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A Tale of Two LLCs (and One Brown University Institute): Fronting the Causes, Burying-Moving-Renaming-Abandoning/Reinstating-Geographically Dispersing and Building Umbrella Organizations (a.k.a. Shelters) for the Networks’ Actual Fiscal Identities and Relationships

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A Tale of Two LLCs (and One Brown University Institute): Fronting the Causes, Burying-Moving-Renaming-Abandoning/Reinstating-Geographically Dispersing and Building Umbrella Organizations (a.k.a. Shelters) for the Networks’ Actual Fiscal Identities and Relationships (post title with case-sensitive short-link ending “-5gG”).

This post was drafted (Late Dec. 2016) after I’d discovered the Rhode Island (Brown University-related nonprofit) component which prompted the sarcastic but accurate title.  I BELIEVE THE RECORD SHOULD SHOCK ANYONE OF NORMAL SENSIBILITY (ETHICS) AND WILL ALERT THE PUBLIC TO WHO AND WHAT IT’S DEALING WITH WHEN ANY OF THESE INVOLVED NONPROFITS, PARTNERSHIPS, NETWORKS OR WELL-KNOWN PROFESSIONALS (not to mention sponsoring foundations’ leadership) PROMOTES ANSWERS OR SOLUTIONS TO KNOWN EDUCATION CRISES IN THE URBAN SCHOOLS.  WAKE UP!!  

SINCERE EXPRESSIONS OF CONCERNS ABOUT WELL-KNOWN SOCIAL PROBLEMS DO NOT EXCUSE UNETHICAL AND AT TIMES ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR WITH AN OBVIOUS  “FOR-PRIVATE-PROFIT” (AND POSITIVE PRESS) MOTIVE IN INSISTING THESE PRACTICES GO NATIONWIDE, PRIMARILY UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE SAME PRIVATE TAX-EXEMPT FOUNDATIONS’ (plural) WEALTH (BACKED BY CORPORATE WEALTH), PARTNERING WITH PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE SCHOOLS, ALREADY NOTABLE FOR SELLING NEED AND NOT EXACTLY ADVERTISING WHERE THEIR OWN FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (AUDITED!) MAY BE FOUND AND READ. THE CONTROL is THROUGH CONVENING, FUNDING, and DEVELOPING the NETWORKED TAX-EXEMPTS, etc.

WHO IS MONITORING INDIVIDUALLY, or COLLECTIVELY, each network, and each networks’ financial activities?  These are set up so as to avoid such monitoring by widely distributing funding and responsibility throughout the network, then (predictably) citing the various networks, or common leadership favorably on each other’s websites.  Public officials (“civil servants”) are also often involved in board leadership.  Placement at prominent universities (such as Brown — not the only one) also discourages criticism and hinders follow-up financial accountability.


The Brown University connection has at least two major founding components. One is The Annenberg Institute for School Reform itself (“AISR”), habitually described as an “organization” (but if so, where is it on the R.I. list of corporations, and if it’s a nonprofit, what is its EIN#?  Is it somehow exempt from filing tax returns so we may follow the funding and redistribution of efforts to transform the operating paradigm of the nation’s schools?)##  The other is the nonprofit Coalition for Essential Schools, Inc.,(“CES”) formed 1998 in Rhode Island and spawning more networks (organized regionally a few named after their states) by the founder (?) of the Institute.

~~~In addition, board members of one or both are typically involved in other significant, similarly-purposed foundations or nonprofits, often functioning also as networks (such as Public Education Network (“PEN, Inc.”)**  or — found in Ohio — the evanescent “Forum for Education and Democracy, Inc.” and its “developing” nonprofit “Common Ground Foundation,” which I discovered and referenced briefly on the post named in the next paragraph (waiting to be published in association with this one)).  Board members in common, or board members moving from one to another also occurs.

**A Public Education Network person (Wendy Puriefoy) was found on the AISR board.##  PEN member organizations (link above is from “Issuelab” and displays 75 members) include the San Francisco Education Fund (“SF EdFund.org”) which comes up in this post also.  If you look (PEN link again) on the right side, there’s an article under “VUE” image, featuring the Annenberg Institute for School Reform working alongside PEN.  Clicking on that link, we can see (per “Issuelab”) that AISR co-published with the six (6) following organizations:

CO-PUBLISHING ORGANIZATIONS (6)

This organization has co-published titles with …

You can look these up at 990finder.FoundationCenter.org (or CitizenAudit.org or similar sites).  I JUST DID.  By doing so, I have a quick-look at location, entity age, assets, and (Pt VIII revenues) of any tax return, relative sources of income, government grants vs. private vs. “Program service revenues” and the buying and/or selling of the massive securities most of the above already own.  From looking through Form 990 (IRS filing) tax returns over time, I will also quickly see whether these assets have been increasing substantially in the last two years (because that source produced last 3 years’ results in any search), whether there are similar but not identically-named entities around (and if so, who’s the largest) and legal domicile — by click-through; the State displayed on level one may not be the legal domicile.   These returns sometimes also reveal (on a Schedule R or otherwise in earlier years) related or disregarded entities with leadership and sometimes even real estate (office addresses) or employees in common.

Aspen Institute = Since 1949 – EIN#84-0399006 = Legal Domicile CO (despite “DC” address) = latest Total (Gross) assets $278M, main source or revenues — by far, private.  Substantial increase in assets from prior year = substantial increase in contributions.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation = Since 1998 – EIN# 0407255323  = Legal Domicile MA (It’s in Quincy, MA), Gross Assets over $500M.  It got $25M startup capital in 1998 and is living off this (contributions, nil), and it’s funding some of the other entities, including Annenberg, CCE (above), Great Schools Partnership (shown below) and more.  Latest return showed $19M of grants distributed. Its Total Assets are decreasing year by year recently.

It’s not quite that simple (I did some drill-downs), it involves “Sallie Mae” (SLM Holdings) which represents a privatized government operation originally dealing in federally-guaranteed student loans — bought out Nellie Mae Corporation (which had already created a “secondary market” in the same).

[See Wiki for active links, and further down on it for “controversies”] SLM Corporation (commonly known as Sallie Mae; originally the Student Loan Marketing Association) is a publicly traded U.S.[2] corporation that provides consumer banking. Its nature has changed dramatically since it was set up in 1973. At first, it was a government entity that serviced federal education loans. It then became private and started offering private student loans, although at one point it had a contract to service federal loans. The company’s primary business is originating, servicing, and collecting private education loans. The company also provides college savings tools such as its Upromise Rewards business and online planning for college tools and resources. Sallie Mae previously originated federally guaranteed student loans originated under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).[3] and worked as a servicer and collector of federal student loans on behalf of the Department of Education. The company now offers private education loans and manages more than $12.97 billion in assets. Sallie Mae employs 1,400 individuals at offices across the U.S.[4][5] On April 30, 2014, Sallie Mae spun off its loan servicing operation and most of its loan portfolio into a separate, publicly traded entity called Navient Corporation. Navient is the largest servicer of federal student loans and acts as a collector on behalf of the Department of Education…

This was used (so it’s said) to start up (fund) Nellie Mae Education Foundation in a large way and “free it to do its philanthropy.”  I saw quickly that any startup which about Year 1 gets $25M AND has “$143M” in program services already (??) after which their investment proceeds grow exponentially, has something a little “unique” going on.  There was a Nellie Mae, Inc., but the privately held corporations preceded the public foundation.  And they are dealing with the student loan industry — and the assets (even if in the form of debt) is phenomenal in size, obviously.  Investment Fees and salaries for board members of the nonprofits (who it even says, tend to be board members of those likely to get grants from it, as are the committee who recommends who gets to be on the board …..).

This interesting history goes back to the 1970s and 1980s and crosses major economic changes of those times, some including the word “bailout” and others “privatization” which of course was a primary characteristic of the 1996 Welfare reform act PRWORA.   I expect to post on it soon, in part because the money to fund some of the Northeast region (USA) “redesign the schools” networks  — of course intended to go national, if not digital and distributed-network along proprietary standardized ideas facilitated by smaller (sponsored) nonprofits — if it had federal origins in the first place — that’s public backing originally.

Sallie Mae (after purchasing Nellie Mae Corporation) kept some of the same leadership (such as Lawrence O’Toole) also on the foundation, has had its own controversies since then per the Wiki; and this foundation, while I don’t know if it’s also been controversial, I do know what I just saw on the tax returns (including moving millions of dollars (recent tax return – $94Million) into assets which then were moved to Central American and Caribbean investments (and among the “other Investments or Investments Other Securities, probably more are also offshore) while helping some disadvantaged students — and LOTS of the School Redesign 501©3s

Annenberg Foundation = if you can spell “LARGE” that will do. Heinz Foundation — no doubt the same.   (Any others, you can look up yourself. I know I have started.)

##I did find (while writing this) the corporate filing for AISR, valuable information as that also shows current and (back to only 2006) prior boards of directors, i.e., powerful connections.  I did not, yet, nail down whether it has an EIN# separate from that of Brown University itself, or must file tax returns associated with that EIN# and that business ID.  Screenprints and documentation shown below.  Why it matters:  $50 million dollars is a  lot of money for “startup” (so is the original, $5 million dollars).  Are our public school systems and private universities now just “for sale” to the very highest bidder?  ARE we, that is, is the USA, operating still as a republic, with government “of, by and for the people” and through representation of us WHERE WE LIVE AND WORK, thus helping fund all public schools,  in effect, or not?

However all these organizations may describe and promote themselves, my basic classifications START with, is it: (#1) Organized as a government entity (which is tax-exempt as an entity, regardless of its Revenues to Expenses or Assets to Liabilities status) or (#2) if not government it is by definition organized and/or incorporated as non-government that is, PRIVATE.   Private LLCs and “Inc.”s have to declare a legal domicile, and when regsitered in that legal domicile whether or not they are Stock, or profit — or non-stock, not-for profit, is identified.  So second question/classification for any PRIVATE entity is whether or not it’s  tax-exempt.

Notice above, that the list of co-publishers with the AISR are a looking like tax-exempts,  (anything labeled “Foundation,” will be and I did see the “Center for Collaborative Education is a nonprofit; leaving only two labeled “Institute” or “Program” to categorize.  Put another way, here are two images from ISSUELab (organized by “the Foundation Center”) on PEN (Public Education Network) — one describes it.  The second shows links (with thumbnails and a mini-abstract for each) “PEN” on the left, and on the right, a colorful image labeled “VUE”  (will show up again in this post) and an abstract referencing the AISR at Brown partnering with Pen on a National Commission (etc.).  VUE = Visions for Urban Education.  Brown University is private, and tax-exempt and its return is shown in this post because I was looking for the financials of the AISR “at” Brown University.

