Fulton charter school: Critical county audit is inaccurate and incomplete

A board member of the Fulton Science Academy Middle School came to the school’s defense today after a critical audit released Tuesday by the school district.

According to the AJC:

FSA board member Angela Lassetter said Wednesday the charter school has never misappropriated tax dollars. The audit said the school imports workers from Turkey, but Lassetter said the award-winning charter school hires the best teachers, regardless of their background. Lassetter said the school’s staff is disproportionately Turkish because officials can’t find qualified American math and science teachers who will accept their low salary.

“I don’t care if they are an alien with purple polka dots and red antennas,” she said.  “I would give a visa to any teacher who can produce good results.”

Further, she said, FSA has no ties to a charter school movement that school district officials said inappropriately funnels money to Turkish businesses. About 120 charter schools nationwide are said to be run by followers of M. Fetullah Gulen, a prominent Turkish imam, making the loosely affiliated network one of the nation’s largest public school operators.

“Nobody has met this Gulen dude,” she said. “I don’t ask our employees if they’re Democrat or Republican or what religion they are. That’s protected under the Constitution. I don’t ask if they believe in the Gulen movement. I don’t ask because I don’t care. It’s none of my business.”

Fulton schools and the State Board of Education rejected the 10-year-old school’s application for a renewal of its charter. The school asked for a 10-year renewal and was instead offered three years but declined to accept.

The academy, which previously had about 500 students, will convert to a tuition-based school July 1. The academy has a record of high academic achievement. It was one of seven Georgia schools designated as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Auditors found that FSA spent about $75,000 in immigration services for employees and their families. Lassetter said it’s common business practice to pay for an employee’s visa and moving expenses. One of the reasons Fulton denied the school’s charter was because of concerns that FSA employees were also on the board of the Grace Institute for Educational Research and Resources Inc., which did business with the school, creating a conflict of interest.

The FSA officials in question have since resigned from the board of Grace. Grace is the only company that produces a software program that shares classroom worksheets, text books and letters home with students, parents and teachers, Lassetter said.

The school did, in fact, hire a handful of Turkish companies that worked at an “incredibly cheap” rate creating software, she said, adding that the vendor process was fair. The school contracts with hundreds of vendors, of which only five are run by Turks, she said.

The audit said adults did not appear to pay their own airfare when students were taken on field trips to Turkey in 2011 and 2012. The audit also found that school officials did not conduct background checks on chaperones. The adults’ trip was separate from the students’ trip, Lassetter said, therefore they didn’t need background checks. Their trip was combined with that of the students to get cheaper airfare rates. The school didn’t pay for anybody’s trips, Lasseter said.

Here is the response from the Fulton Science Academy Middle School to the audit released Tuesday by the Fulton Schools:

The Fulton Science Academy received the report of the consultant for the Fulton County School System for the first time yesterday. It is important to note at the outset that this report is not an audit under Generally Accepted Auditing Principles (GAAP), and as noted in the report, it does not express any opinions on FSA’s compliance with relevant laws, rules, guidelines or guidance.

Even with these significant limitations, the public should know that the report contains multiple inaccuracies, and in part, concerns operational matters that FSA and the School System have previously addressed to the satisfaction of the School System. We intend to provide a more formal response to the School System on the major issues in the near future. We are particularly disappointed that the School System did not provide FSA an opportunity to review or comment on the report before publicly releasing it.

If it had done so, as set forth in its own audit procedures, we believe that many, if not most, of the points outlined in the report would not have been an issue at all. For now, the public should be aware that FSA has been audited nine times over the past 10 years by independent auditing firms. Each of those audits, which are publicly available, reflects that the financial statements of the school were fairly stated in all material respects.

As a Fulton County charter school for 10 years, FSA and its students have achieved tremendous results. FSA is the only National Blue Ribbon Charter School in Georgia. There has never been a finding of impropriety by FSA in all the years of its operation.

Needless to say, FSA is distressed by the School System’s consultant’s incomplete and inaccurate report. We do intend to provide a more formal response to the School System, after we have had a chance to review and analyze the report in more detail.

Finally, we ask that the media respect the privacy of the individual students and parents that are identified in the report, as their identities should never have been disclosed to the public.

In the meantime, we continue to work cooperatively with the School System in winding up the affairs of the school.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

41 comments Add your comment

catlady

June 6th, 2012
4:47 pm

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

Attentive Parent

June 6th, 2012
5:01 pm

I don’t know about you catlady but all these ad hominem attacks are very troubling.

