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, March 17, 2013

Gulen Schools in California - Magnolia Science Academies, fund raising

Many parents are trying to ask if this is legal?  The answer is it is LEGAL but highly unethical.  They are a public school as all charters are.  Do not give them a dime of your money.  Starve the bastards out!

MSA SC Annual Fundraiser.
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Dear MSASC Parent Community,
The MSASC administration has determined that it is in the best interest of our school to adjust our annual fund-raising approach.
As of this spring, MSASC is launching an “Annual Fund Drive” to collect $600 per year ($300 each semester). We are asking all our families to make a personal financial commitment in support of our school’s curriculum.

Why do we ask our families to make a financial contribution to our school?
We ask for financial support in order to help better sustain our school, STEM curriculum, and other programs. We do it for our children. There is never a shortage of financial needs in public education. Each year our schools, and school business office, are in need of balancing the budget and to pay for overhead, expenses, salaries and bills and planning for the shortfalls in the state’s budget and funding. We ask families to give so we can have a more successful program. While some families may have the means to do more than others, we do encourage ALL families to participate in supporting this education, which is so rich and generous, in itself, towards our families and children.
California ranks among the last in the nation in per-pupil spending, and the funds that the state provides must often be supplemented by the generous support of parents, grandparents and community members. Virtually every public school in California — not just charter schools — must fundraise from families in order to continue quality programs like Science, Technology and foreign languages. There is a shortfall between the funds that the state provides for a basic public education and the enriched education offered at Magnolia Science Academy.
Your contributions help bridge this gap and keeps our school alive and well with the rich, creative STEM curriculum that benefits our children.

1) What is the Annual Fund Drive?
The Annual Fund Drive is the centerpiece of the MSA Santa Clara’s fundraising efforts. The Fund Drive will help us maintain many of our specialties and curriculum programs that are not funded by the State of California education-funding model. The money raised during the Fund Drive is a crucial portion of our annual operating budget. This semester based fund-raising effort raises money that is essential for ensuring the quality of the educational experience for our students.
 Every year we ask and invite all the families with children enrolled at MSASC to invest in their children’s education by making a monthly pledge as a tax-deductible annual gift for MSASC. Families are asked to please consider contributing, and budgeting for, $50 each month for each student enrolled at Magnolia Science Academy.
 While you can make these donations on a monthly basis, we prefer to have them each semester. You are welcome to donate a one lump sum during the year. We invite you to choose a plan that works for your family. Please review our annual pledge form, fill it out completely and return it to the front office. As the school is a non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
2) Do Charter Schools receive less money than traditional public schools?
Yes. Charter Schools receive a specified amount of public money for each enrolled child. Unlike other public schools, however, Charter Schools do not receive capital funding to cover the cost of obtaining or leasing a building. Charter Schools also receive no additional funding for specialized programs. This method of funding leaves Charter Schools at a financial disadvantage as compared to other public schools. “The 1992 legislation that authorized charter schools in California created a funding model intended to provide charter schools with the same per-pupil operational funding as received by other schools in the same school district. The state subsequently modified this policy in 1998, enacting legislation specifying that “charter school operational funding shall be equal to the total funding that would be available to a similar school district serving a similar pupil population.” This policy remains in place.” This policy presents 7% inequity in funding for charter schools in the State of California. We must do more with less. The California Charter School Association, the lobbying agency for all California charter schools is fighting this policy on our behalf.
3) Why does MSA Santa Clara have additional financial burdens beyond most other public/charter schools?
MSA Santa Clara pays $475,000 (15% of the budget) rent for the facilities. Due to demographic differences, MSA Santa Clara receives $270,000 less in Title I funding and Economic Impact Aid when compared to similar size Magnolia schools (8% of the budget). Moreover, MSA Santa Clara teaches much more than the state standards. There is no state standard for Robotics, AMSP, Science Fair Projects, Science Olympiads, and the state does not require Computer or Foreign language classes at the Middle school level. Providing faculty, materials and supplies for our curriculum and these programs cost our school money, and these programs are unfunded as determined by state standards. An increase in programs requires more facility space for programs such as foreign languages and computers. All of these rich Magnolia components increase our annual operating budget. Here is a comparison of ADA funding for MSA Santa Clara and other schools in the area as well as other Magnolia schools:
Magnolia Science Academy SC: $5,679
University Preparatory Academy: $6,312
Rocketship Los Suenos $6,011
Flex Academy $6,034
Alum Rock Union Elementary $6,662
KIPP Heartwood Academy $6,167
Bridges Academy $6,169
Leadership Public School $7,107
Summit Public School $6,708
KIPP San Jose $6,809
San Jose Conservation Corps Charter $7,429
Fremont Union High $8,311
Los Gatos-Saratog Joint Union High $10,542
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $12,833
Santa Clara Unified $6,992
Milpitas Unified $7,144
San Jose Unified $7,424
Rocketship Mateo $6,640

