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

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gulen School is REJECTED by Anaheim School District Magnolia Science Academy exposed as part of Hizmet

The following is a press release from an organization unaffiliated with Voice of OC. The views expressed here are not those of Voice of OC.
December 18, 2014
Contact: Pat Karlak
Public Information Officer
Phone: (714) 999-5662
Anaheim Union High School District Calls for a Temporary Moratorium on Approval of Charter Schools
 ANAHEIM—Board members of the Anaheim Union High School District and Superintendent Michael Matsuda on December 18 called for the state of California to implement a temporary moratorium on the approval of charter schools until legislators fix the overly permissive law that enables charters to operate on a business model whose main goal is to make money.
“Although there is nothing wrong with making money, when it comes to public education, our children should be our first priority,” Superintendent Matsuda said. “While charter school proponents may say they care about kids, many charters operate in the shadows with no transparency, no accountability, and no public review.”
The superintendent cited the example of Magnolia Science Academy, one of two charter applications recently submitted to AUHSD. Magnolia Science Academy is one of the largest charter operators in America, with 155 campuses and ambitious expansion plans. According to an expose on 60 Minutes, Magnolia Science Academy is overseen by Fethullah Gulen, a wealthy Turkish national who controls an international chain of Gulen schools.
The 60 Minutes piece exposed the fact that American taxpayer money—hundreds of millions of dollars nationwide—is being funneled into the pockets of Turkish foreign nationals in the form of contracts for building schools and hiring teachers. At the same time, Gulen’s financial health and practices have been called into question and investigated by local and state agencies. Fethullah Gulen, himself a Turkish national, is wanted by the government of Turkey and is in hiding in the United States.
“Because of lax charter laws that favor privatization, we are the only nation where taxpayer money is used to fund schools operated by foreign nationals,” Superintendent Matsuda said. “Although the Gulen officials insist there is no ill intent, enough questions have been raised about Magnolia’s charter school operations that it is a prime example of why we need an immediate temporary moratorium on charter schools until the laws are fixed and accountability is restored.”
Added Trustee Al Jabbar, “We respectfully ask the public to consider that if kids really come first, why are charter schools continuing to hide their funding, ownership, and financial relationships? Why don’t they allow open access to financials, including budgets and salaries, even though they spend taxpayer money, just like public schools do? Why not agree to the same accountability policies as public schools, policies that would build public trust?”
The entire AUHSD Board signed off on an opinion piece calling for the immediate moratorium, which was published December 18 in the Voice of OC. The day before, at a special school board meeting, AUHSD trustees unanimously rejected a petition by Vista Charter Middle School as educationally and financially unsound.
“It’s open season on neighborhood schools in Orange County, because the Orange County Board of Education, which, mind you, was elected to represent the public school children of the region, is now a 3-2 vote in favor of overturning virtually every local school board’s decision against a charter,” Mr. Jabbar noted. “The Orange County Board wants us to assume all the liability for failure. They want us to assume financial authority over charters when we just heard on Thursday night from a charter operator (Vista) who won’t have enough resources to make it through the first year. They want us to take back the special education and English learner students that they routinely ‘disenroll,’ or drop, to game the system and boost their academic reputation. Let the Orange County Board of Education assume that fiscal and moral risk. Don’t put it back on us as our responsibility. We don’t want it.”
The fact that the Orange County school board has the authority to grant charters without the consent of local school boards undermines the concept of local control and makes a mockery of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), said AUHSD Board President Annemarie Randle-Trejo.
“The 27 school districts in Orange County have to ask themselves if they are OK with the Orange County Board of Education deciding the composition of each of our school systems,” Ms. Randle-Trejo said. “I’m not OK with that and you shouldn’t be, either.”
“If you look at donations to politicians, you will see a lot of money being funneled to them from charter school operators and special interests. These charter people are very smart,” Ms. Randle-Trejo added. “They have wined and dined politicians from the federal level down, providing junkets and campaign contributions. They stage openings of their schools and invite the local politicians. They certainly know how to play the political game.”
The submission of the petitions by Magnolia Science Academy and Vista are part of a coordinated strategy in Los Angeles and Orange counties by charter proponents to establish a stronghold in Southern California.
Here is the 60 Minutes piece on Gulan schools:
Here is the link to the Voice of OC piece:


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Magnolia Science Academy riddled with scandals, Teacher arrested for having Sex with Students still trying for NEW campus in Anaheim