Basically all these posts and the hurry to get them up and the timing with the charter going operational and the 180 degree difference between avossa’s model of a charter and student centered learning and a vocational, transformational outcomes based education approach for the district. Vs the instructional model FSA used and had good results with makes this look to me like it is a dispute over what could go on instructionally in the Fulton schools.

But acknowledging that publicly would be bad PR. So there was a hurry to create smoke out of maybe carelessness and ethnicity and references to Turkish schools. Then later when there is no fire, people will only remember that there was supposed to be smoke.

FSA’s instructional and classroom model would have served as a beacon to other Fulton schools being pushed away from subject content and any significant transmission of knowledge. Just like North Fulton acted as a beacon for years for Atlanta parents wishing to flee their system.

That charter’s language basically takes Bev Hall’s long-sought dream of where she was taking APS and makes it operational. There are to be no more islands of genuine academic excellence in the metro Atlanta area. At least not for long.

So sad. But at least we will recognize what is being done to our children while it is happening.

TimeOut

June 6th, 2012
5:11 pm

How much power and control do Turkish nationals have over this school? Do the parameters of an official audit address all of the concerns that taxpayers would have about the business management of this institution? If this is a ’smoke and mirrors’ ploy, where are the responses to the specific allegations? I don’t see specific responses. I see more ’smoke and mirrors’ in the response. While we all want a better education for our children than APS provides district-wide, that does not mean that the alleged abuses are acceptable.

Atlanta Mom

June 6th, 2012
5:14 pm

Perhaps if the school had cooperated with the auditors, there wouldn’t be so many “inaccuracies”.

ELK

June 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

This addresses nothing. “near future”? Stalling again just like they did with the auditors to begin with. When will they learn?

Marney

June 6th, 2012
5:41 pm

They had a blanket waiver in their old charter. Do you know what that means? Well it used to mean something, but now it means nothing at all. And apparently having the best math and science scores in the state will not save them from falling into the abyss between the old and new expectations.

I don’t like “friends and family”, but can we admit that their friends and family can at least do math a bit better than the ones in Dekalb?

alpharetta mom

June 6th, 2012
5:50 pm

Surprised they haven’t been summoned back to the fathership or hired a better PR person at this point. Yes, the taxpayers have been paying for that also. When challenged – lie, if that doesn’t work pretend you don’t understand the question, if that doesn’t work, stall. Cruel? Disrespectful? No – accurate.

MB

June 6th, 2012
5:56 pm

And like they stalled with Fulton in the fall, and the state DOE in the spring, One blatant “smoke and mirror” component in their response is that they are the only National Blue Ribbon Charter School in Georgia. It is a significant award BUT there are a number of NBR public schools in the area and FSAMS’s NBR status was based on high achievement (student test scores). My guess is, given the strength of the schools (and socio-economic status) in the 6th District (Dunwoody, North Fulton, East Cobb, and Cherokee), most schools nominated from this area will receive the award based on high achievement. Refer to this document and you will see a number of schools on the 2003 – present list from this district (e.g., Webb Bridge MS, Vanderlyn ES, Sequoyah HS, River Trail MS, Mountain Park ES, Milton HS, Walton HS, Etowah HS, Dickerson MS, …) So I’d say FSAMS reflects the community it serves, much as these do. (Or are these other schools also doing well with their students… pick your plank, lol.) http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/list-2003.pdf

ELK

June 6th, 2012
6:00 pm

This is the best they can do after 24 hours? Perhaps phone, cell service and Internet is interrupted to the Poconos, though I’ve seen no news of such a thing. Maybe they’re on one of their taxpayer paid trips to Turkey.

MB

June 6th, 2012
6:13 pm

2010-11 Percentage of Students Meeting and Exceeding Standards:

FSAMS 506 students 98.27%.
River Trail MS 1488 students 97.75%
Hopewell MS 1185 students 95.74%
Northwestern MS 1263 students 97.21%
Webb Bridge MS 1332 students 96.86%.
Autrey Mill MS 1315 students 97.89%.

So they have the “highest test scores in the state,” but look how close their neighbor schools are – and those schools have to take -and test – all of the students in their catchment areas. Unlike the charters, from which parents may decide to withdraw their students to return to their home public school…apples vs apples?

