Is Sonoran Science Academy included in the FBI investigation?
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Since: Apr 09
#1 Aug 15, 2011
Does FBI investigation of Gülen include Louisiana RSD?
August 12, 2011 by tomaswell
BATON ROUGE (CNS)There is a common thread that links the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD), former RSD Superintendent Paul Vallas, RSD-North Superintendent LaVonne Sheffield, Ph.D., and the Fethullah Gülen network of 155 charter schools scattered throughout 28 states, including at least two in Louisiana.
That common thread is the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Sheffield, who headed the RSD-North from June 2009 to July 2010, was brought to Baton Rouge by Vallas at a salary of $200,000. She previously worked under Vallas as Chief Accountability Officer for the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) from June of 2004 to July 2008.
She was an unsuccessful candidate for the position of superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish schools in January of 2009 and was hired as superintendent of the Rockford, Illinois, Public School District later in 2009. She resigned in April of this year halfway through her contract.
While working for Vallas in Philadelphia, an audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) determined that nearly $138.4 million in grant funds were either unallowable or inadequately documented. The audit also determined that SDP should return almost $17.7 million in unallowable costs to DOE.
Before that, Sheffield was employed as Chief Academic Officer for the Detroit Public School System from February 2002 to July 2003. While there, she ran up thousands of dollars of charges to her district-issued charge card while on her wedding trip to Las Vegas, records show.
She also worked from December 1993 to May 2000 as Chief of Staff to Cleveland Mayor Michael White and also served as Director of the Department of Port Control and as manager of the $1.4 billion Cleveland Hopkins International Airport expansion project. While there, both she and White were implicated but never charged in an FBI investigation into widespread bribery in the city administration, including the port and airport project.
Both she and Vallas have departed the Louisiana RSD, but the presence of the FBI lingers.
Reports indicate the agency has initiated an investigation into the RSD, most likely stemming from recent revelations about the Abramson Science and Technology Charter School in New Orleans and the Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School in Baton Rouge.
#2 Jun 10, 2014
The FBI raided a Turkish-run charter school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. No information has been given to the public except that there is no threat to public safety. The school is part of the network of Fethullah Gulen, a powerful Turkish Islamist residing in Pennsylvania.
The search took place at Kenilworth Science and Fethullah Gulen
#3 Jun 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The FBI, The U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission were investigating Indiana Math and Science Academy on the citys north side.
Officials raided the facility late Wednesday afternoon. It took until Thursday afternoon for the FBI to confirm they were conducting an ongoing white-collar crime investigation.
Wednesdays raid was described as extremely low-key. There were no FBI jackets or marked vehicles -- workers just appeared to load documents into a van.
Katherine Beckwith, regional community relations coordinator, released the following statement about the investigation:
"Earlier this week we were asked to provide information to U.S. Department of Education officials as part of a larger federal audit of e-rate technology grants. Those officials indicated they are auditing the funds dispersed to various schools to verify that work paid for with e-rate grants was completed as reported. We were happy to provide them with records and supporting materials detailing how e-rate grants were spent at our IMSA North school, so that they can successfully complete their audit."
The FBI said if the investigation extends into the school year, the school should be able to continue to operate.
Officials said 600 students attend the charter school that opened in 2010. Students had already been dismissed for the summer.
#4 Jun 10, 2014
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