Tag Archives: Ben Chavis

AIMS community members hold posters and flyers to show their support for the schools during a March 20 OUSD meeting.

Awaiting a charter appeal, AIMS community finishes school year, uncertain of the future

The American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) community is counting down until the last day of school, June 30, which could be the last day of classes for the controversial three-school charter organization.
Board meeting attendees listen to former AIMS site administrator Jennifer Avelino during Sunday's board meeting. Avelino was fired Friday.

AIMS board members fire director; board president resigns

During a volatile meeting of the American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) board Friday, the board members lost two of the schools’ most fierce defenders: AIMS Director Sylvester Hodges was fired during a closed session, and...
AIMS students sit on the floor of the La Escuelita gymnasium holding posters and waiting for the OUSD board vote.

OUSD votes to revoke American Indian Model Schools charters

At a long-awaited special school board meeting, and after over six months of hearings and notices, Oakland Unified School District board members voted to revoke the three American Indian Model Schools’ (AIMS) charters. The 4-3...
Karely Ordaz, left, talks to students in her tutoring program, Golden Eagles, at AIPCS II.

An AIMS graduate returns to help her school through challenging times

Karely Ordaz remembers the first time she realized that good grades had good consequences. She was an eighth grader at Oakland Charter Academy and she had just found out that she was one of ten...
Interim AIMS executive director Sylvester Hodges addresses the OUSD board at the public hearing Wednesday. Photo by Lauren Kawana.

AIMS community to OUSD: Please don’t close our schools

About three dozen American Indian Model Schools (AIMS) students and parents took turns Wednesday, each speaking for one minute, hoping to convince the Oakland school board that their three schools shouldn’t be shut down. The...
Concerned parents crowd an upstairs room at the Paul Robeson building and watch the proceedings of the September 27, 2012 OUSD meeting, during which AIMS was formally given a notice of violations. Photo by Lauren Kawana.

OUSD starts process of revoking three AIMS schools’ charters

American Indian Model Schools founder Ben Chavis said Tuesday that the Oakland Unified School District’s recent decision to start the process of revoking the three AIM Schools’ charters is unfair and based on biases. “OUSD...
AIMS board chairperson Jean Martinez looks on as attorney Paul Minney addresses the OUSD board at the Sept. 27 board meeting. Photo by Lauren Kawana.

American Indian Model Schools file response to allegations of financial, organizational misconduct

Administrators at the American Indian Model Schools—a set of three Oakland charter schools, two middle schools and one high school—responded late Monday night to a 1,080-page notice of violations given to them by the Oakland...