MB

June 6th, 2012
6:14 pm

Sandy Springs Parent

June 6th, 2012
6:57 pm

To the naysayers, just look at the links that have been posted on some of the previous blogs. These schools in other States, were cited by State authorities for violating the use of state educational funds by using them for Immigration legal fees and Visa costs for employees and their spouse. State by State by State, they were told that they were not a legal use of state educational funds. There is also, information that shows that they have some of the same people that they have on the schools here listed on applications for Charter’s in other states. For example, the Tidewater Charter, they are trying to get in Virgina. They have been sued for discriminating against employees and non-Turkish teachers. They settled the cases. They have not paid non-Turkish subcontractor’s on School building projects in Texas. See Johnson case in Texas. They start their own Construction Company to do the work, and then sub-out all of the work. To be considered a General Contractor you are technically suppose to do 20% of the work. They have a 1 man firm than had no relevant experience in the US construction industry.

I as a Fulton County Tax Payer who just got a $7,000+ tax bill am glad that Robt. Avossa has come in and is doing these Audits. He is not letting these schools float on the Scores and Rankings. He took on the powerful Riverwood crowd first. Some of the “powerful” parents did not like it when Eddie the Principal was gone for misappropriating funds. I was one of the parents who sent an e-mail to Dr. A, telling him to look at the Athletic Director and some of the Coaches. I told him via e-mail that in my 15 years of working concession stands for my child, through various sports teams from pee wee on up. At Riverwood there was no count of the money in or out, no inventory of the money. The Principal also would not do anything when parents complained enmass about the AD and the coaches. It was then that several of us parent’s knew that the abusive AD and the coaches had something on the Principal. It turned out they did. Dr. A, also then got the AD to resign for financial mismangement as well. He copped to taking the concessions cash box home over the weekends, and having checks for the field rental made out to them. The audit showed something like $17,000 of missing gate receipts.

Just like in this case, with Riverwood their were board parents who stuck by the Principal, AD and Coaches. They sent out defaming letters against those of us that went too Dr. A and were right. They even had their children text our children and threaten them, that life would be difficult for them. Funny thing was all of these letters and e-mails were written in the same hand, that of the AD. When some of the supporters tried to write their own, they were just druken rants that were too funny.

Dr. A, needs to be commended. He probably needs to do a forensic audit of each school and the main office. It would probaly be a good idea for every school district to do the same thing. To me $35K is a good value. It is the School taxes of about 5-7 Sandy Springs or North Fulton homes.

TAX PAYER AND PARENT

June 6th, 2012
7:36 pm

@TIME OUT the school is not prepairing the responses to this report. Funny the school did not get a copy of the audit but the media did. I wonder if the media will fully post their response.

@MB get all the cost (Admin, and building cost) to opertate these other schools per student and
compair.. Yes FSA not only beat the CRT, but ITBS, SAT and at a much lower cost to the tax payer..
Your right its not apples to apples.. it unfair to judge these shools that cost more to operate that almost produce this level..Also how many of these have done it year after year? Also how many is a National Blue Ribbon School? . I also noticed you did not show the other MS in the same area like Holcombe Bridge… hum apples to prunes is more of the comparison.

@SandySprings.. what wrong with spending a little $75K over 10 years to = $7,500 per year to bring exclence in education… My busines brings that $75k in taxes to State of GA every month.. I want great schools.

@Trukish comments… just bring this up makes most of you Bigots… Bigotry is the state of mind of a “bigot”, a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one who exhibits intolerance or animosity toward members of a group.[1] Bigotry may be based on real or perceived characteristics, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, region, language, religious or spiritual belief, personal habits, political alignment, age, economic status or disability. Bigotry is sometimes developed into an ideology or world view.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. described bigots with the following quote: “The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.”[2]

Prof

June 6th, 2012
7:39 pm

I have read the AJC’s article today about the 130+ schools in this country affiliated with the Gulen Movement, and I’ve read the specifics in the audit of this particular school, the FSAMS. Turkey apparently is raking in a lot of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars through these schools that mostly hire Turkish nationals, mostly do business with Turkish businesses, and so on.

And I am wondering if there is some larger goal than simply benefiting the Turkish treasury. I have done some preliminary checking, and there seem possible connections between the Gulenist Movement and the Palestinian Movement. The official website devoted to “understanding and respect” for Fethulah Gulen has a long 2009 article of praise for Turkish NGOs that collaborate to help Palestinians in Gaza. Recently, the Gulenist Movement has contributed to Hamas through one of its charities.