A teacher at a Carson school is suspected of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl, sheriff’s deputies said Friday.
Mark Falkowski, 28, a teacher at Magnolia Science Academy No. 3, was arrested Thursday following the discovery of inappropriate email communication and Skype conversations with the girl dating back to early 2014, Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Hallock said.
Falkowski was booked at the Orange County jail on suspicion of sending harmful matter to a minor.
Sheriff’s Department investigations were “made aware of the inappropriate relationship after discovery of several inappropriate e-mails between Falkowski and the victim” about a week ago, Hallock said.
“Investigators began collecting evidence and obtained information that indicated that Falkowski and the victim were still involved in a sexual relationship, even though the victim now lives out of state,” Hallock said.
The girl’s age was not disclosed, but she is younger than 18, Hallock said.
In addition to his teaching job, Falkowski coaches a female youth hockey team based in Long Beach, but players come from throughout Southern California.
“Investigators believe that based on his perpetual contact with female juveniles in his capacity as a hockey coach, there may be additional victims,” Hallock said.
Falkowski was held on $100,000 bail and scheduled to appear Tuesday for arraignment. More charges are pending.
Deputies asked anyone with information about victims to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit at 714-647-7060 or 714-647-7000.
According to the school, Magnolia Science Academy No. 3 is a public charter school that offers a college preparatory education. Students come primarily from the communities of Carson, Gardena, Wilmington, Compton and Torrance. Students are primarily black and Latino and more than 85 percent receive free and reduced-price lunch.

Magnolia Science Academy was to be closed by the LAUD but negotiated to stay open with their expensive attorney despite the scandals and the Gulen Movement affiliation they have applied for a new school in Anaheim, public hearing December 9, 2015

Caprice Young new superintendent of Gulen operated Magnolia Science Academies

Did Caprice Young get the Turks out of the dog house or is it more smoking mirrors of the Gulen Islamic Movement?
Proposed new campus 

One of the more interesting developments in California in recent years has been charter schools – public schools operating outside most of the state education bureaucracy’s red tape. And one of the leaders of that movement, Caprice Young, has just begun her first full year heading the troubled Westminster-based Magnolia Public Schools, which runs 11 charters in California.
Their local school is the Magnolia Science Academy Santa Ana, with 150 students, grades 6-12. Currently located in Costa Mesa, next year it will move to a new campus at 2840 W. 1st Street in Santa Ana, expanding to 660 students in grades K-12; then it will grow gradually to 1,020 students.
A pioneer of the charter movement as the president of Los Angeles Unified School District board from 1999 to 2003, Young helped expand district charters from seven to more than 40. A vicious campaign by the teachers unions pushed her off the board.
She didn’t stop, but founded and led the California Charter Schools Association from 2003 to 2008. Since then, she told a meeting of the Register editorial board, “I’ve turned around broken charters.” In 2010, she saved Inner City Education Foundation charters in Los Angeles.
A devotee of Alexis de Tocqueville and his book, “Democracy in America,” Young enthused about how the French visitor was impressed with 1830s Americans solving their own problems without recourse to a gigantic government bureaucracy.
“That’s really what charter schools are all about,” she said. “Local parents begin fixing our own schools.” In the case of the Gulen operated charter schools, it's foreigners fixing nothing and stealing American money. 
The charter movement sometimes is criticized because some of its schools fail due to financial or other problems. But that’s a feature, not a bug. A big problem with traditional public schools has been that the worst of them, instead of being shuttered, too often are shoveled even more taxpayer dollars. With charters, the bad ones close fast – or are rescued by Young.
MPS nearly ended up in the dustbin of educational history. In January, the Los Angeles Times reported, a LAUSD audit found MPS “was $1.66 million in the red, owed $2.8 million to the schools it oversees and met the federal definition of insolvency.”
Enter the feisty Young. In March, MPS and the LAUSD came to an agreement to keep the charters open. Then a May 7 report by California Auditor Elaine Howle concluded, “[T]he Foundation and the academies have improved their financial position, but should strengthen some of their financial controls.” Some of the academies “were insolvent at points during the past three fiscal years, partly because of state funding delays.” All academies were solvent by July 2014.
The audit also looked at academics and found, “[T]he academies generally had higher APIs than their authorizing” school districts’ regular schools.
Young promised an even greater emphasis on academics, stressing STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. “Orange County is a hotbed of entrepreneurialism,” she said. “It needs employees. The fastest way to get out of poverty is with STEM subjects.”
A criticism sometimes leveled at charters is that they shun lower-performing students. But the state audit found, “The academies’ charters also outline their plans to recruit low-achieving and economically disadvantaged students.” The audit cited demographic data showing the percentage of “socio-economically disadvantaged” students at Magnolia Science Academy roughly was the same as all students in Orange County, about 50 percent.
Young also lamented schools too often “lack attention to gifted kids, who will be our future technology leaders,” and promised to make sure they got adequate opportunities and challenges.
I’ve been writing about charters since they started in the early 1990s and have known Young since 2003. Magnolia’s new location in Santa Ana will be four miles from the Register. I’m looking forward to reporting on their progress.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Gulen operated Magnolia Science Academy Back to School and groundbreaking Remzi Oten Gulenist -Speaker

