Dr. Yavuz Bayam lies and states he is from India, Dr. Bayam has had a long proven affiliation with the Gulen Movement. The Schools in California are trying to open more charters under the Pacific Technology School name to yet confuse you more - divide and conquer. Make no mistake about it they are all a part of the Gulen Magnolia Science Academies on the West Coast.
Every school morning, Dr. Yavuz Bayam stands outside Pacific Technology School and greets each of his arriving students by name. One by one the school’s 65 students—all sixth- and seventh-graders—shuffle past their smiling principal. And even though the time is just a few minutes before 8 a.m., the kids smile back.
“I don’t see being a principal as work,” said Bayam. “It’s like being with my family.”
The new Orangevale charter school came into existence this fall, just six weeks before the start of the school year. But PTS—with its emphasis on technology, math and science—was really birthed many years ago while its principal was working on his doctorate in nanotechnology at UC Davis.
Bayam, who hails from India, found himself surprised by what he saw as a disproportionate number of foreign students studying the so-called hard sciences. “Why are American students not choosing careers in math, science and technology?” he wondered.
He felt that the country’s standing in the world depended heavily on its future scientists and computer whizzes, and after lengthy discussions with American teachers, Bayam became impassioned about the need to get involved in emphasizing the sciences at early grade levels.
“I may have just been a Ph.D. student with no money,” said Bayam, “but I had to do something.”
That’s when Bayam came across Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation, which had opened its first charter school in Southern California in 1997. He had found his solution: Open a charter middle school focusing on math, science and technology. The charter school concept in the United States started with Minnesota in 1992. California quickly followed suit in 1993.
Darrell Parsons, a consultant with the California Department of Education, said that currently 810 charter schools are active in California, up from 765 last year; approximately 35 charters schools currently operate in Sacramento County. Charter schools “enjoy increased flexibility in exchange for increased accountability,” Parsons explained.
But starting up a charter school can prove more complicated than multivariable calculus.
First, there was a question of the school site. At one point, Bayam was traveling to the Bay Area every weekend for two years hoping to find a spot. He said that he tried for a location in Natomas, but that fell through. Finally, he found an Orangevale elementary school which had been vacant for three years—with a mere six weeks before the start of the school year.
“It really was in terrible shape,” said Bayam. Chairs had to be purchased, walls had to be painted. For P.E., since there’s no locker room, students changed into workout clothes in booths constructed out of PVC pipe and curtains.
Then he had to hire staff.
Many of the teachers at PTS are young, with several of them hired directly out of their credential programs. But Bayam believes the staff’s lack of experience is one of PTS’ strengths.
“They’re very young, very energetic, open to new ideas,” he said.
Math and science courses are scheduled in the mornings, when students are more alert. Typical class sizes hover around 14 students. School lunches are largely made from organic food.
At least twice a year, Bayam, along with a teacher, visits each student’s home to check in with the parents and to better understand the home situation.
Several parents raved about PTS. Sue Feather, mother of seventh-grader Gabriel, said that her son was made to feel stupid at his previous school.
But after attending PTS, “My son has spoken the word ‘college’ for the first time,” Feather said.
Leave it to the kids to voice a complaint. At lunchtime, when asked what they didn’t like about school, the response came like a chorus.
Articles Mentioning Dr. Yavuz Bayam with the Gulen Movement.
PROPOSED SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNA UNDER THE PAC TECH,
Watch for these in your community and alert the local school board.
Pacific Technology School – 8 proposed new branches (under statewide benefit charter)
PacTech-3 East Palo Alto (Sequoia Union High, Ravenswood Elem.) 2009 or 2010
PacTech-4 Oceanside (Oceanside Unified) 2010 or 2011
PacTech-5 Merced (Merced Union High) 2010 or 2011
PacTech-6 Hayward (Hayward Unified) 2011 or 2012
PacTech-7 Bakersfield (Kern Union High) 2011 or 2012
PacTech-8 Chula Vista (Sweetwater Union High) 2011 or 2012
PacTech-9 El Cajon (Grossmont Union High) 2012 or 2013
PacTech-10 Oxnard (Oxnard Unified) 2012 or 2013
Charter corporation: Magnolia Public Schools
Update on Dr. Yavuz Bayam, 1/11/2012
Why is Dr. Bayam still listed on the faculty at Gediz University in Izmir, Turkey?
Magnolia Science Academy is without a doubt a Gulen Managed charter school
The Gulen Movement is fantastic at advertising, PR, and bestwowing fake honors on their students, politicians, local media and academia. The Parents4Magnolia blog is NOT American parents it is members of the Gulen Movement in damage control mode. Magnolia Science Academy, Pacific Technology School and Bay Area Technology is the name of their California schools. They are under several Gulen NGOs: Pacifica Institute, Willow Education, Magnolia Educaiton Foundation, Accord Institute, Bay Area Cultural Connection. Hizmet aka Gulen Movement will shamelessly act like satisifed American parents or students. They will lie, cajole, manipulate, bribe, blackmail, threaten, intimidate to get their way which is to expand the Gulen charter schools. If this doesn't work they play victim and cry "islamophobia". Beware of the Gulen propagandists and Gulen owned media outlets. DISCLAIMER: if you find some videos are disabled this is the work of the Gulen censorship which has filed fake copyright infringement complaints to Utube
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Gulen Charter School in California- Pacific Technology School