There may be more, but I didn’t have the stomach for it. I suggest that the AJC might wish to follow this up.

crankee-yankee

June 6th, 2012
7:44 pm

These guys are laying smoke while they duck for cover.
I posit that the previous audits were “incomplete” and only now, after a forensic audit have the worms been exposed.
I’m curious as to the enrollment numbers they will have next year as a private school, if they are still here.
Any school can have high scores if they get to cherry-pick their kids so that really does not impress me.
How many SPED kids did they have? EBD’s? etc?
Populate the charter school the same as the ones you are pulling from & put up those high scores and you will get my attention.
And what is to say those test results are truly reflective of the kids’ work when at least one report claims the answer sheets disappeared with one of the administrators for an unspecified amount of time?
When caught with one’s hand in the cookie jar, deflect, deflect, deflect…
Next they’ll pull out their version of the “race card.”

crankee-yankee

June 6th, 2012
7:47 pm

Ah, I spoke too late. One of their bloggers just played the “bigot” card!

Attentive Parent

June 6th, 2012
7:59 pm

I have never seen anything like this lynching attempt so I did a search and Gulan exists but it is also a charge being brought to shut down high performing math and science charters.

If you want to use public charters to make up your own rules to destroy academics, you grab for every means of tainting possible.

Don’t you realize legitimate problems simply do not get handled in this manner?

Sandy Springs Parent-good to know you are such a fan of Bobs. He is certainly using Riverwood to pilot ideas that have been hugely controversial for decades.

And that has nothing to do with who was right or wrong on the principal or AD. Clearly bad practices were occurring.

And by the way you came across as an insufferable twit in your homage to his grace lord super.

He does appreciate your homage and recognition of his position in the hierarchy.

seminole

June 6th, 2012
8:49 pm

@ Taxpayer & Parent –

Easy to beat the test scores at Holcomb Bridge MS when you are allowed to cherry-pick your students. How many ESOL students did FSA serve? Because Holcomb Bridge MS serves many, many students that are new English speakers. How many students with disabilities at FSA?!!

And as far as costs per student, because FSA turned away students wih disabilities (thus, not having to provide special education services), of course it costs less per student. Do you have any idea how much it costs to educate students with special needs?

Neighborhood schools in Fulton who accept all students, regardless of ability, should be commended for their successes.

Their is absolutely no evidence that the FSA students would have performed worse on standardized tests if they had attended their neighborhood schools (yes, even Holcomb Bridge has wonderful, smart students). Bright, motivated students with supportive parents can succeed almost anywhere.

Prof

June 6th, 2012
8:53 pm

I too did a Google search on the Gulen Movement of Turkey. I suggest Googling “Gulen Movement and Hamas” to find some thought-provoking materials suggesting that their charter schools may only be a cover for something else. One such link is aimed at charter school advocates:
turkishinvitations.weebly.com/gulen-kimse-yok-mu-and-hamas.html.

Prof

June 6th, 2012
9:10 pm

Prof

June 6th, 2012
9:15 pm

Well, the link DID exist…I just read it. But Google anyway.

Attentive Parent

June 6th, 2012
9:20 pm

Prof-I don’t doubt that you found that but I went back many pages and watched the timing of the posts and the variation of the sites.

Whatever the actual truth is, it has become a bloody sleeve to wave as well.

I think it may be partly a struggle over what a charter can be and do. I had looked into that a few weeks ago and this fits with that dispute.

All this posts create the effect of shutting down legitimate discussion.

That is usually done because emotional arousal is a better fit than facts and logic.

Maureen Downey

June 6th, 2012
9:23 pm

@Taxpayer, I published the entire statement from the school. I also asked the principal if he would agree to a Q&A, and he told me, “I would love to answer your questions and clarify things. However, we still wish to address these concerns in its entirety. It will take some more time. Currently we are working our response to Fulton County. As soon as it is available, it will be made public. I hope you understand. ”
When I get it, I will immediately share it.
The AJC also now has an interview with a parent leader:
http://www.ajc.com/news/fulton-science-academy-officials-1453607.html
Maureen

crankee-yankee

June 6th, 2012
9:55 pm

to seminole

I suspect this “TAXPAYER & PARENT” is a FSAMS plant. Maureen may have a better clue as to that. If so, I will stand corrected if proven wrong.
But, look closely at the wording in the post.