Magnolia Santa Ana gets a new prinicpal (non Turk) and a new campus 

Magnolia Science Academy Groundbreaking
The Magnolia Science Academy, which was chartered by the Orange County Board of Education after it was rejected by the SAUSD School Board, is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, August 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at 2840 West 1st Street, in Santa Ana.
Light Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. Parking will be available on-site.
  • MPS Board Member Remzi Oten (Keynote Speaker) Gulenist
  • MPS CEO and Superintendent Dr. Caprice Young
  • MSA-Santa Ana Principal Laura Betsabe Schlottman
  • Host – Chief External Officer Alfredo Rubalcava
In Attendance:
  • U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, 46th District of California
  • Field Representative will be present for Supervisor Andrew Do, 1st District of Orange County
  • Field Representative Phil Smith will be present for California State Senator Janet Nguyen, 34th Senate District
  • Board of Trustees President Robert M. Hammond, Orange County Board of Education – District 1
Magnolia has allocated more than $150,000 for common-core ready textbooks with full online curriculum support. They also are moving towards blended education including online tools.  For that new mission they have allocated $40,000 to provide Chromebooks for every student attending their school.  They are currently located at 102 Baker St. E, in Costa Mesa.
Magnolia Science Academy is a chain of publicly-funded charter schools in California run by MERF (Magnolia Education and Research Foundation), which was formerly Dialog Cultural, Scientific and Educational Foundation (often abbreviated as “Dialog Foundation”) in Reseda, California. 
In March 2012, a Turkish newspaper ran an article on Huseyin Hurmali (a.k.a. “Joseph” Hurmali) the founding director of the first Magnolia Science Academy who was involved in many subsequent charter school applications, including the failed application for the Pioneer school in Oregon.  The article shows a photo montage of Hurmali along with Fethullah Gulen, and mentions Hurmali’s involvement in the Magnolia Science Academy, according to a charter school blog.
Here is more information about this movement courtesy of Wikipedia:
The Gülen movement is a transnational religious and social movement led by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. He has attracted a large number of supporters in Turkey, Central Asia and increasingly in other parts of the World.  Globally, the Gülen movement is especially active in education. In 2009 Newsweek claimed that movement participants run “schools in which more than 2 million students receive education, many with full scholarships”.[25] Estimates of the number of schools and educational institutions vary widely, from about 300 schools in Turkey to over 1,000 schools worldwide.[26][27]
In 2008, the Dutch government investigated the movement’s activities in the Netherlands. Ella Vogelaar, the country’s minister for housing, communities, and integration, warned that “in general terms, when an organization calls for turning away from society, this is at odds with the objectives of integration.” It was, she noted, incumbent upon the government to “keep sharp watch over people and organizations that systematically incite anti-integrative behavior, for this can also be a breeding ground for radicalization.” Testifying about one of the schools in the investigation, a former member of the movement called it a “sect with a groupthink outside of which these students cannot [reason]”:
