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  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012


    Rejected PEAK Charter School seeks OUSD Charter

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Rejected PEAK Charter School seeks OUSD Charter

    Item 13 C (page 46) on the December 13 Orange Unified School District (OUSD) School Board Agenda, a group of parents have petitioned OUSD to open a charter school-PEAK (Providing Educational Alternatives for Kids) Charter. The group had filed in October 2011 with their local district, the Brea-Orlinda Unified School District (BOUSD). The PEAK Charter group proposes using the controversial new-age educational models of Multi-age classes (not to be confused with combination classes) and educational constructivism as the teaching focus of the school. On December 5, 2011 based on district staff recommendations, the BOUSD Trustees voted to deny the local parent group a charter. On November 27, 2012 the PEAK group filed a charter petition with OUSD.

    In October and December of last year, supporters of the PEAK Charter School spoke before the BOUSD Board of Trustees(see links below). Two of the charter group who addressed the BOUSD in support of the charter, Chris Rodriguez and Penelope Pauley, gave the same City of Orange condo address as their home residence. Both are listed on the PEAK Charter website as part of the “Charter Development Team” (see link below).

    At the October BOUSD meeting, the PEAK Charter Development Team was joined by supporters and Charter School Advocates from across California. Those supporters including Dr. Wendy Ranck-Buhr, Principal of the San Diego Cooperative Charter School (SDCCS) who spoke at the BOUSD in support of the PEAK Charter School. Like the PEAK Charter Plan, the SDCCS uses the new-age constructivist model, which since the early part of this century has increasingly come under scrutiny and criticism by the mainstream educationalists.

    In year 3 of Program Improvement, last year SDCCS declined 19 points on the California State Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP) and failed in five areas of 17 AYP criteria. The school also failed to make math proficiency and subgroup targets. The school also failed to meet proficiency targets in English-Language Arts, but was able to meet the AYP law’s Safe Harbor criteria (OUSD has embraced a similar strategy of exiting schools from Program Improvement). In the Safe Harbor option, the school or student group “shows progress” in moving students at the below proficient level toward a higher level.

    SDCCS Principal Dr. Wendy Ranck-Buhr herself is no stranger to criticism. In 2006 she was widely criticized by right wing groups across the nation for allowing teachers and students from the K-8 school to march in the San Diego Gay Pride parade (see link).

    There are other “new age” connections with other members of the Peak Charter Development Team. Chris Rodriquez lists himself on LinkedIn as ‘past” Project Manager/Lead Petitioner at Peak Cooperative Charter School and “past” Director of Operations at Rich Dreams Inc. Rodriquez’s condo-mate Penelope Pauley, her father Tom Pauley and her mother Diane Pauley, all operate Rich Dreams Inc.
    The website for Rich Dreams Inc. states (see link):
    Creating Abundance with the Law of Attraction

    How? Well as the site states….

    "It is our intent to raise you up, expand your mind and extend your reach. And in doing so, make you Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. Because the richer you get the richer we all get.

    It started on a secluded beach in Southern California. Tom Pauley received a remarkable gift from God coming on the wings of a Red-Tailed Hawk. It was this gift that changed all our lives. We went from a second personal bankruptcy to a rich and happy life, practically overnight. "

    What did that “Red Tail Hawk” bring? Just buy the book- or one of the many other products to find out the secret. Of course the website does tell you that 10% tithing is one way to attract wealth…and as the site says you can tithe 10% “personal gifts” to the Pauley family (really see the LINK):

    Tithing for Tom & Penelope, Diane or Rich Dreams.
    As a convenience for those who wish to send us a tithe, here are a few details. Please note we are not soliciting your tithe. We have, however, received many requests for information.
    Sending a tithe to us with a Paypal account –
    Send your tithe to
    Mark it as Personal/Gift if possible
    Sending a tithe with a check or money order –
    Address the check or money order to Tom Pauley, Diane Pauley or Penelope Pauley and mail to:
    Rich Dreams, Inc.
    P.O. Box 3922
    Laguna Hills, California 92654-3922
    We have difficulty accepting tithes to Rich Dreams, Inc. as we are registered as a ‘for profit’ corporation. This information is provided in response to the many requests we receive.”

    The BOUSD staff recommended that the PEAK Charter School be denied a charter on technicalities: the petition signatures were 50% parents and 50% teachers, and the “school” did not have a facility located to open at, just a geographical area.
    OUSD will as required by law hold a public hearing on the petition this Thursday.

    BOUSD DEC 2011 Board Minutes
    BOUSD OCT 2011 Board Minutes

    PEAK Facebook

    Charter School Gay Pride Controversy

    RICH DREAMS Website

    Tithing to RICH DREAMS

    AMAZON page for RICH DREAMS with Comments

    Inside the December 13 Agenda

    OUSD Board to elect officers for 2013

    Agenda Item 7 B (Agenda page 2) on the December 13 has Trustees Dr. Alexia Deligianni, Mark Wayland and Jon Ortega being sworn in for another term after the November election (Ortega was again unopposed). The swearing in ceremony will be followed by the Annual Organization Meeting (Agenda Item 9A page 3).

    Agenda Consent Item Item 15 L (page 79), Trustee Dr. Deligianni asks for a revote on the request that Trustee Rick Ledesma be paid for the October 30, 2012 Special Closed Session (Topic: the Evaluation Instrument for the Superintendent). Needing 4 votes, the item failed with 3 votes yes, two no (Moffat and Singer) and 1 abstention ( Ledesma). Deligianni had gone home ill. With Deligianni sponsoring the vote, if it is pulled for a separate vote by Moffat or Singer, it is expected to pass.

    13 A -Action Item (page 6-43) Interim Financial Report- the passages of Proposition 30 in November will result in over $12 million dollar net increase in funds to OUSD.
    14 A- Discussion of Riverdale Surplus Property site.

    INSIDE former OUSD Superintendent Godley’s retirement bonus
    (Beginning 8/2008)

    * The Godley Retirement Bonus presented here is an estimate of the amount in “bonus retirement” accrued since the Superintendent’s retirement on 6/30/08 using a 6% lifetime formula calculated here at $1210 a month since 8/08. The actual retirement plan the former OUSD Superintendent opted to take is not public information and the figures presented are only as an estimate of the taxpayer costs after the OUSD trustees voted against an amendment to exclude Godley from the retirement program. The on-going estimated figure is presented as a reminder to the community of the high cost in educational tax dollars the OUSD Board vote to allow the former Superintendent to participate in the 6% retirement incentive cost the OUSD education community in tax dollars. Godley retired from OUSD on June 30, 2008 after he worked for the school district for a little over five years.

    Next OUSD Board Meeting Thursday December 13, 2012 -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    FOR the Agenda CLICK ON:

    OUSD CLOSED SESSION STARTS 6:30 PM, Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    AGENDA 12/13/12

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015
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