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MEMORANDUM
February 6, 2005

To: Attorney Leon Williams
From: William and Carrie Bailey

Subject:
Position Paper and Required Remedies Regarding the Confiscation of Khepera Charter School from Founder Carrie Bailey by the Board of Trustees

Click here to see the full memorandum

Response to Investigation of September 28, 2004 Incident

Deposition Excerpts Pertaining To Termination Letter

Civil Docket Report on Carrie Bailey's Case

Records of Khepera's Performance

Email Broadcast of June 9, 2006
Contains list of Khepera Charter School's failures

Khepera Charter School 2004-2005 Annual Report

Khepera Charter School 2005-2006 Annual Report

Khepera Charter School 2006-2007 Annual Report

Khepera Charter School 2007-2008 Annual Report

Khepera Charter School 2008-2009 Annual Report

Renewal Conditions

Khepera Charter School 2009-2010 Annual Report

Memorandum on Rachel Randolph's Case

Depositions on Rachel Randolph's Case
This is a must read!!

Board's Position on Appropriation of Rachel Randolph's Work

Civil Docket Report on Rachel Randolph's Case

Another self-serving elimination of a skilled educator; Another lawsuit
Auxilliary Info

The Complaint

Civil Docket Report

Link to Summary of the Sunshine Act

Charter School Complaint Procedure
Excerpt from complaint procedure

Right To Obtain Meeting Minutes & Annual Report

Charter School Regulations

Charter School Policy

Charter School Scandels Blog

Article on Unenforced Sunshine Laws

Article on Strengthening Sunshine Laws in PA

Article on Website for Accessing Public Records

Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's Sunshine Act Page

Article on PA Supreme Court Ruling on Due Process

Link to PA Charter Schools Annual Reports

Article on PA Open-Records Law

Articles On Charter School Oversight

Story of Another Charter School With No Oversight

Hobbled Oversight Leads To Abuse

Articles 2009

Highlights of Documents on this Site

School Address and Phone Numbers

144 West Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-843-3527, 215-843-1700

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Posts on Carrie Bailey's and Rachel Randolph's cases

Key & Recent Posts

Mar 26, 2006

Carrie Bailey had her day in court.

She was granted a judgement for the full allowable amount. The ruling affirmed the fact that it is wrong for public officials to use a false accusation, a bogus investigation and kangaroo court procedures to appropriate the fruits of someone's labor.

Many thanks to Attorney Leon Williams - The People's Champion in Philadelphia!!

Sep 29, 2007

Rachel Randolph's case has been settled. A link to an excerpt of the case's civil docket is above. Note how after losing two motions for summary judgment, the board filed a flurry of motions in attempts to squelch from the pending trial the evidence of their clear intent to appropriate the work of the founders.

Sep 30, 2007

Carrie Bailey's and Rachel Randolph's suits brought a number of positives to the cause of decency. But most positive was dragging the board kicking and screaming into the sunlight from the shadows of what the board had counted on to be the protective cover of bureaucracy. The founders got the opportunity to face the board members as they responded to questions that sought to understand how these four men reached the conclusion that it would be a good idea to eliminate the founders and appropriate their three years of personal sacrifice a mere two months after the school's opening.

As might have been expected, the depositions of the board members produced no clear picture; instead they produced a flood of incoherencies. See for yourself. Please review, via the link above, the discussion of the termination letter sent to Carrie Bailey. The board seized upon the opportunity to act on a false accusation lodged against her. The letter was a result of a meeting that was conducted outside of Carrie Bailey's and the public's knowledge. Also please review the depositions associated with Rachel Randolph's case. In particular note the secretary's response to the question of what compelled him to put forth a motion to terminate Rachel Randolph. This motion was recorded in minutes that presumably he wrote.

The board lodged numerous complaints about this website throughout the litigations. But those complaints were misplaced. If they had not trampled over laws regulating public officials in their rush to eliminate the founders, and if educating students was somewhere in their list of priorities, they would not have handed us such a wealth of material to report.

The board's discomfort with a communication forum beyond the control of public officials points to striking parallels between the board's modus operandi and stewardship, and despotic regimes of the twentieth century. Students of history will recognize the following shared characteristics.

Crackpot Vision At Odds With The Way The World Works
- Despotic regimes sold the notion that ideal societies could be engineered through central planning. Their policies inevitably included assaults on core human needs such as (1) personal dignity and (2) the opportunity to benefit from one's own labor. Disillusionment and unrest led to a cascade of collapses at the end of the twentieth century.
- Beyond the prima facie intent to gain unfettered control of a two million dollar a year budget, the Khepera board was peddling a similar crackpot notion. They contended that a group of men, with no skills in education and no clue of the effort it took to establish the school, could run a successful learning institution after eliminating the people with all the education, talent and corporate knowledge.

Conviction That Ends Justify Means
- Despotic regimes sold the notion that eliminating people that they deemed to be obstacles was necessary for the achievement of their vision of an ideal society. This conviction suppressed impulses for principled resistance.
- The Khepera board somehow reached the conclusion that eliminating the founders was necessary for the realization of a - to date - yet to be unveiled vision. To anyone with moral substance, the idea of eliminating the founders just two months after the culmination of their three year effort was wrong. It is hard to believe that this thought did not occur to at least one of the four board members. The purpose of a public board is to bring multiple viewpoints to subjects of public interest. Failure to do so constituted negligence by these public officials.