“After years living in the boarding school it is psychologically impossible to pull yourself away; you get guilt feelings. Furthermore, it forces the students to live, think and do as the Big Brothers [the abis] instruct them to. Furthermore, through psychological pressure, these students are told which choice of career is the best they can make for the sake of high ideals. . . . Another very bad aspect is that students no longer respect their parents and they do not listen if the parents do not live by the standards imposed by the group; they are psychologically distanced from their parents; here you have your little soldiers that march only to the orders of their abis. The abis are obliged to obey the provincial leaders, who in turn must obey the national leaders, who in turn obey Fethullah Gülen.”
The United States of America is the only country in the world where the Gülen movement has been able to establish schools funded to a great extent by the host country’s taxpayers. In June 2011, New York Times shed light on schools in the United States, revealing that “Gulen followers have been involved in starting similar schools around the country — there are about 120 in all, mostly in urban centers in 25 states, one of the largest collections of charter schools in America.”[32]
Federal authorities are investigating several of the movement’s schools for forcing employees to send part of their paychecks to Turkey. In March 2011, Philadelphia Enquirer reported that Federal Agencies including “FBI and the Departments of Labor and Education – were investigating whether some employees were kicking back part of their salaries to a Muslim movement founded by Gulen known as Hizmet.”[34]
The schools are also H-1B visa factories. (These visas are supposed to be reserved for highly skilled workers who fill needs unmet by the American workforce.) In 2011, 292 of the 1,500 employees at the Gülen-inspired Harmony School of Innovation, a Texas school, were on H-1B visas, the school’s superintendent told the New York Times. The schools claim, according to an article written by Sharon Higgins in the Washington Post, that they are unable to find qualified teachers in America—which seems implausible, given the economic crisis and given that some of these new arrivals teach English, which often they speak poorly, or English as a second language, which often they need themselves.[35]
Two schools, located in Texas, have been accused of sending school funds—which are supplied by the government—to Gülen-inspired organizations. The New York Times reported that the some schools were funneling some $50 million in public funds to a network of Turkish construction companies, among them the Gülen-related Atlas Texas Construction and Trading. The schools had hired Atlas to do construction, the paper said, though other bidders claimed in lawsuits that they had submitted more economical bids.
Questions have arisen about the Gülen movement’s possible involvement in the ongoing Ergenekon investigation (Ergenekon allegedly being an ultra-nationalist, pro-military, anti-government gang),[49] which critics have characterized as “a pretext” by the government “to neutralize dissidents” in Turkey.[50] In March 2011, seven Turkish journalists were arrested, including Ahmet Şık, who had been writing a book, “Imamin Ordusu” (The Imam’s Army),[51]which alleges that the Gülen movement has infiltrated the country’s security forces. As Şik was taken into police custody, he shouted,[52]“Whoever touches it gets burned!”. Gülen Movement newspaper Today’s Zaman published an interview[53] with publishers and writers who had published or written the harshest pieces against Gulen and they all claim “nothing happened to them” and thus voids claims made by Şik who made his claim apparently on an attempt to divert attention to Gulen rather than his arrest. Upon his arrest, drafts of the book were confiscated and its possession was banned. Şik has also been charged with being part of the Ergenekon plot.
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This groundbreaking was a joke and should never have been allowed. 