Basic principle — look for the financial footprint in a form that can be compared to other entities of similar classifications (private, or government), and which will show (in particular) where the assets are being held and invested while the organization is busy seeking more revenues besides those already available from the investments.  Notice how money is handled, and reporting.  Here, we are talking people that are declaring themselves (and their networks) as “the” problem-solvers for public school, in which the public has already so much invested. How do they report?  DO they report? Are they reliable, ethical, honest, and transparent in deed, or just in self-description?


If the government is to be representative, that, is held accountable, then the finances MUST be available to view by those paying for the services.  When so many obstacles to locating them are placed, while talk of “deficit” and lack abounds, and the benefits of streamlining, standardizing (etc.) and compromising on that balance-of-power governmental model is promoted — nationwide — then that is the underlying issue, not just “effectiveness” of teaching approaches a, b, c, or evidence-based-according-to-entity-XYZ “e.”

There is a back-story to both AISR and CES (the Rhode Island nonprofit), much, with references links, is found on a post I’m now publishing (about three-and-a-half months and a whole lot of lookups on similar situations later). Its name: (1) Fund for Educational Excellence. (2) Foundation for Excellence in Education (or ExcelEd).  (3) Alliance for Excellent Education, and (4) ConnectEd (Note the backers) and I just showed (5) Communities in Schools (Remember the subcontractors). Also Consider (6) Brown University’s AISR ~Smart Education Systems~ based on Ted [Yale, Harvard]+Nancy Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools. (case-sensitive short-link ending in “-6pr”),
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From that post, referencing this one:

Here in this post, I also added a section on a sixth nonprofit (CES, started out of Brown University in 1984, followed by AISR, an Institute named after its well-known benefactor at Brown, started in 1993) on which [I, “Let’s Get Honest”]] had done some previous “drill-downs” (and was appropriately shocked at the corporate filing history), but not, as I recall, posted yet.  This is mentioned here because I feel it significant. It also demonstrates again whose money (such as Walter H. Annenberg of publishing wealth, starting in Philadelphia) is behind some of these reform efforts.

Overall, and sometimes individually (see last post!), these are networks and as nonprofits not necessarily huge (billion-dollar, or hundred-million-dollar) themselves, still have elite and influential backers

I am back here to check on this Dec. 2016 draft and reference it from another extensive section on the AISR/CES/Brown U. situation on the other post.

This situation had gripped my gut on the brazen “in-your-face” flaunting of basic corporate filing rules, and accountability for finances received and (re) distributed while skipping the state [East Coast to West Coast]– then coming back as itself.   The related entities (some of which I’ve also looked at) and boards of directors on similar, or cited by this institute (or its founder in his bio blurb) entities are also engaged in “odd” behavior as nonprofits, I found, between Dec. 2016 and April 2017.

Also meanwhile (between when I first flagged it and now)  the entity (“CES”) I’ve been complaining about on this blog has shut itself down after returning (per IRS returns) from California to Rhode Island entity address, getting another “we’re going to revoke you in 60 days for non-filing!” message after having just recently gotten a special legislative dispensation to avoid penalties and be considered retroactively as if never-revoked despite a baker’s dozen (looks like 13) years of non-filing (if they paid the fees and provided the annual reports — a very simple filing which could easily, for any honest entity, have been mailed in) then moving up to Maine and voting (Feb. 2017 only) to finally dissolve itself.  No, I am not making this up! (will be posted again, below):

CES 2012 REINSTATEMT Waiving All Penalties (for 13 Annual Rpts X20 Dollars fees only!) by Legislative Action (Jan 2012) From CES Filings @ Rh Island (several pages — not just the two images from it shown.  Check it out!)

CES Mar2001 Revocatn CERTIFICATE (1p) from RI (printedApr6 2017)

This is R.I. Business Entity #95304 (or, “000095304” and searchable that it dissolved on 2-21-2017 and its showing an address in Maine (images also shown below on this post):

482 CONGRESS STREET, SUITE 500A PORTLAND, ME 04101 USA, “the Heart of Portland’s financial District“(Loopnet.com has a photo) and where officer/director’s David Ruff has a “Great Schools Partnership, Inc. going (formerly contracted with CES for management services, says one of CES’ tax returns in the waning years).

Great Schools Partnership was formed in 2008 (CES founder Ted Sizer d. 2009), last year Gov’t grants $1M, private $2M+ and “Schools contracts” $947K.  Meanwhile, grants out from the entity were $610K, going in $31K and lesser installments back TO schools for “NextGen … Initiative.”  Looks like some are charter schools.

FY2014, David Ruff was paid $124K + benefits, alongside just one other FT officer (no trustees work more than 1hr/week) paid also over $100K.  Entity started up with $1M funding and Exec Director (Ruff) salary was then only $48K (FY2008 “initial/address change” GSP Tax Return)

Total results: 3. Search Again. (similarly named entity in TN isn’t acting similarly though).

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Great Schools Partnership ME 2015 990 37 $2,562,643.00 26-3834610
Great Schools Partnership ME 2014 990 24 $1,905,627.00 26-3834610
Great Schools Partnership ME 2013 990 23 $1,000,668.00 26-3834610

A bill to forgive CES, a “transform the schools”-nonprofit  (who meanwhile went “AWOL” to California) its 12 years’ non-filing (i.e., “truancy”) and vacate its corporate revocation — if it catches up now and pays the fees (but, no penalties). Meanwhile, separately (not shown here) an nonprofit copying the CES concept formed in Calif in 2005 (SFCESS), didn’t register as a charity until 2010 and in 2011 (when CES had returned to RI as an address) the incorporator of SFCESS (Gregory Peters) is added in 2011 to CES board of directors. Look at the list of years!

(…looks like David Ruff is Exec Dir. — not a board member):

Great Schools Partnership (locale: Maine) Exec Dir David Ruff (viewed 4-2017 from website) still listed as Treasurer? of the recalcitrant (but forgiven by the State of Rhode Island) Coalition for Essential Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK, a bit on Great Schools Partnership, Inc. (Principals, Predecessors, and Public Education Officials On Board)

I saw that the first (before its first Tax Return showing an address change) street address of “Great Schools Partnership” (in Maine) matched a “Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute” (<==I looked at its 2015 return and recent audited financial statements — holding onto $20-$30M assets while donating $1M or so out in scholarships to Maine high school seniors, etc.; it was formed in 1999 (per tax return) or 1995 (per website) when the Senator retired from his more public pursuits.  David Ruff was Marketing for this institute at some point (next image), and the GSP 2008 return (under Pt XI, Adjustments) also shows it received $177K from the institute.  In addition, it had $1)M startup funds.

I see what they are doing, but that would have to be a separate post!  However, it does seem that GSP is an outgrowth of the Sen GeorgeJMitchell….Institute, which in its earliest shown (2002, 2003) returns says that the Maine Community Foundation was a related entity (and had a shared employee).  In addition, a “Duke Albanese” (later found presenting with David Ruff, and I learned “Education Commissioner” for the state) was in 2003 (at least) shown as among the highest-paid (over $50K) contractors, which IRS forms back then required to be listed.  While the main purpose of the SGJMInstitute is declared to be providing scholarships to Maine Seniors to attend college, a secondary purpose (and the grants show this) is transformation of the secondary schools.

In fact, this (From Bancroft & Company, LLC, School Improvement Efforts Under the Radar) (Bancroft being also a board member of GSP) calls the GSP an “affiliate” of the Mitchell Institute. (see the “About” page to realize that: Bancroft comes from a consulting (McKinsey & Company) background, is currently into growth equity investments and “coincidentally” is on the boards of this and yet another school-reform nonprofit in Maine. If you also click below on “Educate Maine” and read about the two principals first listed (J. Duke Albanese and Ron Bancroft) it’s clear that (like Sen. George J. Mitchell) Albanese attended the elite, almost-Ivy, historic (it pre-dates the formation of the State of Maine!) Bowdoin College — which only went co’ed (let the women in) in the 1970s… Kind of like Brown University….).

Ron left McKinsey in the mid-eighties for a simpler life on the coast of Maine, his native state. After several years in which he was a principal in the buyout of a large shipbuilder and the owner of a small wood products company, he established Bancroft & Company as a way to bring the value of his wide range of business experience to smaller companies.

In more than twenty years of strategic work with growth companies in a range of industries, Ron has established several long-term client relationships that have been mutually satisfying. His clients have tended to grow and prosper. They attribute part of that success to Ron’s unique ability to “value add” strategic facilitation to their businesses.  [[LBOs and Turnarounds — that Harvard/Bain/Bridgespan model I’ve been posting on !! Done with companies, why shouldn’t it also be done with schools?]]

At this stage of his career Ron is principally focused on Advisory and Board relationships in the Private Equity field. He is a Strategic Advisor to Industrial Growth Partners, a San Francisco-based firm that specializes in acquiring engineering-driven mid-size manufacturing companies.

In addition to his consulting practice, Ron has long been involved in education reform. He is a founder and former Chairman of both the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, a business/education coalition, and its successor organization, Educate Maine. He also serves on the Board of Great Schools Partnership, a leader in bringing proficiency-based education to New England High Schools.

Leadership and service have been consistent themes throughout Ron’s life. He is an honors graduate of the United States Naval Academy. ===>>>A Rhodes Scholar, Ron earned a Master’s Degree in Politics and Economics from Oxford University. <<===

GSP (Great Schools Partnership) website shows Ron Bancroft as President currently.  The latest tax return (above) is only FY2014, in which he is just a board member. Either way, the officers (not board members/trustees) are the ones paid.  Probably Bancroft is more than independently self-sufficient by now, and doesn’t need salary from this pipsqueak (size-wise) nonprofit…

And, these foundations (the Institute and the Maine Foundation) are obviously, bulking up their assets and paying a significant administrative overhead to their subcontractors or employees (such as investment managers) in the process of tossing some $$ towards some deserving high school seniors.  Or so the tax returns seems to narrate, over time.

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Mitchell Institute ME 2014 990 41 $33,753,595.00 01-0523390
Mitchell Institute ME 2013 990 29 $31,695,095.00 01-0523390
Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute ME 2015 990 41 $35,840,829.00 01-0523390

ShowingD. Ruff association with a pre-existing nonprofit associated with a well-known Senator. See also a New England Secondary School Consortium (“NESSC” -ME, NH, VT, RI, and CT) [run BY GreatSchoolsPartnership and out of the same street address] and pushing of “NextGen” programming (see NGLC which  leads to Educause.edu, behind which find, predictably, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). GSP, meanwhile, has trademarked something called “iWalkthrough.” In general these networks coach and professionally train, technically assist (etc.) SCHOOLS. GSP website explains how Policy, Practice, and Public Perception must all be addressed at once in order for it to succeed (like a Blitzkrieg of School Reform?)

