I just got a small set of records from everybody’s favorite star-crossed charter school horror show, that is to say GANAS Academy. The set is woefully incomplete, and it’s pretty clear that Sakshi Jain is lying to her lawyer about it yet again, but nevertheless there is some essential material in there, and you can browse through the whole pile of it over here on Archive.Org.
And by far the most important material in here is GANAS Academy’s general ledger in MS Excel format1 along with monthly bank statements through June 2019. The ledger shows every credit and every debit from the inception of the school in August 2018 with very detailed descriptions. The story kicks off with a $325K grant from the Walton Family Foundation, deposited in the California Credit Union on August 11, 2018 as shown on that month’s bank statement and it’s all downhill from there.
In September 2018 she began paying herself $13K per month, as shown in that month’s statement and this continued at least through June 2019, which is the last monthly statement I have.2 But like I said, the real action is found in that ledger. It’s there that we learn that the $325K Jain has been burning through came from the Waltons. That she spent about $63K on recruiting students, which no doubt includes the $850 per kid bounty she paid her recruiter. And last but never least $15K to charter school contract killer law firm Young, Minney, and Corr.3
So that, friends, is the charter school innovation laboratory model. Get a ton of free money from an appalling gang of zillionaires and proceed to burn through it at an astonishing rate. A quarter of a million dollars between August 2018 and June 2019.4 And at the end, you don’t even have a damn school. Although I will say that given the horrific nature of these schools, the world is clearly better off having her spend all that money and not start a school than otherwise.
Oh, and recall that Jain didn’t publicly announce that her school wouldn’t open this Fall until July 12, 2019. I previously proved that she knew as early as July 1 that she wasn’t going to open but didn’t tell the parents of enrolled students, the people who needed to know as soon as possible.5 But evidence from this set of records proves that in fact Jain knew as early as June 26, 2019 that she would not open.
That’s the day that LAUSD received her “Back Out Letter”6 according to this letter to Jain from Jose Cole-Gutierrez, chief boss of LAUSD’s Charter School Division. So that’s an extra four days that Jain cheated the parents out of for purposes of figuring out what they were to do with their children in the Fall. Bad, irresponsible, selfish, but, sadly, not surprising. And read on for a transcription of Cole-Gutierrez’s letter and some screenshots from that ledger in case it’s hard to read on your phone or whatevs!
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Charter Schools Division
333 South Beaudry Avenue, 20 th Floor, Los Angeles, CA90017
Office: (213) 241-0399 ♦ Prop. 39: (213) 241-5130 ♦ Fax: (213) 241-2054
FRANCES GIPSON, PH.D.
Chief Academic Officer
Director, Charter Schools Division
July 8, 2019
GANAS Academy, Inc.
6226 Villa Ryan Way
Buena Park, CA 90620
RE: PROPOSITION 39 FACILITIES BACK OUT NOTIFICATION
On June 26,2019, the Los Angeles Unified School District (“District”) received from GANAS Academy (“Charter School”) unilateral notification that it will not occupy the District-offered space at Catskill Elementary School (“Facilities”) that it previously accepted on May 1, 2019, pursuant to Proposition 39 for the 2019-2020 school year.
Based on Charter School’s recent representation it will not occupy the Facilities, the District will not incur any additional costs (including, but not limited to, acquiring furniture and equipment, reorganizing the campus, and making improvements and modifications to the Facilities) to accommodate Charter School. The Facilities will be used for District programs, and Charter School will not be entitled to any use of the Facilities for the 2019-2020 school year.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the District reserves all of its rights pursuant to California Code of Regulations, title 5, section 11969.9, subdivision (i), and otherwise, based on Charter School’s prior acceptance of the District-offered space at the Facilities.
VIA E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
c: Sean Jernigan
Image of GANAS Academy founding genius Sakshi Jain is ©2019 MichaelKohlhaas.Org and then, way over here, in the corner, losing my religion, is this item here.
- Which I apologize for not knowing how to export to a legible PDF.
- Although obviously I have requested the most recent two.
- They use an ampersand rather than the word “and” in their firm name because of course they freaking do. That, friends, is precisely why I do not use an ampersand. At least I don’t use it in referring to them & their damn law firm.
- The calculation is based on the fact that she started with $325K and at the end of June 2019, according to the bank statement, she had $78K left.
- If there even were any, which isn’t actually clear at this point.
- That seems to be the official name of it!