TimeOut

June 6th, 2012
10:13 pm

Crankee-yankee, I agree with your suspicion. Review the ‘taxpayer and parent’ post. The poor spelling, the attempt at using the race card, and the overall poorly written quality of the post give rise to serious doubts about its authenticity. No matter how well the Turks may instruct in any subject, it is not appropriate for the citizens of another nation to run our schools at our expense. We are supposed to be preparing individuals capable of critical thought, with a commitment to function as members of a participatory democracy. Maybe our own citizens are doing this now. That does not mean we should out-source education to another country’s citizens at taxpayers’ expense. We need quite badly, transparency in government expenditures. Perhaps we need volunteer auditors from among stakeholders, who sign an oath not to use information access for personal gain upon penalty of incarceration and heavy fines. We need to do something.

Atlanta Mom

June 6th, 2012
10:45 pm

For inquirying minds, percentage information for FSA middle school/district
Students with disabilites 6/ 10
LEP 2/7
Free and reduced lunch 6/44

Atlanta Mom

June 6th, 2012
10:46 pm

Former FSA teachers

June 6th, 2012
11:06 pm

At taXpayer & parent…the 75K is a big deal because why pay thousands to bring people ocer when Americans need jobs!! The Turkish were not netter teachers….they were the worst ones in the school with poor classroom management. They dis nothing but five packets for students to complete. They always taughr rhe gifted and higher level classes….why?? Those are the kids that can,self teach. Turks never taught the lower classes.

Former FSA teachers

June 6th, 2012
11:17 pm

Not sure where you people get your info but stuxents were not cherry picked or turned away for being sped. They may not have had tgeir needs met bit they were npt turned away. Everything that has come to light sickens me but i will speak the truth…fsa has a true lottery where they draw names for students who have applied. I have seen it done and they do not cherry pick.

A reader

June 7th, 2012
12:58 am

@ TAX PAYER AND PARENT,

No FSA did NOT beat other schools in the area on SAT. And I am talking about FSA high school because SAT does not really apply to middle schools. The high school’s SAT scores are average — about the same as the average Fulton County and Georgia state scores

in 2011, FSA HS SAT average score was 1572, lower than EVERY North Fulton HS except North Springs. Compare that the Northview (1751), Chattahoochee (1694), and Alpharetta (1679).

In addition, FSA MS can claim that they had the highest ITBS scores, but not all students in the public middle schools even take that test! They have lower score on CRCT than many of the other middle schools in North Fulton.

High test scores only go so far. Hell, look at the rising test scores within APS, which turned out to be totally bogus.

Your arguments do not stand. Know you facts before you post.

Atlanta Mom

June 7th, 2012
8:04 am

Former FSA teachers
The mere fact that it is a STEM school makes the students self selecting. You may have a lottery to get in, but how many students with disabilities applied for that lottery?

Tom Deeb

June 7th, 2012
12:25 pm

As far as disabilities go there are quite a few who were at the school. And by the way when over 1000 students apply for a school it is not about STEM it is about the desire for parents to have a high quality education.

American Teacher

June 7th, 2012
5:52 pm

I wonder if Tom would allow a third party to audit those inflated waiting lists? The most prestigious Ivy League Colleges in the USA don’t have those kind of waiting lists. The Gulenists boast about these “so – called” waiting lists and inflate them every time they speak. On “60 minutes” they stated they had a humorous “30,000 waiting list” yet everytime someone tries to vet those, the schools say it is “personal information”
They know how to market themselves and create a sense of urgency.

The only problem is, it is too late the school is done as a public school. Tom, Angela and the rest of the crew should plan for their private school away from any public funds. They also need to arrange a payment to reimburse on the default loans.

Denying the audit, and becoming accusatory will not change the fact, the audit was complete and handled professionally. The time to have been cooperative was when the audit was being compiled. After the fact protests is of no value to anyone particularly the sagging reputation of the school.

Next, they will say the NY Times article was a lie too.
and in fact if 1000 students applied to the school then the private school format should be successful for Fulton Science Academy.

Appreciative FSA Parent

June 7th, 2012
6:24 pm

@seminole: From my response to you in the “audit” story comments, for the benefit of readers here. You said there (similar to your statements here):
“I know first-hand that at the elementary sister school, students with IEPs already in place
(i.e., students already identified as having a disability) are not accepted – the students that
do receive services in special education were already enrolled prior to a disability being
discovered.”

Your point remains completely untrue. My own son came to Fulton Sunshine with an IEP, as did a number of his classmates. As a charter school, FSA accepts all students who win a space in the open lottery, and serve their individual educational needs just as a zoned school would. We have been completely satisfied with the SpecEd services he has received there, and he has flourished.