Gulen California operation Pacifica Institute the lobbying arm over Magnolia Science Academies

Congressman Mike Honda is among a group of lawmakers who accepted trips from organizations secretly funded by a Turkish religious movement in apparent violation of House rules and possibly federal law, USA Today has reported.
An article published online Thursday evening said that Honda, D-San Jose, took a 2013 trip to Turkey and that the Pacifica Institute picked the $5,675 tab. The institute had certified to the House Ethics Committee that it had been designated it as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable group by the IRS, but the agency has no record of such a designation, the newspaper said.

The Ethics Committee approved the trip on Aug. 14, 2013, and Honda went to Turkey that year from Aug. 20 to 28.

U.S. Rep. Mike Honda speaks at Moffett Field in Mountain View on  Aug. 28, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Mike Honda speaks at Moffett Field in Mountain View on Aug. 28, 2015. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)
"The congressman, quite simply, took a trip approved by the House," Honda spokeswoman Lauren Smith said in an email Friday. "Note that this was also after trips taken by other members and staff that were also approved."
The House Ethics Committee currently is investigating Honda -- but not for his travel. The probe is focused on allegations that his campaign and his office blurred or crossed their lines in violation of House rules or federal law.
Honda is currentlyfending off a second consecutive challenge from fellow Democrat Ro Khanna as he seeks a ninth term in 2016. And Khanna has made the alleged ethical violations a major campaign issue.
Honda checked a box on that form saying he was unaware "of any registered federal lobbyists or foreign agents involved in planning, organizing, requesting, and/or arranging the trip."
USA Today reported that a 2008 cable from the U.S. embassy in Turkey, released by the online whistleblower clearinghouse Wikileaks, describes the Pacifica Institute as a "sister organization" of a Turkish-based group called the Bosphorus-Atlantic Association of Cultural Cooperation and Friendship, known by its Turkish initials BAKIAD.
BAKIAD secretly funded the Turkish leg of a trip to Azerbaijan taken by 10 other members of Congress who took 32 staffers in May 2013, according to a report filed this month by the Office of Congressional Ethics. That trip was sponsored by groups connected to a worldwide moderate Islamic movement led by a religious scholar named Fethullah Gülen, who has been accused by the Turkish government of attempting a coup in that country, USA Today reported. Turkish leaders have asked the United States to extradite Gülen from a remote compound in rural Pennsylvania where he has lived for 20 years.
USA Today identified 214 congressional trips sponsored by Gülen organizations that seem to have been improperly disclosed, with similar itineraries that included visits to the same istorical sites, and meetings with Gülenist journalists, lawmakers and business associations.
Honda was among dozens of House members, including others from the Bay Area, who signed a February 2015 letter urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to help secure the release of Gülenist journalists who had been arrested by the Turkish government.
Mahmut Altun, the Pacifica Institute's Northern California director, signed and filed forms with the Ethics Committee before Honda's trip in which he said his organization was a charitable nonprofit and that the trip would not be financed by any foreign agents.
Altun, reached by phone Friday, said he was driving and couldn't talk, and then hung up. He didn't respond to an emailed inquiry.
The Pacific Institute's website indicates it has offices in Sunnyvale -- at the Tasman Drive address that Altun listed on the Ethics Committee forms -- as well as in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego; the East Bay, Burlingame, the San Fernando Valley, Salt Lake City, Portland, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho.Hari Sevugan, spokesman for Khanna's campaign, said Friday that there are "serious questions raised by these new revelations into how Mike Honda used his office which the congressman will have to publicly answer."
"What is disturbing is that ethics violations and federal investigations are becoming a pattern with Congressman Honda overshadowing everything else," Sevugan said. "This is further evidence for the need for a fresh start in Washington with leadership that can focus on our common priorities, like education and an economy that works for everyone, rather than on ties to narrow special interests."
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Gulen Politicians - aka "Useful tools of Gulen": Gulen"Faith Movement" funds 200 trips for lawmaker...

Gulen Politicians - aka "Useful tools of Gulen": Gulen"Faith Movement" funds 200 trips for lawmaker...: WASHINGTON — A Turkish religious movement has secretly funded as many as 200 trips to Turkey for members of Congress and staff since ...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Magnolia Science Academy Caprice Young claims victory over LAUSD for Bond funding

The girl works hard for her money, re spinning the Gulen cult
into a blame on the "recession" but no mention of $6 million in facility grant
obtained July 2014.  Caprice - Where's the money?