GSP, Inc. a nonprofit gets a trade-marked product: “iWalkthrough.” With, of course, different applications (see image).

“iWalkthrough” applications

I understand that nonprofits focused on particular causes are going to have or certainly can have, boards of directors from many different states.  That’s not the only issue here — the issue is when their filings are not legitimate, and they are intricately involved with major public systems with intent to alter them while such institutions themselves aren’t the most open about their own funding, either.   A major issue here is overall loss of accountability for public funding of the public schools BY the public who (most of us) inhabit them, came through them, or our kids are likely to.  They have been part of the landscape for so long; perhaps our standards of expecting accountability have simply faded?So this post, after a brief insert on the AISR as an institute (not its founding, etc. which is on the other post as a subsection), showing where it is and what it’s doing, I am looking primarily (top part) at a single nonprofit, “Coalition for Essential Schools,” and at its filings.  NOTE: I am not looking at the related (in name, not as identified on tax returns) 501©3s in other places.  There is more than one “Coalition for Essential Schools” when geographic regions or state names are added to the term.  Part of the networking plan was setting these up, in addition to AISR itself also (see other post or their self-reporting) setting up operations in other states also. The target is particularly urban school districts.

990Finder ~Coalitn of Essential Schools~ Namesearch=>Results 1 page only~3 regions, 2 states + home org (2017-04-02 at 7.26PM

 

Not shown from a simple name search are no doubt other entities using the same concept (just as with marriage/fatherhood programming or domestic violence coalitions — the naming conventions of any nonprofit may change, while running same curriculum or operating similar if not identical programs).

I also found a San Francisco Coalition of Essential Schools (website SFCESS.org) formed (incorporated) in 2005, didn’t register til hunted down to do so by the California OAG (in 2010) and it seems, operating out of a street address which is a school building, i.e., a private entity out in public-purpose property.  I didn’t research whether the school owns or is leasing said building, but I did look up its corporate filing (SOS) and at its tax returns, + charitable details** after registering in California (going “legit.”).

**==> SF Coalitn of EssentlSmall Schools (3guys in SF+Berkeley) had to be almost hunted down to register+ are delinquent FOUNDING Dox do not include Founding Dox, EIN# 562544544 Details print.

These foundations were listed as partnering with one of the list below (from Los Angeles):

see “powerfuled.org” “About” page.

Besides sharing boards of directors and ideas, what else do SF CESS and CES (and maybe GSP) have in common?  Well, the CES website calls them “Affiliate Centers” — here’s a list:

(see link. Notice both GSP, Inc. (in Maine) and SFCESS (in California) are on this list. I looked also at the one in Boston (Center for Collaborative…) and will also take a quick look at the one in Southern Calif, whose website said it was started in 2003, but has already changed its name.

 

Formerly, says its footer banner at “powerfuled.org,” “Los Angeles Small Schools Center.” It cites powerful foundation partners, including — remember, readers? — James Irvine Foundation, California Endowment, California Community Foundation, and more…Footer says, started in 2003, but California Sec. of State says (showing the new name, not the old) in 2007.[See “CharitableDetails [Speckled History]” ~ Links will be active!]..

<==[Also in Caption of “Center for Powerful Schools” icon, referring to a Los Angeles Entity which was behaving something like SFCESS. I found discrepancies between reports to the OAG and its IRS filings, as well as having received a grant from Connected: The Center for College and Career” (see my other post) dated before IT registered as a Calif. charity, either… Yegads! Char Details [Speckled History!] for LASCC~CentrForPowerfulSchools (EIN# 260326342 CaEntity (2007) 2995924]

SFCESS — (not the Los Angeles entity referenced in the image below) After not registering for 5 years in a row (until 2010), as can be seen by the date “Jan. 2011” in first several rows of “Schedule” section above, it’s AGAIN delinquent — for not turning in tax returns recently, when turning in their annual required “RRF” (Charitable Registration, with fee and listing of (a) any government grants received, (b) if an audit was done — basically a one-page sheet of Yes/No questions with Header info identifying entity name, its mailing address, three categories of identifying #s (EIN#, Corporate Entity#, Charitable Registry #) and on a single line, its assets and revenues for the years.  This form is to be signed and dated by a responsible officer or director, and mailed in within 4-½ months of fiscal year end, with a sliding-scale fee.For a fiscal year ending June 30, which SFCESS shows, their RRFs would be due mid-November Fiscal year 2005 (its first year) ended 6/30/2006 = RRF was due by 11/15/2006.  Look at the pattern shown on the charitable returns (pdf link above).  In addition to simply not registering OR sending in any RRFs for 5 years, it thereafter continues to send them ALL (but one — year 2010 I think) in two or three seasons (about a half year or more) late, year after year.  And for the last two years shown, not accompanied by a Form 990:

SFCESS It takes the Calif OAG FIVE (5) ltrs to get it to register!

SFCESS Charitable Details (link to multi-page printout above) shows its most recent status still “Delinquent.” Also notice the date “January 2011” on Schedule for turning in documents (sev’l yrs in a row)

SFCESS (more recent filings, “Schedule” section) show an “N” where a “Y” should be for tax return also accompanied the RRF filing. (Notice revenues). Also, late filing of RRFS, and (Related Documents, 1st two rows) show “CT-2010.” CT = Charitable Registration (finally) and 2010 RRF-1 (i.e., the first RRF sent in, looks like!). In the pdf link I provided, the “Related Doc’t” section links should be active (clickable to view contents)

Next comes a substantial section here on SFCESS and three entities it’s partnering with (SFUSD, WestEd (which keeps coming up in these discussions, usually as a subcontractor — but here, as a “partner”), and SF Educational Fund or “SF EdFund.”).  Those three entities are mentioned by SFCESS on its most recent (available) tax return).

AFTER discussing SFUSD (showing some of its revenue sources, with a few images and how it advertises (or rather, doesn’t) its financial statements, I review who/what is the JPA (Joint Powers Agency) WestEd.

WestEd literally doesn’t seem to provide its own comprehensive annual audited financial statements  on its website AT ALL, but I did locate a 1998 OIG Audit of WestEd shortly after it was formed, showing initial practice in administering two MAJOR RELs (Research Education Laboratories) and purchasing and managing a building in Los Alamitos, CA (near Los Angeles) and in San Francisco, shows massive cheating on several fronts.  That is, per the US DOE OIG at the time.  I did locate a proposal (RFP) for someone to produce those statements for 2017, and if all goes well, 2018, and 2019 by WestEd, which characterized its annual revenue as $160 million.

I also found through listening to the “PR rhetoric” on WestEd’s “Wiki,” that it was filing trademarks for the developed products or services, i.e., teaching methods;  A simple search located 21 trademarks filed by WestEd in its, so far, short life.  One of them was shared with a single woman using a dba to imitate being a company (but, it was just a dba), with a B.A. from SF State in “Wisdom and Resiliency,” a Teaching Credential, and several certifications along the lines of executive coaching.  That is shown, leaving a large question mark:  Why did WestEd, recently, decide to start sharing its trademark status and fronting this individual with at best a moderate level of education from a local state school, and not even a legitimate incorporated business to her name?  Or was that the main point?

Then I look at SF EdFund (which was new to me) and discovered that two nonprofits started in 1964 and 1979, respectively did a 2009 merger when one’s assets were around $7 million, and that the originally named “SF EdFund,” being the non-survivor, left behind its old EIN# giving the surviving one (formerly “SF School Volunteers”) the now-unused business name of “San Francisco Educational Fund”). So the EIN track record of the current SFCESS partnership doesn’t pre-date 2009; however as SFCESS started in 2005, who knows whether it maybe dealt with the prior one.

AFTER all that, which takes a while, I then show how SFCESS — with which the above three entities (SFUSD, SF Edfund, and WestEd) gladly formalized partnership/s, at least as of FY2014 — did not register as a California Charity for fully five years after incorporating and beginning to receive assets — in fact, until forced to.   That this just doesn’t seem to faze its new and powerful partners (one of them a JPA even) is a reflection on them also.

I though this might be a simple task, to profile one “SF CESS” entity as a characterization of its program model which seems clearly taken from the Rhode Island-originated “CES” or “Coalition of Essential Schools.”   It was in concept, just long and somewhat tedious to present.  But  — fascinating.

AFTER all this (and written before it) comes my discussion of the AISR (in Rhode Island at Brown University) and, below it, the Rhode-Island initiated (I think!) “CES” both associated with Ted (and Nancy) Sizer.  CES behavior was — if possible — as a reporting entity, even worse, which evidence I have also posted.  

Towards the bottom third? of the post comes the “Two LLCs” (in Midwestern states) material also referenced in the post.  All told, we are looking now at 17,000 words, unless I “export” a section of it.

If you simply read through this post, including most of the annotations on those annotated images (i.e., backup for what I’m saying) I doubt that: school districts, nonprofits, tax-exempt foundations, possibly Ivy League Universities or elected public officials working in or at any of the above may never seem the same again.  

And perhaps a curiosity about the “RELs” (Regional Education Laboratories) run by WestEd — and possibly other Education-related JPAs — I hope will arise to the point of finding financial statements and where USDOE (or NSF, or US HHS) OIG audits exist, reading them.

If so, I’ve done half my job. These are NOT what they are portraying themselves as throughout — problem-solvers.  People lie, organizations may also exaggerate, or cheat, on their tax returns, but putting it together, the “Cold, Hard Facts” have a story to tell.  The other half is, what to do about it, and that I believe is an issue of government financing, i.e., taxation, and whether or not others can tear themselves away from the daily and often disturbing news (Yes, I read it, too!) and take a hard look at this kind of evidence — and “each one teach one” to the point it is collectively understood and evaluated.  

Because without accountability, we have no balance of power between government and those government.  Trust me when I say, don’t wait on your local legislators or legislatures to broach this subject matter!  They want more, better, bigger, and more positive-press-friendly public/private partnerships based on scarcity of public resources.

How about plugging the accountability holes first?  Why shouldn’t delinquent organizations be held accountable to admit they exist, and show their financials?  Why shouldn’t the public have a grasp on the scope of Joint Powers Authorities (and Agencies) and what this does to the relationship between local government (citizens) and federal contracts and grants on major infrastructure projects?