Negative Selection
-Despotic regimes characteristically purged those who showed the most initiative, the most creativity, the most imagination, and the most decency.
- Khepera Charter School's profile fits this description exactly.

Mobster Elite
- The reality of life for the "people" in a despotic regime stood in stark contrast to the sham vision of an egalitarian society. The ruling party drained resources from the society and enjoyed privileged lifestyles. The "people" subsisted under totalitarian control.
- The Khepera board trampled over laws regulating public officials in their rush to gain unfettered control over a two million dollar a year budget. Khepera Charter School's horrid performances on standardized tests belie the board's sham vision of an authentic learning institution. With the School District of Philadelphia in a financial deficit, perhaps one day there will be an examination of how the public's six million dollars (and counting) was spent. Are there minutes of board meetings that record how financial decisions were made? Did contractors undergo a required open bidding process? How were consultants selected, and what measurable contribution did they make to the academic process?

The Big Lie
- Totalitarian control of communication media permitted despotic regimes to prop up false images of success, progress and contentment, while simultaneously sapping the lifeblood out of society and citizens. The cascade of collapses of totalitarian regimes in the late twentieth century was due in part to the free flow of information made possible by fax machines.
- The Khepera board attempted to give life to a Big Lie constructed upon (1) a false accusation against Carrie Bailey and (2) the fabrication that the extra duties Rachel Randolph voluntarily assumed constituted an assignment to an unauthorized position. In the twenty-first century the internet gives voices to the "people" and makes Big Lies such as this difficult to maintain.

Glaring contrasts between The Big Lie and reality of everyday life created a fertile environment for political jokes in totalitarian societies. See how well the following two adapted jokes apply to the Khepera situation.

Joke 1
- Khepera board's governance must be working, because the school is still open. With the kind of mess going on there, if any other group was in charge, the school would have been shut down some time ago.

Joke 2
- Khepera Charter School's vision of an authentic learning institution is like the horizon. It always recedes into the future.

There is an overarching message that must be drawn from this Khepera Charter School situation. It is that responsible citizens, who feel the loss of essential institutions that get undermined, must recognize, expose and confront public officials with mobster mentalities seeking power.

Oct 12, 2008

A link to the Khepera Charter School 2005-2006 Annual Report is above. The link also contains the state's template for the report. As with the 2004-2005 report, it took a court order to get the Khepera board to release this public document.

You can see for yourself that Khepera was less than forthright in providing genuine responses to each and every item. For example, consider the following item:

SECTION VI. GOVERNANCE REQUIREMENTS

3. Describe the professional development provided or taken regarding governance of the school (including the Sunshine Law and the Public Officials Act) for the Board of Trustees.

Their response was:

Through out the year, the Board members participated in several kinds of professional development. This participation happened on the State, local and internal level. On the state level, trustees attended the annual Pennsylvania Charter School Conference on May 2006. Members attended the following workshops:

1. Duties and Responsibilities of the Board
2. The importance of collecting timely and accurate attendance
3. New legislation that affects governance of charter schools

The following excerpts from depositions belie the claim that the board received professional development:

PRESIDENT (page 23)

Q: Do you know why there's a requirement for an annual report to be filed?

A: No.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT (page 17)

Q: Were you involved at all in the drafting and filing of the Khepera annual report?

A: I wasn't involved in it.

 

SECRETARY (page 12)

Q: As your position as secretary, were you involved at all in preparing or filing an annual report?

A. No.

Q: Did you read the 2005-2006 annual reports or the 2004-2005 annual reports?

A: No.

 

TREASURER (pages 18, 48)

Q: Did you read it (2005 Annual Report)?

A: No.
.
.
Q: Did you participate in any of these (professional development) sessions?

A: No.

At the time of this report, Khepera Charter School had squandered 4 million dollars of the public's money. To date they have squandered 8 million and counting.

March 31, 2010

The following articles and their references to Khepera Charter School may shed some light on the board's rush to eliminate the founders thereby gaining unfettered control over the school and its $2 million annual budget.

March 30, 2010 Article

March 31, 2010 Article

July 24, 2010

The following article is a testiment to the capricious amorality of Khepera Charter School's board. After manufacturing causes to eliminate the founders, the president, treasurer and other members overlooked the fiscal malfeasance of their business manager. They now administer one of the four out of sixty-seven charter schools whose staff chose to unionize!

June 25, 2010 Article

May 7, 2011

Khepera Charter School's Annual Report 2009-2010 has been posted above. It reads like a slick marketing brochure with an overflow of flowery claims and promises - but not much substance. A primary example of this is the discussion of financial management on pages 43-46. These pages discuss the audit from the previous school year (2008-2009). Note how the claim, "The deficiencies in internal control disclosed were NOT considered material weaknesses" eludes a common sense connection with actual findings.

Finding 1: The auditor noted during its audit procedures that formal fiscal policies and procedures do not exist for the School.