But of course, it’s FSA we’re talking about, so why let the facts get in the way of a good story? ;-)

Appreciative FSA Parent

June 7th, 2012
6:28 pm

@Atlanta Mom: We certainly did. Having an IEP and wanting a high quality education are not mutually exclusive. We were very satisfied with the services our child received, and he flourished.

Back to private school

June 10th, 2012
12:38 pm

Crankee Yankee. I am not sure about the number of Kids who are SPED and EBD kids are in the school. Does severe ADHD and legally blind count. Then I know a couple.

I applaud your defense of Holcombe Bridge and I hope you are an involved parent. Schools need vocal and supportive parents.

I must admit that we are zoned for Holcombe Bridge. So are many of the kids we know at FSA MS. Many of the parents opted out of their zoned schools because our kids are straight up Nerds. At FSA MS they were allowed to fully indulge in their quirky full on Academic behavior and not be embarrassed, harassed or bullied. The FSA MS and FSA ES students have lots of stories about bullying where they came from.

We are lucky enough to go back to the private school we came from. I wish all of the FSA kids and parents a safe landing at your new schools.

Patrick

June 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

Bible says: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
We need great schools, educated kids for a better world. My tax money needs to go to better education. Teachers can be Italian, Russian, Mexican, Turkish or robots; LOL. FSA Middle School was one of the best 10 schools in the State of Georgia. FSA Middle School was not a private or magnet school. It is the only school from Fulton County Middle Schools in Top Georgia Middle Schools. Fulton County School Board should be proud of this!
Check out the information on this link:
http://www.schooldigger.com/go/GA/schoolrank.aspx?pagetype=top10&level=2

Prof

June 10th, 2012
5:40 pm

@ Patrick. I guess you haven’t read the earlier posts from June 6 ahead of you on this blog-thread: TimeOut, 5:11, 10:13; MB, 5:56 pm, 6:13 pm; crankee_yankee, 7:44 pm; seminole, 8:49 pm; and Atlanta Mom, 10:45. All answer what you say above.

I will simply add that it is against federal law to bring in foreign workers for jobs that American workers can perform equally well; and right now Georgia has plenty of well-qualified middle school teachers who have been laid off.

crankee-yankee

June 11th, 2012
7:18 pm

Back to private school
June 10th, 2012
12:38 pm

Yes ADHD & blind would count. I dated myself by using an old acronym for SPecial EDucation (SPED), it covers all disabilities.
The DOE report on FSA indicates a very low number of SPED students in the school compared to the surrounding schools, that was my point.
Yes, I am an involved parent/teacher, but not in Fulton, however, I interject myself when I think I see misrepresentations being made based on what I call the “cardiac approach” to education.

“I don’t have the data to prove it but I know in my heart it is the right thing to do.”

This cuts both ways, the people who support public education as well as those who denigrate it. Decisions should be made based on empirical data, not emotions.

Patrick Schowsky

June 13th, 2012
12:19 am

@ Prof. Please don’t forget that differences make us powerful. Immigration of other cultures to the U.S. makes us stronger. Albert Einstein was spending seven months a year in Berlin, five months at Princeton. After 1932 he moved to U.S. And did you know that international students and their dependents contributed $20.23 billion to the U.S. economy! Don’t get me wrong but competition is a good thing; jealousy is not. Good teachers will find jobs; I am not worrying about that.
I am very happy that 44 Universities in Top 100 is from USA (BBC News) and I believe there are remarkable programmers and scientists in this great country. But according to you; Bill Gates made a huge mistake too. This is what Bill Gates said “”We have done an incredible job of taking the features of new technology to 1 billion people,” he said. “But now we have to work on taking them to the 5 billion out there who need to be included…That’s the reason I want to reach out to Indian software developers who can bring down the cost of these products, not only for the growing market here, but for the global market as well.”
I don’t think that America doesn’t have well-qualified programmers. But you will be shocked if you make a research about the number of the foreign programmers in the U.S.
To sum up Bill Gates is a great American citizen and he hasn’t done anything wrong. And he is not against federal law to bring in foreign workers for jobs that American workers can perform equally well. FSA Middle School is a great school with teachers from other countries. FSA Middle School is not against federal law to bring in foreign workers for jobs that American workers can perform equally well.
We are talking about competition for success. And this is a good thing!

William Lydick

June 13th, 2012
4:03 pm

America is a melting pot and full of successful immigrant. Schools seem very successful, if there is inaccuracies then school should be penalized. However, parents and students should not be punished. If school can be Blue Ribbon School with Turkish immigrants or teachers, we should advise other school to import from Turkey as well.