LOS ANGELES — California charter school chain Magnolia Public Schools will rekindle its growth plans after settling a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District, which had tried to shut down Magnolia's schools there.
The charter operator, which has $6 million in debt, is now working closely with underwriter RBC Capital Markets for a market return to price bonds to support its plans, said Caprice Young, the education turnaround expert Magnolia hired as chief executive officer in January.
Magnolia wants to be able to grow enrollment in each of its schools from 200 to 450 or 750, which Young said is a much sounder financial model.
Magnolia, a network of 11 public charter schools in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara and Orange counties, provides a college preparatory educational program emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math.
Its Los Angeles schools triggered the charter operator's legal battle with the massive Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second largest with more than 660,000 students.
"About a year ago, it was clear that Magnolia was getting really beat up," Young said.
Magnolia had received conditional approval for two of its charter schools in Los Angeles.
"Then the school district took the very drastic step of not renewing their charters on the last Friday in June - and had them closed as of July 1," Young said.
The schools LAUSD moved to close are in Northridge in the San Fernando Valley and the Palms neighborhood on L.A.'s Westside. In November, LAUSD tried to close a third school located on a LAUSD campus in Bell.
"In all three cases, the courts sided with us to keep the schools open," Young said.
The settlement document between LAUSD and the charter operator allows Magnolia to transfer money between schools, which LAUSD had challenged as a practice, she said.
"It is really important, because our ability to grow is based on our ability to loan money to schools when they are in the early stage and have them repay loans to the larger organization when they grow," she said.
In the settlement, Magnolia agreed to sever ties with a non-profit that had provided educational services to the district at its LA schools, the Accord Institute for Education Research.
The charter school chain brought in a seasoned chief financial officer and contracted its back office work to Ed Tech, a respected back-office charter school provider, Young said.
In the settlement, Magnolia also agreed to restructure its governing board, hire a new auditor, and agreed to fiscal oversight by Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team, an organization created by the state's Education Code to provide fiscal advice, management assistance and training to school organizations that need it.
The settlement agreement also notes Magnolia's hiring of Young's new management team.
The conflict between LAUSD and Magnolia led to a state audit of the charter operator, formally requested by state Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-Van Nuys, in July 2014 and approved by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
The audit was released earlier this month. Magnolia officials trumpeted the result as a vindication, though the auditor's language was more nuanced.
The California state auditor concluded there was no misappropriation of state funds, though it found Magnolia's "financial controls still need to be strengthened."
Magnolia's new leadership says it is already implementing the auditor's recommendations.
"We started to implement changes to strengthen and improve our processes while the audit was taking place to reinforce our ongoing commitment to high educational outcomes," Young said.
She said Magnolia's woes are a microcosm of what happened in California during the recession.
The state, because of budget problems, began deferring scheduled payments to schools starting in 2008, delaying them as much as six months, she said.
Charter schools lacked the access to public markets traditional school districts enjoyed to issue short-term notes while they awaited funding from the state.
Magnolia's inter-school loans were appropriate and necessary given the state's deferral of $10 million in funding to Magnolia, Young said.
The auditor found that it was legal for the foundation to temporarily loan state apportionment funds between schools, so long as the loan does not adversely affect the public school purposes of the charter school that loans the funds.
The state auditor found that LAUSD acted prematurely when it moved to close three of Magnolia's Los Angeles-area schools based on a preliminary audit conducted by the school district's Office of the Inspector General.
The auditing team had just completed the field work and the document was in draft form.
"The school district took the step based on preliminary information that was inaccurate," Young said.
LAUSD "acknowledges the actions on the part of the new leadership of Magnolia Public Schools to address the substantive concerns that the district raised in fulfillment of its oversight responsibilities," said Shannon Haber, an LAUSD spokeswoman.
"The District will follow through on its stated responses to the auditor's recommendations as part of our ongoing commitment to high quality charter school authorizing, as well as monitor Magnolia's implementation of its action steps," Haber said. "As noted in the audit, the District and Magnolia Public Schools were able to reach a settlement that allows both parties to move forward together in the best interest of students and in protection of taxpayers' trust."
The report notes that Magnolia is a high-performing network of schools that generally outperforms other neighborhood schools.
Magnolia sued in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2014 to keep the schools open.
LAUSD didn't release the inspector general's report until October, which didn't give the charter school the opportunity to see the facts and findings or refute them prior to the release of the report, Young said.
"All of the charter schools that were not renewed are serving very high poverty students," Young said. "I was outraged; and when they asked if I would help. I said, 'yes."
The auditor said Magnolia's expenditures to hire skilled math and science teachers from abroad were "lawful and appropriate."
However, in the LAUSD settlement, Magnolia agreed to cease spending money on immigration fees for employees, other than renewal fees for those already hired, and to consult with LAUSD before embarking on any new foreign recruitment program.
Young said Magnolia has made significant improvements to the key areas of fiscal controls, compliance and accountability since it put in place her new management team.
Magnolia also implemented expenditure controls as well as payroll controls, training and oversight that were previously lacking.
The charter school operator also said it has instituted a new, transparent fiscal structure to ensure accurate accounting of revenues and expenditures in schools as part of a larger effort to strengthen its financial operations.
In addition, the board created a finance committee and an audit committee to involve all stakeholders in the accountability and oversight of Magnolia's finances.
"We are confident the progress we have made and our continuing commitment to improving financial, reporting and other internal controls will be apparent when the California State Auditor reviews our efforts moving forward," Young said. "Our goal is to be recognized as a model charter school leader in California and to continue to provide a high-quality, STEM-focused public education to our students."
Young said the audit is "really vindication of the work that Magnolia has done."
"It shows that when LAUSD was announced in the press that Magnolia was insolvent that it really wasn't true," she said. "This audit shows in July 2014 that Magnolia schools were financially sound."

