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Ivy Academia Charter School

I write this to bring attention to an issue that is being grossly overlooked, my kids go to Ivy Academia Charter School, they love everything about their school, of course like every place it’s not perfect, but up until this year, my kids called it their school with much love, but with a 34% teacher turnover rate, they are starting to notice that some teachers just don’t come back, I started asking questions at the beginning of the year as to why this was happening and I realized, Ivy Academia Charter School is paying teachers an average of 17% less than their area colleagues, that means they make around $7400 /year less than teachers who work at other area Charter or Public schools, please bear in mind this school spends 10% of their budget on administration costs, double the average of area schools! I also discovered the teachers have joined UTLA in an effort to have a bigger voice at the school, and they have been in negotiations for a new contract since May 2013, I have always been a believer in “it takes a community” to raise children, and it breaks my heart that Ivy Academia doesn’t see the stability it brings to kids to have their teachers every year there, to be able to come back after summer and see the same faces. It seems Ivy doesn’t value my children’s teachers! There are 8 days for the year anniversary of negotiations, and teachers have been provided with a salary counterproposal that is depending on enrollment, meaning if there are 1200 students enrolled, they get a salary comparable to their colleagues at other schools, but having 1199 students enrolled gets them back to being underpaid an average of 17% than their colleagues at other schools. I really believe a school with an $8million budget, who signed a 10 year lease for a high school campus in West Hills, can and should do better by its teachers, regardless of how many students are enrolled. In support of teachers please join the Parents for Ivy FB page, so our Board of Directors and Administration can see teachers also have the community support.
Sarah Stone May 13, 2014 at 09:08 PM
As a former parent of a student at this school I can only say that you all should read your history. Ivy was founded by two people who were convicted of corruption and embezzling. They were money grabbing scum who had no interest at all in the betterment of the school or the children. http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20130405/san-fernando-valleys-ivy-academia-charter-school-founders-convicted-of-embezzling-public-funds Sounds like it's business as usual, even several years later.
Rhonda Goldberg May 14, 2014 at 12:17 AM
vcblklion'a account has been flagged for rude and inappropriate language. It is well known that Charter Schools underpay their teachers. Look no further than administration if there is poor teacher retention. Charter Schools use public funds, and are public schools which have been turned-over to private individuals without accountability.
vcblklion May 15, 2014 at 02:50 PM
My account was flagged?? LOL for what?? Because I told the truth? This person has absolutely NO idea what they are talking about! The founders no longer control ANYTHING with the school and the school has gone to great lengths to distance themselves from the founders. Additionally Charter schools use public funds but they are NOT supported the same as public schools are! You people are way short on facts and full of hyperbole!
Rhonda Goldberg May 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM
vcblklion, again, you hide behind your name. Your comments were removed, and they were red flagged because your language was inappropriate. Do you work with children? Are you an IA administrator? Are you collecting a paycheck from IA? Saying the founders don't control anything, and that the school has gone to great lengths to distance themselves from the founders is double talk. Who is in charge of making financial decisions at IA? IA should release all salaries for every administrator at all three campuses Please, IA publish all pay scales. The truth will set IA free. Charter Schools are public schools; that is a fact. There are two types of Charters: affiliated and independent; no charter school is a private school. They are funded with the U.S Taxpayers money. You, Mr. or Ms. vcblklion, are hiding your identity! Please, sir or madam, use your name, if you want your comments to be taken seriously. Publish all IA pay scales now! Let the public see where the U.S. Taxpayers money is going at IA, and how IA pays it teachers, administrators, clerks and plant management.
Status Quo May 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM
"Please, sir or madam, use your name, if you want your comments to be taken seriously.". 'Rhonda Goldberg' this your fake name? Some people cannot handle fake names. Three comments, generally attacking another monikered view ~ then asking to more information than required, suggests that more comments than three - used as a weapon against another in attacks and more substantiation from some online identity known as 'Rhonda Goldberg' is logical - to lend any seriousness to the three comments made to bolster the commenters reasoning for flagging anothers' comments. Seems, some moniker('Rhonda Goldberg') has a dog-in-the-hunt against Charter Schools in addition to threatening anonymity of comments. If the "removed' comments were language inappropriate - so be it, though it had nothing to do with another cat's chosen user name or that person's right to comment on issues in Patch. Applying your measure 'Rhonda Goldberg', readers will need more proof of your bona fides beyond three comments in Patch. Although 'Rhonda Goldberg' sheds no light in her attacks ~ the moniker('Rhonda') asks too much in questioning and possibly flagging, to make his/her accusations heard. Hey! 'vcblklion' for those of us who missed your 'language inappropriate' truths, can you republish them(under your moniker) in a more suitable manner(to see your views) that some cat self-named 'Rhonda Goldberg' cannot have overbearing on?

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