Why should we have, overall, school systems which are “too big to fail” (though they do), war over them along political (Left/Right) lines and no one minding the back office operations in the Regional Education Laboratories?

Stop taking so many public proclamations at face value, i.e., “on faith.”  Start calling enough of them out ,and possibly others will get the message.  I can’t do this alone (or, as a volunteer!).

Thanks for patience and reading tenacity this time

// Let’s Get Honest 4/9/2017


Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools CA 2015 990 26 $386,386.00 56-2544544
San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools CA 2014 990 26 $467,584.00 56-2544544
San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools CA 2013 990 28 $368,725.00 56-2544544

Tax year 2014 (top row) shows $876K Gross Receipts (Header, “G”) and that this was mostly “program service revenues” (Part I, Page 1, Line 9) not contributions.  It also has left the “Principal Officer Name and Address” part of header, blank. It also shows 45 employees, and Total program service expenses (Part IX, “Statement of Expenses,” bottom line) as $876K too. So, one question would be, are those program services revenues coming from public sources, such as the schools?

The leadership is just one Executive Director (only paid officer), who Originally was making $44K and this year was making $116K (+ benefits).  That accounts for some of the $876K expenses, $312K “other salaries” ($312/45 = under $80K average) and what accounts for the rest can be seen from this screenprint from the bottom of “Pt. IX Statement of Expenses” page.

Annotated SFCESS FY2014 Statement of Expenses (bottom of page), Click to read full-sized

 

(From latest SFCESS return on the Foundation Center listing, FY2014):

The Mission of SF-C ESS is to interrupt and transform current and systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed We will achieve our mission by providing coaching, technical assistance and professional development to a network of school communities that share core values in the high-leverage areas of -Powerful and Effective Teaching and Learning-Explicit, Shared and Leveraged Instructional Leadership-Thoughtful School Design and Professional Development-Caring Community Connections for additional Student Support

[That basically describes “Smart Education Systems” from AISR]. Next paragraph: Program Service accomplishments from the same return names two other partnerships:  SF EdFund [a new name to me] and WestEd (I had posted, Nov. 18, 2016, and have still more to post on this — it’s a Joint Powers Agency created from two other public entities, also JPAs…It’s also not described itself accuracy (as to the timeline), and I am still curious where are its financials as a government entity and why they wouldn’t be posted on such an otherwise highly developed (promotional) webiste on who they are and what they do.)  Not to mention also with the SFUSD, i.e., another government entity (San Francisco is unique in being both a City and a County as well as Baltimore and some other urban areas in the country).

(Code ) (Expenses $ 650,412 including grants of $ ) (Revenue $

SF-CESS has solidified its formal partnership with SFUSD, leading Equity-Centered Professional Learning Communities for Middle and High School Principals as well as conducting professional development for the Master Teacher Program and Small Schools by Design As part of a three-year partnership with SF EdFund and WestED, we trained and supported 10 pilot schools to develop Equity-Centered Professional Learning Communities focused on literacy Additionally, SF-CESS serves more than two-dozen SFUSD schools towards their own transformation to equitable and excellent schools

Looking at SFCESS’ three partners in turn:  First, SFUSD.

The SFUSD Is a specialized government entity formed in 1851 called a School District, and here is its latest “CAFR” It is in the category “public” and like other school districts, is a form of government. The concept of “School District” isn’t that unusual, so just a few moments on this one, looking in part for its jurisdiction(s) and of course for its financials (sources of revenues), from its website:

http://www.sfusd.edu/en/about-sfusd/overview.html

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, educating over 57,000 students every year. San Francisco is both a city and a county; therefore, SFUSD administers both the school district and the San Francisco County Office of Education (COE). This makes SFUSD a “single district county.”

SFUSD is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Education. [=SMALL!]

Mission statement

Every day we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

Vision of student success

PieChart of SFUSD Demographics (I believe 2015-2016 yr). Right part references PEEF (Public Education Enrichment Fund).

Every student who attends SFUSD schools will discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose. Each and every student will graduate from high school ready for college and career and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.

Our schools

As of the 2015-16 school year, SFUSD has: (see piechart image).

  • 64 elementary schools (K-5)
  • 8 alternatively configured schools (K-8)
  • 13 middle schools(6-8)
  • 19 high schools (9-12)
  • 16 transitional kindergarten schools
  • 13 active charter schools authorized by the district

I was curious whether the SFUSD pie chart reflected San Francisco in general (school-aged children) or not.   This also 2016 (San Francisco) image from “KidsData.org” (courtesy Lucille Packard Health) must refer to all children under 18 (some obviously, not school-aged yet), but the sectors look different:

(See nearby link) Children (under 18) in SFCounty

2016 KidsCount.org piechart (bar and table formats also available) showing K-12 children enrolled in Public Schools in San Francisco:

SF County Kids in Public School K-12 (from KidsCount.org) for 2016 (see nearby link, above).

I’m not being facetious with the piecharts.  I’ve lived in the region for (over two decades now) and am aware of the “gentrification” issue with SF — housing is HIGH, as is homelessness.  Kidscount showed 125,000 children under 18 (same year) in the county, but SFUSD just said it had only 57,000 children enrolled.  I was curious whether people were moving out once their children could no longer fit in a smaller apartment, or whether there was a “white flight” from the public school system, specifically.  Obviously the city has some high-tech and high-earning workforce (with nearby Silicon Valley also).

Why it matters — when wide-scale and “scale-it-up” proprietary, for-profit (to some!! especially in the fields of training and technical assistance)  teaching experiments (R&D) are being run on public-school-enrolled children, in  a predominantly minority school system, while non-minorities somehow simply get their kids’ behinds out of there, as they perhaps can afford to — or the entire family’s behinds out of the county — because they cannot afford to stay there — what does that say about motives?

Moving on to SFUSD CAFR search (although I linked it above, this is how it had to be searched for on their website), and more info. on its sources of revenue:

Are its comprehensive (versus -single-audit) financial statements freely posted?  (Yes — if you know where to look and scroll down to the very bottom under “Budget” (Budget =/= financial reports…). En route there, a reminder that in 2013 California radically re-structured its school funding (adding some more acronyms — LCAP, LCAF) and began to feature UNaudited statements.  But below that, the audited ones (a few of them) do exist:

Understanding LCFF and LCAP

In July 2013, Governor Brown signed into law a new way to distribute money to California school districts. Known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), it is the most comprehensive reform to California’s school funding system in 40 years. Alongside the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, districts are now also required to adopt Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), which are plans for districts to show how they will spend the supplemental funds on their high-needs students effectively.

Link (just FYI) to the 2015-2016 Audited Financial Statement: P12 (under “MDA”) shows that PEEF funding comes from “Proposition C” passed in 2004, and would’ve expired, except people voted to continue it until 2041. Of this supplementary income, SFUSD gets ⅔ ($64M) while the City Dept of Early Care and Education gets the other ⅓ for pre-school:

SFUSD MD&A section (p12) showing other sources of income, incl PEEF (PropC) and a PropA source. PEEF funds “Peer Resources” which SFCESS references. Click for full-sized image.

 

 

WHO/WHAT ARE WestED and SF EdFund? Each in its turn:

(The first is government, the second is private, nonprofit.  SF EdFund in its current form goes back only to 2009, but otherwise pre-dates WestEd.)

WestED:

WestED is  a JPA formed by two other JPAs.  A 2007 (California-specific) Governments Working Together: A Citizen’s Guide to Joint Powers Authorities [sgf.senate.gov] explains the background (legislation over time) authorizing this, starting in the 1920s to help stop TB (SF/Alameda County) up through, well, 2007.  Understanding how they fund themselves and under what authority is important.  Keep in mind please that this (found through basic web search) is now 10 yrs old.  But my point here is that WestEd, a JPA (A=agency there), in partnering with SF EdFund and SF-CESS, as to SF-CESS (upcoming) partnered with a nonprofit who opted not to register as a Calif. Charity (as required to by law) for five years, or until forced to.  SF EdFund (also right below) itself merged in 2009 into another agency as the non-surviving entity, making its former EIN# no longer applicable to the to the name, which the surviving entity (formerly went by another name) then assumed.

While SF EdFund (before and after) is still simply a private, nonprofit 501©3, WestEd, on the other hand its financial statements may be a little harder to locate, and once located (JPAs must file audited statements with the Secretary of State — but WestEd is not just within California…) identify the funding relating to, this project without a specific FOIA.  And it spans several state lines (not just within California).  (I’ve referenced it in a title post already, and have a follow-up post in draft).

A joint powers agency or joint powers authority (JPA) is a new, separate government organization created by the member agencies, but is legally independent from them. Like a joint powers agreement (in which one agency administers the terms of the agreement), a joint powers agency shares powers common to the member agencies, and those powers are outlined in the joint powers agreement.

If an agreement’s terms are complex or if one member agency cannot act on behalf of all members, forming a new government agency is the answer. This new agency typically has officials from the member agencies on its governing board.


How are they funded?  (p. 19) Create a revenue stream or sell bonds.   To sell bonds, member agencies must have ordinances, and the public has 30 days to protest.  If the public doesn’t know the JPA exists or the “member agencies” have created the ordinance, oh well, then “too late”:

~|~[in re WestEd is a JPA] 2007 CitznGuide to JPAs p11 – Mark-Roos Local Bond Pooling Act, 1985(Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 10.55AM~|~Looking for WestEd CAFR found WestEd RFP for 2017-18-19 Indep Auditors to do one! Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 6.55PM (=next two images).

Funding JPAs (p19 from 2007 “Citizen’s Guide to JPAs.”

“In 1949, the Legislature renumbered and combined these earlier laws into a unified statute (SB 768, Cunningham, 1949), which also gave JPAs the ability to incur debt and sell bonds to construct || public-use buildings, such as exhibition centers, sports coliseums, and associated parking facilities. In 2000, the Legislature formally named the law the Joint Exercise of Powers Act (SB 1350, Senate Local Government Committee, 2000). (pp. 10-11). ….

WestEd’s “Wikipedia” first calls it a nonprofit organization, then lower in the article admits that it’s a JPA covering states of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah!! and with 14 offices throughout the United States!

