Garcia’s First Half Charter School Money

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Campaign disclosure statements for the first half of 2012 are now online, providing information on contributions for the two LAUSD board members next up for re-election.  Steve Zimmer‘s fundraising appears not to have really begun in earnest (he’s raised less than $10,000. However, Board President Monica Garcia (pictured) has raised a hefty $100,000, about half of which comes via donations of $1,000, the maximum amount allowed. And, as you can see from the partial list below the fold, Garcia has received at least 30 checks worth $9,400 from charter school operators and employees.

All this is perfectly legal. It is, however, another example of something you see time and again in politics – elected officials receiving contributions from industries they are charged with regulating. Charter schools must be re-approved every five years. The superintendent’s office makes a recommendation but the ultimate decision lies with the board and politics can sometimes intervene to save an underperforming school.

Here are list of charter school employed contributors– at least the ones that I recognized — including $1,450 from Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Pacoima and $3,200 (including three maxed-out checks) from Celerity Educational Group, which runs seven charters. I may have missed a few.

Contributor First Name Last Name Title Employer Amount
Daniel Liam Mennis CIO Alliance for College Ready Public Schools

100

Clarence Miller Principal Alliance

100

Ena Lavan Supervisor Alliance College Ready Public Schools

100

David Hyun CFO Alliance for College Ready Public Schools

100

Howard Lappin Principal Alliance for College Ready Public Schools

100

Judy Ivie Burton Ramirez CEO Alliance for College Ready Public Schools

300

Ana F. Ponce Educator Camino Nuevo

250

Craig Knotts Director of School Services Celerity Education Group

1000

Vielka McFarlane CEO Celerity Education Group

1000

Miguel Portillo Director of Operations Celerity Education Group

1000

Grace SW Kim Canada Director, School Services Celerity Educational Group

100

Celesta E. Deter Educator Celerity Educational Group

100

J. Kristean Dragon CEO Citizens of the World

100

David Riddick Director Fenton Charter Public Schools

250

Irene Sumida School Administrator Fenton Charter Public Schools

250

Marco Petruzzi Executive Green Dot Public Schools

250

Erica Gonzalez Director Green Dot Public Schools

250

Marcia Aaron Executive Director KIPPLA Schools

1000

Roger A. Lowenstein Educator LA Leadership Academy

250

Alissa B. Goler Chariton Educator Larchmont Charter School

100

Sylvia G. Fajardo Executive Director Pacoima Charter School

250

Martine Singer President & CEO Para Los Ninos

250

Vahe A. Markarian Administrator Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

500

Gerardo Felix Educator Semillas Community Schools

250

Yvonne Chan Principal Vaughn

250

Anarosa Estevez Administrator Vaughn

250

Suzanne N. Llamas Administrator Vaughn

250

Roxane M. Romero Personal Coordinator Vaughn

200

Anita M. Zepeda Executive Director Vaughn

250

Brent Wozniak Coordinator Vaughn Charter

250