Friday, May 8, 2015

Magnolia Science Academy - Wolf logo has symbolic meaning to the neo fascist Grey Wolves of Turkey

Grey wolf is a radical political party based out of Turkey, they are neo-fascist in nature and
military.  Mehmet Ali Acga who shot the late Pope John Paul was a Grey Wolf
Grey Wolf logo of Turkish Neo-Fascist party-
Logo of Magnolia Science Academy #5 resembles the Turkish Grey Wolf logo political party


Caprice Young new CEO of Magnolia Schools wastes no time having a Town Hall meeting with SC Magnolia parents

Dr. Michele Ryan saw the light

Caprice Young wastes no time had a Town Hall meeting with the parents of the Magnolia -Santa Clara on
Friday May 8, 2015 - Caprice is working her "magic"
Principal of Magnolia School-Santa Clara since he is a Gulenist Turk
will his head be on Caprice's chopping block?
Memories of the past Turkish Dancers at the 2013 Magnolia Science Academy -Multicultural Faire.
Actually the appearance of the jumps and costumes is probably more Greek in it's origin which was
the indigenous people of what today is known as republic of Turkey. 

State audit reveals severe shortfalls in truancy reporting from Magnolia Schools, financial and other issues resolved

California state audit has found that a charter school organization accused of financial mismanagement by the Los Angeles Unified School District has improved its bottom line but still needs stronger controls over spending.
The audit, released Thursday by State Auditor Elaine M. Howle, also found that the expenditure of $127,000 by the Magnolia Educational and Research Foundation to process immigration papers for foreign staff was lawful and reasonable.
In addition, the audit criticized L.A. Unified for trying to shut down three campuses in Palms, Northridge and Bell using limited information and without giving Magnolia officials adequate time to respond to charges of mismanagement. It said the district "may have acted prematurely."
Caprice Young, chief executive officer of Magnolia Public Schools, hailed the report.
"What's important about this report is not just that we're being vindicated, but that LAUSD has been called to task for its unfairness and lack of professional practices," she said.
Board of Education member Bennett Kayser, Magnolia's most vocal critic, said the district's scrutiny helped drive the charter organization's financial reform measures.
"I am glad this charter chain is fixing up its act. It is too bad it took this much effort to force them to do so," he said in a statement. "Charters in California live by very few rules but one is that they need to keep clean books."
In a statement, the district said it "acknowledges the actions on the part of the new leadership of Magnolia Public Schools to address the substantive concerns" and said it would continue to monitor the organization as legally required.
L.A. Unified sought to close the campuses after an outside audit performed last year alleged that the organization was $1.66 million in the red, owed $2.8 million to the schools it oversees and met the federal definition of insolvency. The Palms academy also was insolvent, the audit said.
In addition, the review alleged fiscal mismanagement, including a lack of debt disclosure, weak fiscal controls over the principals’ use of debit cards and questionable payments for immigration fees and services.
The statewide charter organization, which enrolls 4,000 students in 11 academies focused on science and math, denied the allegations and sued the district last year to overturn the decision to close the campuses. In March, the district agreed to keep the schools open under a legal settlement.
Charters are independent, publicly funded campuses; most are nonunion.
The audit found that some of L.A. Unified's concerns had merit. It confirmed that some of the academies were insolvent at points in the last three fiscal years, in part because of delays in state funding, but that all were back in the black. It also questioned 52 of 225 transactions reviewed, the financial relationship with one vendor and controls over fundraisers.
Young, who was hired in January, said her new leadership team has moved swiftly to address the concerns. Magnolia's improvements, she said, include a new chief financial officer and controller, stronger controls over spending and staff training. Under the legal settlement with L.A. Unified, the charter chain also agreed to submit to fiscal oversight by a state financial management organization.

Was part of the deal that Caprice Young cut with LAUSD the separation of "certain" Magnolia staff largely attached to the Gulen movement like this idiot who spent more time in Sacramento, CA trying to sway government opinion that he knew nothing about
LA's Magnolia charters 'grossly' underreported truancies, state auditors find