WestEd is a San Francisco-based nonpartisan, nonprofit, mission-focused organization.[1][2] The organization’s mission states, “WestEd, a research, development, and services agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.”[3][4][5]

In 2013, WestEd’s annual revenue was approximately $137 million, with over 530 clients and funders including the United States Department of EducationNational Science Foundation, the United States Department of Justice, and many state, county, local, philanthropic, and business entities.[6] WestEd has been vetted and approved as a qualified service provider in the following federal contracting programs: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Program Support Center (PSC) Task Order Contracts, and the General Service Administration’s Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) Schedule (SIN 874-1: Integrated Consulting Services).[7][8][9]

WestEd conducts various services — consulting and technical assistance, evaluation, policy, professional development, and research and development — aimed at supporting and improving education and human development. [10][11][12] WestEd’s work is focused in several key areas: College & Career; Early Childhood Development & Learning; English Language Learners; Health, Safety, & Well-Being; Literacy; Schools, Districts, & State Education Systems; Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics; Special Education; Standards, Assessment, & Accountability; and Teachers & Leaders.[4][13][14][15]

Six times WestEd has been named one of the Best Employers in the San Francisco Bay Area, most recently in 2011.[16] In addition to headquarters in San Francisco, WestEd has 14 regional offices throughout United States[17] and over 650 employees.[18

….[NOTICE FIELDS OF SPECIALITY DO NOT REFERENCE “HARD SCIENCES” of any SORT, (GEOLOGY, BIOLOGY, ZOOLOGY, PHYSICS) LITERATURE, HISTORY, ARTS or ARCHITECTURE but the ones specific to training and population management, as well as politics (i.e., partnership-building).

“Collectively, WestEd staff have over 375 advanced degrees in education and other fields such as psychology, sociology, public policy, statistics, and law. WestEd’s program staff have expertise in student assessment, data-driven planning, curriculum development, training, school coaching, community partnership building, research and evaluation methods, and policy analysis.

Recommended — read the rest of the Wiki for a sense of how “extensive” WestEd is (it’s not at all restricted to western states) and how, if a program is approved as evidence- based by its scholars and testing, that program is likely to be scaled up.  I cannot speak for the other programs, but I AM speaking here, about one nonprofit involved with WestEd IN SanFrancisco, one of the apparent pilot areas.  Also notice in the Wiki if any reference whatsoever is made to where it’s financials may be found.   Funny, how rarely that point is raised in some circles, although the citizens, the taxpayers, fund the agencies that fund WestEd or its many contracts.  Talk about centralized control of a nation’s schools in the hands of the “show me the money — who, US?”

WestEd was awarded the contract to operate the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West (serving ArizonaCaliforniaNevada, and Utah) for the current period, running from January 2012 through the end of 2016[24] Under the current contract, REL West partners with regional educators to form research alliances dedicated to addressing regional needs and increasing the use of data and evidence in education decision-making. [25]

WestEd has operated REL West since the REL Program’s inception in 1966. In the previous contract cycle (2006–2011), REL West published over 30 peer-reviewed studies [26] and held 36 technical assistance events bridging research, policy, and practice, with well over 2,000 participants. [27] During that period, REL West also delivered over 200 written responses to education questions from regional stakeholders and provided technical assistance to numerous state education agencies, state boards of education, legislators, local schools and districts, and professional associations.

I notice the Wiki heavily references the “Reading Apprenticeship®” (Wiki didn’t provide that “®” but there is one), so I went to USPTO.gov to see whether a government Joint Powers Agency owned the copyright to a method which it had developed using as a laboratory public schools across the nation, particularly some of them where reading was an issue, and then decided to scale-it up based on their evaluation of how effective it was.  I found THREE trademarks by this same name, all first used in commerce this century (2000) and registered around 2002/2003.  They differ only in the types of G&S (“Goods and Services”) to which it is applied, which are (1) Teacher training; (2) electronic media, and (3) print media around the teaching method.

Now consider that the agreement creating the JPA (from WestEd’s website that’s not clear, but from the Agreement itself it is) only dates to 1995 or 1996 — and within five -eight years it’s filing trademarks with the USPTO as a government JPA (Agency)?

I see, yes.

WHY?  Trademarking is for control of commerce and trade and discouraging rivals or competitors of using one’s original concepts.  Yet the public, in the bottom line, originally financed WestEd itself and still does. And how original, really, are those concepts?  NOT VERY, most of them!

SECTION ON WestEd’s Word Service marks (per USPTO) so far…

No link this time. To see details of each (the G&S, dates of registration and that the Registrant is indeed WestEd “Joint Powers Agency” with a San Francisco address) go to USPTO.gov and get to the Basic Word Search, (TESS) site — it takes a few clicks — and search “Reading Apprenticeship” You could also choose “Owner” and search WestEd to find more.

In fact, here’s that search.  Clicking on ALL of them, I find NONE of them pre-dates 1995, proving my point that WestEd didn’t exist in name before then and that (apparently) one of its overall purposes was to trademark its work in “Word Marks” — as a government JPA!!  Regardless of how “not very unique” and broad-based the concept for each mark was.  One (“Green 360”) even had a co-registrant — perhaps there will be more in the future, but most were to WestEd only.

The pdf has a bit more commentary (on looking up the co-registrant for Green 360, and how WestEd is using this) but in tiny font. Annotations contain 2 related links to that topic. Also discussed briefly below.

WestEd’s 21 (most still LIVE) WordMarks at USPTO’gov (Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 12.12PM (pdf 3pm)
Samples:  The trademark “R&D Alert” was for a series of newsletter, first used in commerce 1999, trademark filed by WestEd 2005, registration 2006:

Word Mark  R&D ALERT
Goods and Services IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Printed materials, namely, topical newsletters in the field of education and human development. FIRST USE: 19990531. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19990531
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 78774323
Filing Date December 15, 2005
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition August 22, 2006
Registration Number 3168426
Registration Date November 7, 2006
Owner (REGISTRANT) WestEd joint powers act agency organized under Government Code Section 6500 et. al. CALIFORNIA 730 Harrison Street San Francisco CALIFORNIA 941071242

Or, more recently:

Word Mark  FOR OUR BABIES
Goods and Services IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Promoting public awareness of issuesconcerning the healthy development of U.S. children from conception to age three; public advocacy to promote awareness of issuesconcerning the healthy development of U.S. children from conception to age three. FIRST USE: 20111105. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20111105 … … …
Registration Date October 2, 2012
Owner (REGISTRANT) WestEd a joint powers act agency CALIFORNIA 730 Harrison Street San Francisco CALIFORNIA 94107
Attorney of Record Patricia L. Cotton
Description of Mark The color(s) black, red, orange, tan and grey is/are claimed as a feature of the mark. The mark consists of the words FOR OUR BABIES in black to the right of a heart in red overlayed with an orange teardrop shape and a tan circle with grey accents representing a baby with closed eyelids.

Or for further down the age progressions of U.S. children into careers: (presented in paragraph, not table, format here):

“Green 360”  G&S (in 3 categories):

IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Providing career information, namely, information about preparing for careers in environmentally-conscious industries; providing information about promoting public interest and awareness in a green workforce; providing information about promoting the interests of people concerned with environmentally sustainability issues. FIRST USE: 20120901. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20120901 ||

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Educational services, namely, providing online courses to students in the fields of environmental sustainability, preparing for careers in environmentally-conscious industries and promoting a green workforce, and distribution of course material in connection therewith. FIRST USE: 20120508. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20120508

IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Creating an online community for students, teachers and professionals interested in environmental sustainability, preparing for careers in environmentally-conscious industries and promoting a green workforce. FIRST USE: 20120901. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20120901

Registration Date: January 21, 2014

Co-Registrants: (REGISTRANT) Martens, Joanne Norine DBA The Intelleto Advantage INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 561 LaVista Road Walnut Creek CALIFORNIA 94598(REGISTRANT) WestEd a joint powers act agency organized under california government code section 6500 CALIFORNIA 730 Harrison Street San Francisco CALIFORNIA 94107


Exploring the co-registrant (not application) background of trademark “Green 360.”

Why would WestEd just this once in 21 registrations, and just one person, grant a co-registration of the trademark to a person without even an associated, registered company — just a “dba“??This gives a single person, dba as (tradename above) joint-trademark controls with WestEd!  While WestEd has 21 trademarks, per “Inventively.com” (which also records them) she has just one — shared with WestEd.

dbas can be looked up at the County Clerk Recorder.  Here’s for that county (search site), and next image is the filing.  It only represents a single person, the name was filed for in 2009.


CRIIS.com dba for Intelleto Advantage, The

The “360” concept isn’t even original, apparently Ms. Martens (who has a BA from SF State and a Teaching Credential in “Wisdom and Resiliency”) and others in a consulting/coaching partnership (not listed as a California business or LLC/LLP either) have gotten trained in “360 by Design®” which offers leadership assessments, part of which is self-assessment. In describing her qualifications, The Intelleto Advantage is, of course, described as a “firm,” which I guess a dba allows one to do, although it’s just a person. (etc.):

Joanne is affiliated with the Work Design Collaborative and the Future of Work Community and a member of the South Bay Organizational Development Network. She holds certifications in MRG’s 360 Leadership Effectiveness Analysis and Individual Directions Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Lominger’s Leadership Architect  & Voices (360) and PDI Leader as Coach. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts Summa Cum Laude and Graduate Studies Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University with an Advanced Degree in Wisdom and Resiliency. Joanne is a 5th generation San Franciscan.

Among the credits was “Educator for Mt. Diablo” (does that entail classroom teaching?).  What “Advanced Degree”?  Re: Certifications (some people acquire them like trophies), here’s “MRG” (Management Research Group‘s) listing of several — also see the bottom of its webpage. It’s global.  Partner (with Ms. Martens) Casey Gelatt, from her bio:

After receiving her B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder and M.S. in counseling from San Francisco State University, Carol spent three years as a management development trainer for the federal government and career counselor and instructor at City College of San Francisco. She was the founding director of the Career Development Center and a member of the graduate faculty at John F. Kennedy University. She holds certifications inthe Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks, Executive Dimensions and 360 by Design.

[and H.B. Gelatt, same website]:

For over 40 years H B Gelatt has been regarded as an expert in decision making. Most notably he is the creator of Positive Uncertainty, a philosophy of decision making in uncertain times.

In 2001, H B and his wife, Carol Casey Gelatt, co-founded Gelatt Partners to assist individuals and organizations imagine and create the change they want.** In 2003 they co-authored the 2nd edition of the popular decision making book Creative Decision Making Using Positive Uncertainty. As he has throughout his career, today H B devotes his time to writing essays on his approach to decision making. ….Earlier in his career, HB was Director of Guidance and the Professional Renewal Program for the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Many honors have come H B’s way recognizing his work in the fields of decision making and career development. ….. His educational background includes doctoral and master’s degrees in counseling psychology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University.

There is much more to H B than his career and passion for decision making. The other loves of his life are his family and friends, tennis, hiking, music, spectator sports, his wisdom group activities and the continuous reinvention of H B.

