Academia Avance

"Critics assail director of L.A. charter." Los Angeles Times (CA), 9/25/2007 
A Highland Park charter school is facing allegations of financial impropriety, gross mismanagement and academic shortcomings from a group of former employees and parents who formerly enrolled their children at the school…

The story of an embattled charter school facing the school board and the court of public opinion has emerged several times in the last year. Nearly all such schools have survived, whether the issue was low test scores, admission practices, questionable accounting or an unorthodox curriculum. Charters are independently run schools that are free from some regulations that govern traditional schools.

Most of Academia Avance's critics are closely associated with the school's founding. They include a former principal, former teachers, former office workers and parents.

They describe a poorly organized school that churned through staff and a director who was never short on plans to increase revenue but was perpetually short on resources for students.

"It was an amazing opportunity for an inner-city area and an incredible idea, but it was run very poorly," said former English teacher Tiffany Miller. "We had no school supplies. There was no working air-conditioning or heating. There were broken windows. Very little supervision."…


Of the school's five initial teachers, Miller and one other finished the year before quitting, she said. Much of the school year involved a procession of substitutes and short-term hires. The substitutes allegedly included the school's founder and director, Ricardo Mireles, office staff and parent volunteers…

5 comments:

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene said...

As if this wasn't enough scandal to shut them down, Ricardo Mireles, the well heeled Executive Director of Academia Avance, calls for unelected boards of privatized charter schools to begin gambling with our hard earned tax dollars in cockamamy schemes smacking of the exotic mortgage derivatives market that crashed the economy.

Charter Voucher Charlatans Now Advocating AIG Style Derivatives

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene said...

As if this wasn't enough scandal to shut them down, Ricardo Mireles, the well heeled Executive Director of Academia Avance, calls for unelected boards of privatized charter schools to begin gambling with our hard earned tax dollars in cockamamy schemes smacking of the exotic mortgage derivatives market that crashed the economy.

Charter Voucher Charlatans Now Advocating AIG Style Derivatives

Anonymous said...

welcome to the future,here we are in 2011 , and just recntle found out that mr. mreles and company of thieves,run out money at the beginning of the year and avnce kids are not getting breakfast or lunch ,because they spent the money like there was not tomorrow,they fired two bus drivers and owed the food company 85k... it there anything we can do to get rid of these thieves?

Anonymous said...

I was once a former student at Academia Avance. My middle school years were well! yes no air conditioner of heater was provided but the good education was. I graduated middle school and now a sophmore at Franklin High School. The school may not be so highy in shape but the kids have fun interacting with eachother and get their education. All seniors thi year graduated on stage and All got accpeted at a college.

Anonymous said...

This school sucks people its ugly and horrilbe