Finding 2: During its fieldwork the auditor noted that personnel files (e.g. employment contracts) did not support salaries paid during certain pay periods of the fiscal year.

Finding 3: During the performance of the audit procedures, adjustments were required for payables, receivables, prepaid expenses, and net assets. Recording these entries is a necessary step in ensuring that financial statements are fairly stated.

The Annual Report for 2009-2010 was due in August 2010 and was supposed to address matters from that school year. However, although the report was not finally accepted until February 2011, it contains no discussion of 2009-2010 financial matters.

The board continues to rely on consultant shops to produce documents and on overworked evaluators to rubber stamp them, while it continues to squander taxpayers' money.

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Readers Comments

2005

"Thanks Mama Carrie. I hope all is well. I know how you feel and what you're going through."

" I am so sorry to hear this, though you and I both know that the school can not possible function without your guidance, leadership, and dedication."

"Remember, the journey towards education for liberation can at times take on a rough road, meaning, the battle is unfortunately intense with our very own people (cultural confusion). Stick in there, you've always demonstrated resilience in circumventing the difficult obstacles. Also, remember khepera means birth, death, and transformation, according to the ancients in Kemet. Maybe you're experiencing one of the very aspects of the dung-beetle's reality of life. Meaning, your job is just to season this challenged through, with patience and discipline, and victory will eventually be yours to come."

"Ms. Bailey, from the bottom of my heart I'm sorry. I'm feeling this pain from three primary sources. One, it is sad that we still can't work together."

"Philly is known for the stealing of creative and original ideas (or trying to destroy those who are blessed with this), and/or attempt to front and corrupt concepts that are real and have substance. Philly, as with other places, have parasites and opportunistic lackey's who attempt takeovers; especially when one does not sell out or conform to the status quo."

"How can board members take the education away from children and call it their own when they never planned, organized or supported the Khepera Charter School Mission? The board members of Kephera are killers that came in from the dark with weapons of destruction and murdered the education of children. They think nothing of slaughtering the education of our children for their own gain. That is exactly what the board of Kephera Charter School did when it removed the Founder and Educator Carrie DM Bailey."

"I want to convey my sincere apologies for what you are going through. I too found myself out of my school that I have invested 5 years in. It happened the same way to me. I believe there is a better place for people like us that do a (great)good job. I hope to find it soon."

"The truth's persistence wears down a lie's resistance."

"Whenever there is something positive about to happen, especially when it come to the liberation of our people/children, there are always those who rise up to block and/or to destroy that movement. My prayers are with you and I trust if you stay the course and keep the faith, you will be victorious."

"We have read your e-mail several times and are very sympathetic in that it sounds very much like the situation we have "brewing" at our charter school. "

"We Thank God for this. Continue to fight for what is right."

"May the power of Ma'at continue to overcome Isfet and continue to bless you."

2006

"Well done; Carrie! It was proper to prevail, but, fairness and judicial proceeding are not guaranteed, even as the facts are presented. Matter-of-fact, it should not have happened in the first place; and, throughout it all, I felt your pain. Congratulations to you, your family and the great work of your attorney, you stayed focused. With elation, I am so overjoyed, you've won. Don't stop your mission and great work."

"Please send my congratulations to Carrie. Although our politics often crossed paths, I respect her for the professional she has always been. Teaching is the Profession that Creates All Others. If you can read this, thank a teacher!"

"Congratulations Carrie. For your redeeming, resounding, well earn lawsuit, against the forces of injustice."

"Congratulations, M/s Carrie you stayed the (course) and didn't give up. I'm happy for you, and also glad that you didn't give up. NOW, your (glow) should be 100%"

"Congratulations! Dr. Frances Cress Welsing talks about how we are all affected by racism and it's good to know that truth to power overcomes the madness. Kudos for your Kujichagulia and Imani. This venture was truly putting action to the Nguzo Saba."

"Congratulations, Mrs. Bailey. I sincerely wish you the best. I truly enjoyed working with you at Khepera Charter School. I hope that you will continue on with your dreams and touch the lives of more young people."

"Corruption at the top leads to hopelessness at the bottom."

"HIP HIP HOORAY. Yeah!!! Congratulations."

2007

"My good sister,
I admire your resilience in this struggle for truth, justice, and righteousness. Maat will definitely prevail for you. Stay strong..."

"Thank you Carrie for your up date on the charter school progress. One sure thing in life is that you can't go wrong by doing what is right. Believe me all things work for the good. You can't lose with God on your side. So keep with your aspirations and goals."

"Dear Mrs. Bailey,

I am so very happy to see that you are continuing on with your dream. I was driving down Broad Street and was elated when I saw your new facility.

It was a pleasure working with you at Khepera Charter School. Things just were not the same after your departure.

I am glad that you will be sharing your love and knowledge with a new School of students and staff. I wish you, your family, your school and staff all the best."

2008

"Richard Isaac has fired another principal. The old principal would not let him run the school."

ANNOUNCEMENT
Carrie Bailey's & Rachel Randolph's childcare & tutoring center opened September 2006
Click below for information
(And read the prophetic third entry in the Words of Support)