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St. Hope in meltdown mode?

Updated 1:19 p.m
Inspector General urges grand jury probe

READ: Special Report to Congress from the Office of the Inspector General concerning St. Hope’s misuse of federal funds.


The Sacramento Bee, through the Freedom of Information Act, has obtained former St. Hope CEO Rick Maya’s resignation letter from the charter school’s board of directors. Submitted last month, Maya’s letter (along with three other board members’ resignations) reveals further criminal activity on the part of Sacramento’s mayor and his henchmen.

New allegations of obstruction of justice, serious fiscal insolvency, violation of the Brown Act, secretive back-room dealings and abuse of authority surface with Mr. Maya’s letter.

The SCUSD Board of Trustees must immediately demand some answers to the questions Maya’s letter raises. What is the vulnerable district’s legal culpability in the fiasco that is St. Hope? The time is long past due to sever ties to this failed experiment which is so obviously in meltdown mode.


Written by scusdobserver

May 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Commentary: Small decision with big implications?

In today’s Bee, Lauren Rosenhall writes a story decrying how the charter schools under SCUSD’s umbrella are prevented from advertising on the district’s website.

At tomorrow night’s board meeting
the trustees will decide if this policy is going to change.

The article specifically focuses on St. Hope’s enrollment problems, quoting Executive Director Rick Maya.

Recruiting students is key to a charter school’s success since the state funds schools based on how many kids attend. Without access to the district Web site, Sacramento High and the other charter schools have had to attract students through billboards and radio ads.

“(It) creates a tremendous amount of expense, and a tremendous amount of work,” said Rick Maya, executive director of St. HOPE.

“That will never replace the effect if parents can go onto the district Web site and look at all their options.”

Will listing St. Hope’s charter on the website solve their enrollment problems? Will it raise their test scores and bring them out of program improvement? Will it prevent the high turnover rate of staff? Will it make them financially solvent? Will it help them win basketball games? Being listed on SCUSD’s website is not a magic bullet for this school. This charter (as do all charters) has the ability to recruit students from anywhere in this state.

Parents and students know all too well that St. Hope’s charter is an option, and the well-informed are choosing to reject Sacramento Charter High School. It is currently a failing institution and no amount of web publicity is going to change that fact.

Written by scusdobserver

June 18, 2008 at 1:08 pm

St . Hope withdraws middle school charter petition

In the Bee today:
St. HOPE officials Monday withdrew their charter petition to open a new middle school on the Sacramento Charter High School campus, citing financial concerns.

(Executive Director Rick) Maya said the withdrawal was “absolutely not” related to a recent article in The Bee about how St. HOPE handled an allegation last year that Johnson acted inappropriately with a Sacramento Charter High student.

Written by scusdobserver

May 13, 2008 at 1:42 pm