bear City, CA

#18 Aug 14, 2010
What else is new? I thought it was all for the children (sarcasm)
Valley resident

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Aug 14, 2010
That is it wrote:
If after FOUR years of investigation 995 CD is the most explosive thing they found at the company the spends about $8 million, then this case would be dismissed failry soon..
Please read the whole article. LAUSD is just as guilty for allowing this to happen. How many other charters are running the same scam. The higher ups at LAUSD are doing the same as well
Sue

Honolulu, HI

#20 Aug 14, 2010
Some of those commenting think it's okay to allow a school like Ivy to exist just because it caters to high performers and looks more like a private school than a public one. However, we are a society, and when one segment of our society benefits at the expense of all others, then someone has to step in.

What if you were told that public monies were going to be used to develop a network of exclusive medical clinics for a small percentage of our citizens and you found out that these clinics were going to be so costly that they were siphoning off funding from everyone else? Sure, if you were lucky enough to get into that clinic, some of you would probably not care. But when societies ignore the neediest amongst us, the imbalance creates an unhealthy and unsafe environment for all.

Can we afford to have a repeat of the financial crisis in which many people raked in the dough leaving the majority of us to lose homes, or at the least our savings? Charters get public and private money and are not held accountable for how it's spent. Regardless of what school districts and charter organizations say, financial oversight is limited at best. Attempts by politicians to change this are met with resistance from the likes of our governor even in the face of numerous reports of massive charter fraud. Can we afford to financial rape our educational system this way too?

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