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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-11-12 09:35 PM
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Oakland religious private school gets taxpayer money for 200 students, has about 12 or 14.
"St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland has operated with virtually no government oversight despite repeated red flags"

Oakland school accused of abuse is overbilling taxpayers, records show

A West Oakland church school that makes its students ask for money at BART stations appears to have vastly inflated its enrollment numbers to collect extra taxpayer funding, some of which goes to a teacher who former students say physically abused them and other children.

And for years, St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church and private school has operated with virtually no government oversight despite repeated red flags. The K-12 school is run by pastor Robert Lacy, 79, who pleaded guilty in 2007 to theft of government money for taking his deceased fathers Social Security payments.

Despite claiming nearly 200 attendees, an inspection by the state Department of Social Services in March to determine whether the school was also running a day care center found 14 children at the school one day and 12 the next.

One morning last month, from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m., California Watch observed about six children trickle into the church and nine more who were dropped off in the school van.

The district board members have called for an investigation.

District board members urge investigation of private Oakland school

The board members were responding to a California Watch investigation into a West Oakland K-12 school run by St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, which sends its students to ask for money at BART stations. Oakland Unified School District allocated $50,000 in federal funds this year based on the school's claim that it had 195 students, including 61 low-income children. Former students and government inspections, however, indicate the actual number is fewer than 30.

Most of the money is distributed in contracts, approved by the school board, to church leaders such as Robert Lacy Jr., who several former students said physically abused the children there.

There is so much money being taken from traditional public schools for private schools and charter schools which are not held accountable.

]This school year, Oakland Unified allocated $784,000 in federal Title II money to 29 private schools in Oakland, based on the schools' total enrollment, according to district records. The money is supposed to provide teacher training, and in St. Andrew's case goes to Carrie Banks, who married the church's pastor and teaches kindergarten through third grade.

The district also allocated $441,000 in Title I funds to 16 private schools, based on the number of eligible low-income students at the schools. That money funds additional instruction for struggling students. The school board approved a $7,400 contract in January for Lacy Jr. to provide the tutoring at $40 per hour. In April, district staff approved an additional $8,000 contract for Lacy Jr. that will go to the school board for final approval soon, said William Nownes, who administers the funding for Oakland Unified.

The education "reformers" have used their money and power to required strict accountability from public school teachers.....and very little from private and charter schools.

Seems to me Obama turned the nation's education system over to Arne Duncan as his personal play thing. There seems to be no limitations on what he can do.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-12-12 06:22 PM
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1. yeah, this story just makes ya sick! such a bastardization of the "dept of education" going on
and sure, I'm voting Obama, no question, but it's not like we can be "thrilled" about the horrible situation going on in education that repubs and dems are behind, at the behest of the billionaires who are pushing for 'reform'.

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