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  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016

     

    Voyager Charter pulls petition from OUSD

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    Voyager Charter withdraws Orange Unified petition for charter school
    The December 8, 2016 Orange Unified School Board Agenda Action Item 14 is listed as "Item Withdrawn by Petitioner".  The agenda item was a staff recommendation to deny the petition to open a charter school in Orange Unified.  The agenda shows that the staff resolution to deny the petition was on pages 7-10. Those pages have been redacted from the agenda which was posted online December 5, 2016.


    As of this posting on 12/6/16, the Voyager Charter School's website still shows that the Orange Unified Board will be considering the school's petition on Thursday 12/8/16.


    Last month the OUSD Board conducted a public hearing on the proposed charter school.


    Orange Net News researched members of the Voyager Charter Board of Directors listed on proposed school's website.
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    The Voyager Board's Lead Petitioner and Founding Member is former charter school teacher and administrator Karen Evans, now a comic strip writer. Evans was formally  an administrator for two Gulen Movement affiliated organizations: Irvine based Accord Education and the Magnolia Foundations' Magnolia Science Academy charter school system. Both of these controversial organizations have documented ties to the Gulen Movement known in Arabic as  Hizmet. or "the service".  This fringe movement was started by Turkish Imam ( Muslim cleric) Fethullah Gulen, now in exile in the U.S. and implicated by the Government of Turkey to the summer military coup attempt in Turkey. The Turkish government lists Fethullah Gulen as a terrorist. One of the many concerns of LAUSD and other districts dealing with the Gulen operated charters are the importing of Gulen affiliated Turkish nationals under H1-B visas to fill teaching and staff positions at their charter operated schools.


    Also on the Voyager Charter Board is Newport Beach psychologist Dr. Perry Passaro.  Dr. Passaro is no stranger to Orange Unified. In 2006, a written assessment of an OUSD student from Dr. Passaro's (he did not testify)  was part of an California State Administrative Hearing that OUSD prevailed in- allowing the district to conduct another assessment of the student.

    Another Voyager Charter Board of Director member is Erin Keller. From the Voyager Charter website, Keller's biography explains Keller's vast experience as a teacher and promotes the post-truth impression that Keller is still teaching.  She is not. According to Keller's LinkedIn page, Keller has been an executive assistant for the Orange County Office of Chapter 13 (bankruptcy court) since 2014. Before that she was an Executive Legal Assistant for Lewis Law Group in Santa Ana from 2013-2014. and held another legal assistant job for Sherman Oaks' Simon and Renick from 2009-2013. According to her LinkedIn page, she taught for only  five years 13 years ago. 

    President of Voyager Charter Board of Directors is Chris Winn. The biography on the Voyager website about Winn lists him as President of Sales and Service Inc.  According to the Sales and Service website, the firm is headquartered on La Palma Ave in Anaheim. The Voyager Charter website also lists Winn as a founder of GenNext . It describes GenNext as  "Newport Beach based organization with roles in Philanthropy, a Federal PAC, with an investment platform (Foundation) for matters important to our country’s continued success, national security and education".  

    To see more information about these Board members and their interests Click on:

    The fringe Gulen Movement, post-truths and a political PAC
    The truth about members on the Board for proposed Voyager CharterSchool in OUSD


    New OUSD Trustee to be sworn in
    After winning the 2016 November election, Brenda Lebsack will be sworn in on Thursday December 8th as the new Trustee Area 6 representative.  

    The trustees will also be electing officers for the new year with Agenda Item 10 A.   

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING December 8, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD AGENDA


    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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