**Complete with a mis-use of the transitive verb “assist” in its infinitive (“to assist”) form? The sentence should read “assist individuals and organization in imaging and creating” or just use the word “help” instead… but it didn’t.  Imagine that…)

…and yet another partner (what is “consulting partner” of an unlisted partnership?)

A consulting partner of Gelatt Partners, Carol Wicklund Enright is the Principal of Enright & Associates, a San Francisco-based organizational consulting firm since 1998.

For more than 25 years, Carol has partnered with senior leaders in organizations ranging from emerging family businesses, to nonprofit organizations and Fortune 100 companies, to help them build and lead extraordinary organizations, solve organizational problems, and capitalize on opportunities for change.

In addition to collaborative projects with Gelatt Partners … Carol holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois, majoring in Speech and Hearing Science, and an MBA from DePaul University with an emphasis in strategic human resource management. She has also completed the Advanced Professional Development Course for Human Resource Executives offered through the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and holds certifications in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks, Executive Dimensions and 360 by Design.

“Enright & Associates” (unlike “Gelatt Partners”) does show up in California Business Search, address in San Francisco, filed in 1999.  Out of all the partners, she’s actually showing an educational background outside California.  It has one statement info only viewable (dated 2/2017) the previous one (Dated 2003) has no image, and the image I clicked on for 2017, being a “no-change” one also had no:  street address, mailing address, or any other officers than “President Carol Wickland Enright” listed.  For what that information’s worth in this context:

In case you don’t get the “Certifications is My Business” marketplace, here’s a closer look at some of those listed above.  There will be an organization providing them, and then the trademarked courses or fields in which you can (for a fee, sometimes a hefty one) purchase certifications.  Here, it took a long time (or, at least a lot of clicks) to locate the legal domicile of the “Center for Creative Leadership (North Carolina, with national USA and global — various continents — offices elsewhere):

More About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that accelerates strategy and business results by unlocking the leadership potential of individuals and organizations. Founded in 1970, CCL o ers an array of research-based programs, products and services for leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s Top 10 providers of executive education by Businessweek and the Financial Times, CCL is headquartered in Greensboro, NC, with offices in Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Singapore; Gurgaon, India; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Shanghai, China.

We look forward to partnering with you on your leadership challenges and developing the creative leadership that will lift you and your organization to new levels. To get started, contact us at one of our regional headquarters or visit http://www.ccl.org

A few pictures probably tell the story better:

Need Certification with an ®? See CCL’org Center for Creative Leadership (Legal Domicile TBA~ MIA so far) Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 8.23PM

 

Here are some of the trademarks handled by CCL.org:

CCL’s Trademark Policy (lists owners) Context WestEd co-registrant from NCalif + certifications (Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 8.43PM) (image below also).

And its tax returns, showing founded 1970, must file returns in multiple countries, and (to be honest) calling into question why such an organization should be allowed to operate non-profit, that is, tax-exempt.  It first-listed program is operating (just this year) at an $11M profit.  It pays 561 employees over $56M in salaries (in addition to $43M expenses), and one of its other programs (for nurses) is already sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, teaching nurses to lead US Health Care Reform. In addition $83M of expenses (reading p2 of the latest return, line 4d) are categorized as “Other.”)  The exempt-purpose mission is grandiose in concept — which is obviously working judging by the numbers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Ryan ==>I looked up because on the Board of Directors for CCL, this individual was (a) paid more than any others (about triple the salary) and has about three titles listed, including “Governor.” (close to $700K) in a field of Part VIIA Contractors totaling over $4M.

(Has led CCL since March 2007; not the only position; see also Cablevision (since 2002) and military background, plus training at Harvard’s JFK School for Government (Executive).

(The tax returns are quite “revealing” but this is just not the place to discuss them!)

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ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Center for Creative Leadership NC 2015 990 65 $126,793,466.00 23-7079591
Center for Creative Leadership NC 2014 990 97 $126,806,046.00 23-7079591
Center for Creative Leadership NC 2013 990 97 $130,276,169.00 23-7079591

TO FULLY REALIZE OUR MISSION, THE CENTER WILL CREATE NEW KNOWLEDGE THAT ADVANCES OUR FIELD AND THAT POSITIVELY TRANSFORMS THE WAY LEADERS, THEIR ORGANIZATIONS AND THIER SOCIETIES CONFRONT THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY THESE IMPERATIVES REQUIRE THAT THE CENTER BECOME THE PREEMINENT GLOBAL INSTITUTION FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH

CCL-listed trademarks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Whatever….”Here’s the current list of 21 WestEd Trademarks (most live, some are not):

WestEd’s 21 (most still LIVE) WordMarks at USPTO’gov (Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 12.12PM (pdf 3pm)

The link to pdf (“WestEd’s 21” above image) has a bit more commentary (on looking up the co-registrant for Green 360, and how WestEd is using this) but in tiny font. Annotations contain 2 related links to that topic.

 

WHAT ABOUT ITS “FINANCIALs”?

WHERE are WestEd’s Audited Financial Statements? So far, DNK, but I see they were just recently looking for a new auditor to produce reports for 2017 and if it goes well, 2018 & 2019 too.  The RFP also shows the (now greater) size and that the same auditor would do not just WestEd but the two JPAs which originally signed an agreement to create it in the 1990s (2nd image annotations):

[in re WestEd is a JPA] 2007 CitznGuide to JPAs p11 – Mark-Roos Local Bond Pooling Act, 1985(Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 10.55AM~|~Looking for WestEd CAFR found WestEd RFP for 2017-18-19 Indep Auditors to do one! Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 6.55PM


US Dept. Of Education OIG (Office of Inspector General) March 1998 Audit of WestEd’s Administration of Regional Education Laboratory Contract <==WOW.  And this was shortly after WestEd was formed. OIG, identifies several dishonest and out-of-compliance behaviors (WestEd, in a “Auditee response”) disagreed (argued) with most of them.  Some pertains to the two buildings (one in SF and the other in Los Alamitos).

It’s a virtual recipe for how to cheat — “let us count the ways” — and this was in 1998 only!

The OIG doesn’t have enforcement powers, only recommendation.  I wonder if the recommendation to “straighten up and fly right!” was heeded, or failure to do so penalized.  Judging by present circumstances, it doesn’t seem so…

If you read at least the Table of Contents and Executive Summary (within next images), it will give an indicator of the problems from the outset.  The Executive Summary concludes, after listing several items:

  1. “The report also recommends that WestEd be required to return about $131,000 in Federal funds that were used for unallowable interest, improperly computed indirect costs, and other unallowable direct costs in Recommendations No. 5, 7 and 8. OERI should coordinate resolution actions with OCF & CIO on all of the recommendations. We further conclude that as much as $2.6 million of accumulated rental profits could be better used to reduce program expenditures or further program objectives. In the future years, about $300,000 of rental profits would be available for these purposes annually.Except for indirect expenses paid for airfare upgrades and DJ entertainment, WestEd did not concur with our conclusions and recommendations. The entire text of WestEd’s response is included in Attachment 1 of this report.”

US DOE 1998 Audit of WestEd Administration of two REL contractors formerly held? by its two entities which created WestEd. (Top half of audit “transmittal” letter).

Most of March 1998 USDOE OIG Audit of WestEd’s TOC

ExecSummary (p1 all, except title) of 1998 WestEd Audit by USDOE OIG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing to follow up on the nonprofit SF Coalition of Essential Small Schools (“SF CESS”) Program Service Accomplishments on most recent tax return above — and SF CESS relates to the Brown-University based “AISR” which is founded on the concept of Ted Sizer’s (nonprofit) CES which (below) has no better nonprofit filing behavior (in fact, it was worse) than SFCESS’s — WestEd was mentioned as well as SF Ed:

(Code ) (Expenses $ 650,412 including grants of $ ) (Revenue $

SF-CESS has solidified its formal partnership with SFUSD, leading Equity-Centered Professional Learning Communities for Middle and High School Principals as well as conducting professional development for the Master Teacher Program and Small Schools by Design As part of a three-year partnership with SF EdFund and WestED, we trained and supported 10 pilot schools to develop Equity-Centered Professional Learning Communities focused on literacy Additionally, SF-CESS serves more than two-dozen SFUSD schools towards their own transformation to equitable and excellent schools

WHO/WHAT IS SF EdFund?

 SF EdFund: (Well-organized website which makes a point NOT to feature its financials anywhere near the top of the page (or, on the Donate page either)…

However, you can see its board leadership (Goldman Sachs, Investment Mgmt, an LLP, and among 18 board members only ONE Education Consultant (although a former DOE person also).)  See history page.

See “Focus Schools” and notice there are several elementary, fewer middle, and only 3 high schools chosen.  Click on “Mission High School” (SFUSD) and notice the street address.  Then notice the earlier addresses of SF Coalition of Essential Schools, Inc. (because they are the same).  SFCESS was started out of a school building.  Notice SFCESS’ first “Amended” return showed a street address change to 300 Brannon Street (otherwise the school address might have been too obvious?) Webpage footer, fine-print, has a link “Reports” (not “Financials” or “Financial Reports” which does show last several Form 990s.  What’s more, the most recent report is for FY2013 (!! We are in Year 2017, which is their Fiscal year 2015.  So why no reports for FY2014 or 2015 uploaded yet?) No volunteers got around to doing this on the otherwise very professional-looking website?

EIN# is 94-1592822.  If I didn’t know this EIN#, a name-search wouldn’t locate it (see next table), which I just don’t think is accidental.  (See “history page” in caption — there was an earlier merger with the entity whose name IS shown in these results, wrongly — click through to see IRS filing is for “SF Education Fund” and not as displayed here.  Also notice the $7.1M Total assets…

Total results: 3Search Again.
[Mis-labeled (by the database, not the filer) Tax Returns for San Francisco EdFund]

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
San Francisco School Volunteers CA 2015 990 34 $7,133,357.00 94-1592822
San Francisco School Volunteers CA 2014 990 27 $7,008,030.00 94-1592822
San Francisco School Volunteers CA 2013 990 24 $5,843,756.00 94-1592822

There was a merger in 2009.  The Former SF EdFund opted to NOT be the Surviving Entity and SFSV (which did survive) changed its name to the now-defunct “SF EdFund” (and took its assets, too) as the record shows.  I looked up the non-surviving EIN# and found these results.  Keep in mind, please that the Foundation Center (database search site), above, has given the WRONG entity name for all 3 years of the EIN# 941592822 above, which since May 2009 has just not gone by its former name.  Confused yet? Not to worry.  Mergers can get that way….

