Sunday, July 24, 2016

TBFURMAN: Who's Running These Schools? Part 3

TBFURMAN: Who's Running These Schools? Part 3:

Who's Running These Schools? Part 3

Who's Running These Schools? Part 3

And now, Part 4.

I've been writing this from-the-hip series on the mysterious governance of the Gulen-linked charters in Chicago, and none of this post will make sense to you unless you get some context.

Preface
Part 1
Part 2

So, today I was going to look at one of the other Concept schools to see if they had a faux board or governance committee or what have you, but I've decided to back up here because a lot of this work has already been done, as I discovered last night.

Back in May, Dan Mihalopoulos reported that Concept was still getting federal money via a grant in spite of the ongoing FBI/DOE investigation. It was a good piece; go back and read it.  Just as a reminder, Dan uncovered a little nugget of fake-boardery in that piece; he talked about one of the members of an alleged "advisory board" who basically came right out and admitted there was no such board in reality.
Finch, a lawyer in private practice, said Concept vice president Salim Ucan offered him a spot on the advisory panel four or five years ago. 
“I was asked to be on it and never heard anything further,” Finch said Friday.
So, it isn't hard to find the grant that Dan found; it's here.  It was submitted on July, 11 2014, and it indicates clearly who is supposed to be on the "Concept Schools Board of Directors" (p. e85). Those people are below.

So, that's interesting. If you know what you're looking at, you can tell that this board is comprised of mostly insiders and one very unwitting outsider: Judge Ross. Hopefully, down the road, I'll be able to figure out how they glommed onto her. Dan Mihalopoulos already mentioned the Judge Ross angle.

Interestingly, the IRS 990 for 2014, which covers either calendar year 2014 or the tax year running 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015, showed a different set of people than the one reported on their grant application. Here is the board reported to the IRS.

So, something's going on there. I'm not sure what. It appears to me that on July 11, 2014, the CEO of Concept signed the federal grant application, indicating that his board of directors was comprised of Group X, while later on (they filed their 990 on January 11, 2016), Concept indicated to the IRS that its board was comprised of Group Y during the time period in which the grant application was filled out.

Is it possible that the grant application was
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