Other Magnolia Schools:
MSA 1 $6,390
MSA 2 $6,188
MSA 3 $6,104
MSA 4 $6,211
MSA 5 $6,116
MSA Bell $6,125
4) Why am I being asked to give money? Isn't this a public school?
California ranks among the last in the nation in per-pupil spending and the funds that the state provides must often be supplemented by the generous support of parents, grandparents and community members. Virtually every public school in California — not just charter schools — must fundraise from families in order to continue quality programs like Computers, Advanced Math, Art and Foreign languages. There is a shortfall between the funds that the state provides for a basic public education and the enriched education offered at MSASC.
5) Do other schools ask the parent and school communities for financial contributions?
Yes, virtual all public, charter and private schools do ask for financial support whether they are elementary, middle, high school or college institutions.
6) How did the MSASC come up with the suggested monthly donation figure of $600 per student?
The suggested annual donation of $600 per student was derived in order to meet the State of California ADA funding shortfall, while also considering the reality that not all families can make a financial commitment of $50 per month; therefore we ask more for those who can do more. Beyond the ADA funding shortfall, MSA is currently operating at a “bare bones” curriculum and programming level. To fund our school beyond its current programming level, MSA does need to raise more money than the ADA shortfall, alone. If we are to grow the quality of our school programs, we must raise these additional dollars. We are certain most MSA SC families will prioritize this Magnolia education opportunity for themselves and will consider budgeting $50 per month for their child(ren) to receive this rich and nurturing experience.
7) Where do my Annual Fund Drive donations go?
Your donations to the Annual Fund Drive directly support MSA Santa Clara. Funds are allocated by the Magnolia Board of Directors and Finance Committee, which manage and approve the school’s annual operating budget. Program and curriculum are the top priorities of our Board of Directors and Faculty.
8) Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes. The Magnolia Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You generous donation is tax-deductible.
9) What is the most beneficial way for me to pledge? And what is the most ideal pledge amount for the school?
The most beneficial way for you to pledge is online at: You can also make payments by writing a check to Magnolia Science Academy Santa Clara. The most ideal pledge amount for MSASC is the suggested giving amount of $600. While some people are able to give at this level or higher, realistically some people are not. If you are able to make the sacrifice, investment and commitment to MSASC by pledging $300 per semester, all of our community would benefit greatly.
10) If I make a pledge, do I have to pay immediately?
No. If you make a pledge to MSASC today, you commit to making your gift contribution in the future. MSASC is hopeful that all families will make a monthly gift contribution of an amount that is meaningful and sustainable for them. Pledges can be made online at:
11) Are Annual Fund Drive donations voluntary?
All donations to MSASC are voluntary. Your decision to participate and the amount have no impact on whether a child is accepted for enrollment or continues to be enrolled in MSASC. However, we want every family to understand that while government funding provides a basic free education to all children, the STEM curriculum and enrichment programs offered at MSA relies on parent participation, including financial and volunteer time contributions. We ask that all families participate in making a meaningful donation to MSASC. If this curriculum is a priority for your family, we ask that you consider a gift contribution that is satisfactory to your appreciation of our school.
 Our goal for the Annual Fund Drive is 100% participation among MSASC families to support our children’s’ education. We encourage every family to give as generously as possible. Every gift—whatever the size— is gratefully received and strengthens our community.
12) Can you show me how money earned through the Annual Fund Drive will be spent?
The school’s finances and budget are public documents. The budget provides donors and our community with the school’s overall financial picture, including the funds raised and operations budget expenditures.