Also FYI, whether old or new, “The Corporation has no members” (two prior versions) or, it has two classes of members:  Board (which can vote) or Associates (who can’t).  So who controls the assets, privately?  The board.  Meanwhile, in an entity who is spending money (incl. considerable private money) to fix the public schools — referring to SF EdFund — I found one year’s RRF showed over $184K of gov’t entity donations TO it FROM the various school districts in the area, including SFUSD…. (no image here, but look at page two of this RRF for what I’m talking about):

SF EdFund FY2009 First Yr Post-Merger shows Full Page (over 185K) of Gov’t Grants on p2 (re CT006063 Entity 0475335 EIN#941592822) RRF-1 2010

 

Total results: 3Search Again.

SF EdFund (home page). See its History page for 2009 merger, and gradual involvement of foundation whose wealth was based in real estate (residential and commercial), i.e., Maisin Foundation

 

EIN#562544544: Initial (amended), address-changed first return FY2005 for SFCESS showing $16K grants and $48 Program Service Revenues

Next:  Three links and two images on SFCESS, a knockoff of CES and using its model, apparently both in principles and in practices of not filing until forced to by the home state, in other words, like “father” (parent organization CES, in concept and programming), like “son” (SFCESS spinoff or otherwise. CES apparently has no problem with this, as they put the SFCESS Incorporator on the board within one year of it going legitimate only in 2010 and only when forced to.  Reminds me of “ConnectEd: The Center for College and Career” which also only registered (with state of California) in 2011 despite having incorporated in 2006 and having (as I recall) received funds meanwhile.  As soon as they went “legit” the James Irvine Foundation has over $9M for the 501©3) (I’ve posted on that situation…).

SF Coalition of EssentialSmall Schools Oct 2010 OAK Ltr 2nd Notice to Register Resent ‘(this time with EXECUTED founding dox, pls!’):


SFCESS (Renato Almanzor BethSilbergeld RayGarcia GREGORY PETERS ExecDir Treasurer (+incorporator) Charity Registrn ~FundsFirstRec’d2005~ OAG-stamped2010 (see pdf for more) p2 of 8 (ScrnS | PDF (8pp, p. 1 is annotated also):  SFCESS FoundingDox 2005 (+Handwritten Calif CT Registry dated 2010) shows GREGORY PETERS (found on CES board in 2011 after it returned to RI) (8pp) printed Apr2017

BELOW the section CES, which is colorfully populated with annotated images from (its) tax returns, or of its filings to make my points — is the previously written section on “The Two LLCs” (some posts between then and now also will relate more to this).  But the “heat” you may feel in the post title — that’s in reference to CES.

Below that is from the post as originally drafted regarding other entities, and the section where I would’ve put all those images, originally, naming “AISR.”  Right now, I’m leaving that as a “Placeholder” for more tax-return (and other drill-down) material to fully prove what is so alarming me.

Having said that — anyone else with some discipline and diligence, could’ve looked up this from the same sources I did.  The thing is — did anyone? If so, where is anything but glowing reports (from official, and professionally-published, nice-looking websites often, for example, as Brown University shows) on this entire network?

CES FY2011 PtVIIA Dirs (Wood-Lesley-DMeier (ViceChairEmeritus) (new this yr) Gergory Peters Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 12.37PM

Here’s why I’m not uploading, narrating, and posting ALL images obtained so far:

(1) My purpose just now is to get this post into some shape for publishing so I may refer to it on the other post (about four OTHER nonprofit “change the schools” organizations).

(2) After nearly a day recently of pulling up every single tax return available on CES, looking through them, noticing changes of address or leadership, patterns of reporting of the grants distributed, and of their corporate comings and goings — which really is interesting and symbolic of what nonprofits with big bucks OR big names behind them can pull off), I realize I need a psychological “time out” from exposure to this material (it shows a lot of subtle evasion of naming names and accounting for what was done with the funds; it uses boilerplate statements which do this) before — which I WILL do if possible soon — simply posting them all in chronological order to show WHAT took place on this level.  It’s not the complexity, is the sense of disgust at what I’m seeing which, at this point, looks more like racketeering than public service.

I don’t just that word lightly…and realize there are several elements to any RICO (or proving it).  I’m not saying this IS racketeering or a violation of RICO law.  Other state laws governing corporations (including non-profit ones), however, habitually, are being violated in the process, by people zealous to not just become, but also train and raise a standard for fixing the schools at the district, not just individual school, level, and nationwide.  You’ll see.

(3) Stamina (and posting priorities) is also a factor:  even a single annotated image (screenprint, then pdf) takes time, and I was looking at tax returns from 2002 – current, and material from other places (like the California Office of Attorney General Registry of Charitable Trusts, or Rhode Island (and California) Secretaries of State. (Rhode Island provides much more information for free on-line on its registered corporations than California does; perhaps size of the state has something to do with why…)

QUICK (or not so quick) SECTION on “WHO IS AISR?

https://bulletin.brown.edu/annenberginstituteforschoolreform/ (displays 2017-2018 year). For a clean copy of next annotated images (please read annotations which make my point, that inbetween boasting about what it’s done and is doing, the AISR’s exact identity (whether or not registered ANYWHERE as the organization it says it is, while simultaneously being called an “institute” “at” Brown (a private, elite, and long-established university, obviously, in Rhode Island).

AISR desc by BrownUnv in UnivBulletin (2017-2018) Screen Shot 2017Apr06@4.22PM

 

Further quotes from this University Bulletin (i.e., web page)  imply AISR (despite University-appointed Board of Overseers) is acting as an independent entity, and is not the same as “CES” although both were founded by the same person, Ted Sizer.  It is “getting grants from major funders.”

“For more than two decades, AISR has been an influential national leader in public education reform. AISR’s research has provided an important evidence base to inform public discourse and decision making in a national climate too often driven by ideology. AISR has also regularly been sought out as a convener and technical assistance provider by district and state education stakeholders and consistently attracts grants from major funders. AISR’s publications, including research reports, a high-traffic public website, online tools, videos, and its award-winning flagship journal Voices in Urban Education (VUE), are extensively cited and reach a broad cross-sector national audience of education opinion leaders, policymakers, funders, researchers, the media, and community leaders, among others. The VUE website** receives more than 27,000 visitors per year, while the AISR site attracts over 25,000 visitors annually.

**The VUE website at top reads “published by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University” but the page at bottom reads “© Brown University. And says it was launched in 2003.

AISR has been in the vanguard of thinking about school districts for over 15 years. In 2000, AISR formed a national task force to examine the education-reform role of urban school districts, and was among the first to conclude that district redesign and transformation is essential to the achievement of equity and school improvement at scale – contrary to the prevailing discourse of the time that districts should simply be dismantled and schools reformed one by one. Through its District & Systems Transformation (DST) practice, AISR currently collaborates with urban districts to build capacity to strengthen their schools and students, with active participation of the community and other partners, while working toward the goal of a smart education system. AISR has developed an array of tools to support districts and their partners, including a widely disseminated series of resources on college readiness.

AISR has also been in the forefront of thinking about urban communities as powerful allies and assets rather than problems. In 2006, AISR formed the Community Organizing & Engagement (CO&E) practice by incorporating the Community Involvement Program, formerly based at New York University, and opening a New York City office.  CO&E supports community organizing for education reform by helping youth, parent, and community groups to develop sufficient power to drive and sustain improvement in low-performing urban school districts. Research and technical assistance from AISR was instrumental in helping community organizations in New York City develop an equity-driven education agenda that was embraced across all candidates in the 2013 mayoral elections, and CO&E staff are currently informing national education reform discussions.  [AND, more similar information continues….]

[Conclusion to article on this page] AISR also serves as a bridge from Brown to Providence and the state, providing support for the Providence Public School District, the R.I. Department of Education, and the Central Falls School District, and it hosts the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet.  In 2008-09, AISR supported the Governor’s Urban Task Force, a key factor in Rhode Island’s successful Race to the Top application.  Furthermore, in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation, AISR sponsored a series of eight forums in 2011-14 focused on “Building a 21st Century Education System” in the Ocean State.

Additional information can be found at: http://www.annenberginstitute.org/

Interesting (blue font above) that in the description of its being in the “vanguard” and “forefront” of thinking, only two alternatives are referenced: it chose one.  (“The Hegelian dialectic” using either/or framing to limit what is NOT presented as an option.  Of course there are other alternatives just as there are more than two ways of “thinking about urban communities” (referring to WHOSE thinking??), either problems or assets.  Again, ‘WHOSE’ assets?

Therefore WHO is AISR (where might one follow its money trail, if this is actually possible, as funds are poured into and expended through it over time) is a critical piece of information — that this bulletin, as I’ve noticed in other situations also involving universities, doesn’t particularly think is relevant to the readers.  Even within “VUE” copyright notice, the source itself seems split on whether it’s Brown, or the Annenberg Institute — w are to say “© Annenberg Institute (referring to materials at VUE)” but then Brown owns that copyright.  Huh??  It’s also in very light gray font for those who get around to clicking on it:

 

Perhaps more insight onto “Who is BROWN” would be more appropriate.  For some, see “Foreword” (top left links on the annotated image and link provided for AISR, above) in which –during about 10 basic description paragraphs, it strategically omits ANY reference to when it finally broke down, with other East Coast (Ivy League) institutions and started admitting women undergraduates to the same undergraduate institution as the men.  The present tense “men and women” is substituted, so I guess this dramatic event in the history of a university started as a college back in 1764, and established in its present place since 1804 — doesn’t bear mentioning? (see image — or that link — between Paragraph 3, (where about 212 years (1804-now) of its history is “fast-forwarded” and Paragraph 4, the present, starts “Brown draws men and women from all over the United States and many countries.”

(Light-blue background:  More general info on Brown, from its own account and (as that’s not exactly forthcoming) Wikipedia’s.  But below this general section, and while looking for the AISR EIN# I do post the University’s main tax return (being private non-profit, it files one) and, still questing after that possibility, more on a related entity, its “Research Foundation” which is inexplicably empty in recent years, but MAY have leadership in common with that of AISR (which is, after all, University Board of Overseers appointed).