The California state auditors found all four Magnolia Public Schools reviewed "grossly" underreported truancies – errors the charter network said it is addressing.
One Magnolia school, Academy 5, reported no truancies in the 2012-2013 school year, but in a report released Thursday, the auditors discovered the rate was more than 30 percent.
State auditors said the errors "could mislead parents of potential students and other interested stakeholders regarding the school environment."
Auditors also found issues with payroll and vendor payments, but concluded the once-struggling charter network was solvent as of July 2014
Magnolia's CEO Caprice Young said her staff didn't fully understand the state's truancy definition and are making corrections. Young said the truancy errors did not impact the organization's public school funding tied to average daily attendance, which she said is calculated separately.
The Los Angeles Unified School District moved to close two Magnolia Public Schools' eight campuses last year after the district's inspector general found missing and misused funds.
Magnolia disagreed with many of the findings and fought the closures in court with the help of the California Charter Schools Association.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin sided with the charter network, and the schools remain open.
State auditors agreed "LAUSD may have acted prematurely when it rescinded its conditional approval of two academies," because it did not give Magnolia "sufficient time to respond to its criticisms."
"Was this vindicating? Absolutely!" Young said. "Do we have a lot of work to do? Yes."
Late Thursday, LAUSD issued a statement, saying it “acknowledges the actions on the part of the new leadership of Magnolia Public Schools to address the substantive concerns that the District raised in fulfillment of its oversight responsibilities.”
It added:
The District will follow through on its stated responses to the Auditor’s recommendations as part of our ongoing commitment to high quality charter school authorizing, as well as monitor Magnolia’s implementation of its action steps. As noted in the Audit, the District and Magnolia Public Schools were able to reach a settlement that allows both parties to move forward together in the best interest of students and in protection of taxpayers’ trust.

Did Caprice Young know that Magnolia Schools are modeled after Yamalar College in Turkey? 
A state audit of Magnolia Public Schools, a charter network operating in LA Unified, has found that the group’s financial controls need improvement but that the district acted too hastily in its attempts to close three of the chain’s eight campuses.
The report, issued today, brings to a close a long running episode involving Magnolia’s parent company and LA Unified efforts last year to revoke the charter renewal applications for three Magnolia Science Academy schools — in Palms, Van Nuys and Bell — over fiscal mismanagement and other financial irregularities.
The audit confirmed that the schools were insolvent at points during the past three fiscal years, but said that was due to a delay in state funding. As a result, the cash-strapped academies borrowed from schools with surplus revenues to pay off debts. While the district was critical of Magnolia for engaging in these types of inter-agency loans, the state audit concluded that “these loans served a useful purpose because they enabled the struggling academies to continue to serve their students.”
As of July, all but one of the loans was repaid, and eight academies are operating in the black with sufficient reserve funds.
However, despite an overall clean fiscal bill of health auditors say Magnolia must strengthen its financial and management processes, especially with respect to fundraising and documenting expenditures.
Another failing by Magnolia identified in the report is that it “grossly underreported truancy data to the California Department of Education.”

About 2,300 students attend Magnolia academies. Complaints of fiscal mismanagement and low enrollment have plagued nearly all of the campuses since the first charter was founded in 2002.
Still, Magnolia officials put a positive spin on the report.
Caprice Young, a former LA Unified school board president and the newly hired CEO, told LA School Report that the audit was long-awaited good news and proves that the organization is fiscally stable.
“It is a real vindication for us,” she said, adding that, “it is very, very critical of the way that LAUSD treated Magnolia.”
Young explained that Magnolia has implemented more stringent policies allowing for more transparency, including the manner in which schools report student truancies. “The problem there was that the staff was not counting all of the tardies as truancies,” she said. “But it didn’t have any impact on test scores or the amount of money we received for funding.”
“What the auditor came up with is a fix-it ticket. What LAUSD came up with was a death sentence,” Young said.
Ultimately, the report determined that “LAUSD may have acted prematurely when it rescinded the charter renewal petitions of two academies.”
Further, it said, the district did not provide sufficient time for the charter school company to respond to criticisms.The audit also said the district failed to share the complete results of an independent audit commissioned by the district with Magnolia until after it had rescinded the academies’ charter petitions.
The two sides reached reached a settlement agreement in March, resulting in the renewal of all three academies’ charters.

NOTE TO CAPRICE;   A known fact around political and academic circles that you are working very hard to remove the Turks from the charter ownership.  You have pushed them into the background and put new faces "Hispanics" and other non-Turks to the front.  Until the members of the Gulen Movement are entirely removed from this charter school, it's all show for now.  You have retained some of their models for education and they should be removed as all the Turkish teachers remaining should be removed.  Hire American teachers that are not affiliated with the Gulen Movement, it isn't necessary to "target" the support of one particular ethnic group.   They as you know, have their own private schools and will never trust you or your motives. 
Keep waving the money around and making improvements, hopefully you can keep up the show long enough to push the Gulen Movement completely out of California.  Then the money can 100% go into your pockets.