13) Will the Annual Fund Drive fundraising have impact on my child’s class?
Yes, money raised during the Annual Fund Drive directly, and indirectly, affects each class and each student at MSASC. Whether the school can afford to retain the high-caliber of teachers we currently have and maintain the level of specialties offered each year is determined by the success of our Annual Fund Drive giving campaigns.
14) Can I fund a specific grade, program or specialty class?
Money raised during the Annual Fund Drive cannot be accepted as a restricted or directed gift. The MPS Board of Directors and MPS Finance Committee together with the school principal manage the MSASC annual operating budget and set the priorities of program and curriculum goals each year.
15) Is the money raised during the Annual Fund Drive used for teachers and staff?
Money raised during the Annual Fund Drive does affect the quality, caliber and retention of our faculty and staff. We hold our school to high standards. If we are not able to fund our rich STEM curriculum including faculty & staff salaries and benefits, the school could be at a risk of losing valuable faculty and staff members.
16) I volunteer so many hours to the school, why should I give money on top of that?
Volunteerism is the cornerstone of charter school education. When families chose to enroll their child or children in a charter school there is an expectation of volunteering. Volunteering directly supports class teachers and classrooms, governing bodies and festivals and other school events. While your volunteering is crucial to the success of our school and your child’s education and directly aids our teachers and curriculum, MSASC must also stay financially viable. Therefore, fundraising and financial support do go hand-in-hand with volunteerism and both are equally important.
17) What if I can’t give the suggested amount?
It is understandable that some families are able to make an annual contribution to the MSASC that exceeds our suggested gift amount of $50 per month. It is also understandable that some families are not able to make this level of financial commitment. We ask that families consider our school’s offerings as a priority for their family in giving a gift that is meaningful.
18) What if my monthly income is unpredictable or drops and I cannot pay the amount that I signed up for?
We ask each MSASC family to make an annual pledge that is meaningful and fiscally comfortable. If at any time you would like to increase or decrease your pledge contribution, please contact the MSASC operations manager to adjust your pledge.
19) If everyone donated $600/student, what would our school look like?
If each of our community of families was able to commit to contributing $300/per semester our school would be in the position to provide our faculty and staff with much-deserved and equitable raises. MSASC could also maintain all specialties programs such as Advanced Math, Foreign Languages, Art, Robotics, Computers, AMSP as well as provide a great portion of funding to all students for class field trips, athletics, after-school and other programs. MSASC would also be able to expand upon our current curriculum by adding a successful high school program.
20) What if I don’t give anything?
If all of our families chose not to give a financial donation to our school, MSASC would look very different. Some of our specialties programs (Foreign Languages, Computer, AMSP, Robotics, Advanced Math) would be cut from our curriculum. Our caliber of faculty and staff would be diminished, as MSASC would not be able to keep our already over-qualified and under-paid faculty.
We are confident that our community and families have chosen to be at MSASC because it is the best educational opportunity for their children to receive a rich, broad, nurturing education that meets the needs of your child. We have the highest API score among Middle schools, and would like to continue to provide the best education possible.
21) What is ADA?
ADA stands for “Average Daily Attendance.” The state of California funds school districts based on each student’s daily recorded attendance. ADA is calculated by dividing the total number of days of student attendance by the number of days of school taught during the same period. MSASC budgets for program and curriculum based upon projected enrollment and ADA. Additionally, when students do not attend class or school, MSASC loses that daily funding, which equals about $33.50 per day.
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