Feeling surely the university would mention it somewhere in its self-reported history (on-line), I looked for another accounting.  In the “History/Interactive Timeline” someone who already knew that this would’ve been only in the 1970s could scroll through the pictures and headings, decade by decade, although the reference to this event even for the 1970s is not at the top level and no date even given (it’s one more click down).  By contrast, 1930-1939 timeline showed “First Asian to graduate” (as a header) and, lower down, (same decade) “First African American to receive a doctorate.”  But for the 1970s, it features instead (1970-1979) its first president from a business background, with the information about women submerged an image and another click down.  It has not problem referencing that it admitted women “to begin studies at Brown” in 1891…

… The timeline chronicles milestones of more than 250 years, including Brown’s founding in 1764 on the idea of admitting students regardless of religious affiliation, the introduction of the first women to begin studies at Brown in 1891, the 1969 adoption of the “New Curriculum” that continues to define the undergraduate experience, the 2004 report confronting the University’s relationship to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, and the diversity and inclusion action plan established in 2016 to foster an academic community that embodies the social and intellectual diversity of the world.

I saw the 1970s decade once on this timeline, but over a 24-hr period, the timeline viewing on my device seems to have gotten “stuck” and will not show anything past 1869!

 

From Brown University History Timeline, image is under 1970-1979 column

Apparently Wikipedia on Brown U. is more interested in telling the reality of the history of women there than any of Brown’s own main history timeline or its Foreword summary at the university itself:

Founding and early history[edit]

“The founding of the Women’s College Adjunct to Brown University in October 1891, later renamed the Women’s College in Connection with Brown University, provided an organizational structure to allow women to attend that institution; Brown College remained as the men’s college. The system resembled those at Columbia University (Columbia College for men, Barnard College for women) and Harvard University (Harvard College for men, Radcliffe College for women).

Brown’s single-sex status had first been challenged in April 1874, when the university received an application from a female.[1] The Advisory and Executive Committee decided that admitting women at the time was not a good proposal, but they continued to revisit the matter annually until 1888. Subsequent discussions led to the creation of the Women’s College October 1, 1891.

The first women students were: Maude Bonner, Clara Comstock, Nettie Goodale Murdoch, Elizabeth Peckham, Anne T. Weeden, and Mary Emma Woolley. Their classes were held at a grammar school that had once been associated with Brown. After the boys (not “men”) went home at two o’clock, the women arrived to learn from their professors in a classroom on the second floor. The school had no lights, so the women worked until the daylight was too dim to read by. One of the major advocates for admitting women to Brown University, Sarah Doyle raised $75,000 to build the first permanent building for Brown’s new female students; named Pembroke Hall, this structure would be renamed Pembroke College in 1928.[2]

(…after Pembroke College in Cambridge University, England). Before then it was simply “Women’s College” — from 1891 – 1928.  (The name “Brown” referred to a donor/merchant anyhow..) At time of the eventual merger in 1971, only 1 in 4 undergraduates (25%) at the university (with its separate college for women) was a woman.  Per Wiki, in 2005 that was (finally) up to 51%.

In 1969, students from Pembroke and Brown began living in shared dormitories. Since women students had been attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at Brown for some time, the Advisory and Executive Council proposed a merger between the colleges. On July 1, 1971, the merger became official, with all undergraduate students being admitted to and attending the same college.

You can also read in the foreword about the 1969 adoption of the “dynamic curriculum” standard and other indicators why a philosophy such as Ted Sizer’s might be welcome particularly here. 


I eventually did find the AISR as a separately registered nonprofit in the State of Rhode Island, at the SOS level, and (most interesting) a list of Board of Directors with their affiliations.

Basic search results shows Business ID at R.I. SOS database


RI SOS showing AISR (DNP ID#000087058) since 1995 and some of its Directors| (2017-04-06 at 6.31M

RI SOS showing The AISR as Corp 000087058 POB 1985 (Providence) (2017-04-06 at 6.29PM)

Continuation page for (2008?) AISR Bd of Directors show Steans Fam Fndtn in Chicago, The SchumanFund in NJ and someone from Annie E Casey

… (Also see that its founding documents won’t be available // Only Annual Reports 2008ff and more recent ones, basic electronic (not pdf image) filings. The earliest shown through alternate method provided is back to 2006).

AISR List of Annual Repts available through RI Business Entity Search (earliest with link is 2008)

Image shows FY2006 powerhouse directors of AISR and their affiliations (incl The Honorable Leonore Annenberg (℅ Dr Gail Levin of Annenberg Fndtn — Walter H Annenberg died in 2002 and his wife Leonore in 2009) + a Bill & Melinda Gates Fndtn Representative, one from PublicEducationNetwork (“PEN”) Wendy Puriefoy, and The Hon. Wm. H Gray III, (former Pres of NAACP and US Congressman) etc.

Just a hint of “HOW connected?” were some of these Board members in philanthropy and in politics:  Both, properly because of their functions, listed “The Honorable” individuals on the 2006 Board, who have both (since) died, with their NYT obituaries giving more than a glimpse into their lives and life histories, as well as with which Presidents they were rubbing shoulders and/or working:  The Hon. William H. Gray III, and The Hon. Leonore Annenberg.

William H. Gray III, Pastor and Lawmaker, Dies at 71
By WILLIAM YARDLEYJULY 2, 2013

William H. Gray III, a third-generation Baptist minister from Philadelphia who won a seat in Congress in 1978 and rose to become the highest-ranking black lawmaker in the country, died on Monday in London. He was 71. | He died while attending the Wimbledon tennis tournament with his son Andrew, said William Epstein, who was Mr. Gray’s communications director in Congress. Mr. Epstein said that Mr. Gray had not been ill and that the cause was not immediately clear. …


Hon. Wm. H Gray III with Pres. Clinton, from NYT 2013 life story (as obituary).

Mr. Gray, who served in the House from 1979 to 1991, was a persistent voice for equal rights, education and services for the poor, in the United States and abroad. He pressed for more economic aid for Africa and was a leading critic of South African apartheid, helping shape United States policy, including sanctions, against that country. He led the House Budget Committee in the 1980s, and his fellow Democrats selected him as majority whip in 1989, the third-ranking House leadership position.Two years later, Mr. Gray surprised many people when he resigned to become president and chief executive of the United Negro College Fund. He went on to lead the nonprofit group to record fund-raising.


“If I wanted money, I would not have become a preacher; I wanted mission,” Mr. Gray said in his first sermon after announcing his resignation, in June 1991. “If I wanted money, I would not have become an educator; I wanted mission. If I wanted money, I would not have gone into public service; I wanted mission. I have never been motivated by money. The reason I am changing careers to be head of the United Negro College Fund is because of its mission.” According to the fund’s Web site, Mr. Gray raised more than $2.3 billion while he led the fund, from 1991 to 2004.

http://history.house.gov/People/Detail/14072 <==READ!  This biography speaks for itself; it’s a short but powerful read, and I don’t see that my quoting parts of it would do justice to the rest of it.  It will also give perspective to what a board position on the AISR in (at least 2006 if not before) meant at that time, given how prominent and successful was this multi-term Congressman, preacher, and fund-raiser, as well as community activitist (around housing) and co-sponsor of the African Development Fund, and more, before his sudden, and it seems, early, death in London at only 77 yrs old.

 

Leonore Annenberg, Philanthropist, Dies at 91 (March 12, 2009 in the New York Times by Robert D. McFadden

Leonore Annenberg, the society doyenne who was President Ronald Reagan’s first chief of protocol and who, with her husband, the ambassador and publisher Walter H. Annenberg, gave away billions to philanthropic causes, died early Thursday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where she had a home. She was 91.

She died with family members at her side at Eisenhower Medical Center, said a family spokeswoman, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Annenberg had been chairwoman and president of the Annenberg Foundation, based outside Philadelphia, since her husband’s death in October 2002. The foundation has given away $4.2 billion to cultural, educational and medical institutions. Forbes magazine estimated her fortune at $1.7 billion.

Born into wealth, married to men with liquor and publishing empires, Mrs. Annenberg lived on a grand scale, with baronial estates, a ranch, a ski lodge and art-filled apartments. Her friends, who called her Lee, were presidents, movie stars, royalty and the crème of society. In a life devoted to charity, Mrs. Annenberg, a porcelain-skinned, meringue-blond hostess, entertained lavishly — and might have never had a real job had it not been for her old friend Ronnie (Reagan….) Not long after his inauguration in 1981, President Reagan nominated Mrs. Annenberg as the United States chief of protocol, with the rank of ambassador, requiring confirmation by the Senate. She sailed through on a 96-to-0 vote and rolled up her Bill Blass sleeves.

Photo accessed thru NYT article, see related link.

Photo accessed thru NYT article, see related link (clicking on first photo leds to another) 3-12-2009 Robt D McFadden article

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

In general, click on that first link in the 2009 NYT article to see related ones, and learn more (Self-explanatory).

From four paragraphs at the Annenberg Foundation listing first her title of “Chief of Protocol for the United States of America,”, these are the middle two paragraphs.  Notice which recognition it lists first, after chairman of the foundation itself:

…She was President and Chairman of the Annenberg Foundation from 2002-2009, a charter member of the Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and a founding member of the governing boards of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Her husband, Walter H. Annenberg, former Ambassador to the Court of St. James, founded these schools. (!!) While in London, Mrs. Annenberg supervised the renovation of the embassy residence and founded the American Friends of Covent Garden.

Mrs. Annenberg was chairman emeritus of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, a private nonprofit, non-partisan foundation established to assist the United States Department of State in procuring and maintaining fine and decorative art, including furniture and paintings for United States Embassies, Chanceries and Ambassadorial residences. In addition, Mrs. Annenberg was a member of The Committee for the Preservation of The White House.

(From a commemorative page on Leonore Annenberg, at UPenn, Annenberg School for Communication) She took some flak in 1981 for curtsying to Prince Charles (!!) (Associated Press photo via Philly.com)

 

(NO image uploaded here, but check it out): AISR as RI Nonprofit Yr2008 Directors (image shows Fndatn Affiliations) viewed April 2017

Because it pre-dates 2007 (obviously), the annual reports (only two shown) before then are available through using the Corp. ID# (the website prompts how), but unfortunately, for AISR (unlike for CES), I do not see access to any founding images, which would reveal what were its prior names.  AND, I have not yet found a corresponding EIN# specific to the AISR, or (yet) determined whether — perhaps because of its educational focus and not acting to actively solicit charitable funds in the state — it is required to register in the state as a Charity. In the process of looking, I found a major (¾ billion total gross assets enough “major” for you?) “Community” foundation (The Rhode Island Foundation) donating specifically to Brown University attention AISR (along with attention other programs) using the main Brown Univ. EIN# 05-0258809, which you will find right in the next table.   See annotations on next excerpt showing donations specific to AISR are going to that main university number. The second image (a “freebie”) points out the highest-paid contractors (and how much) include both Bain Capital Mgmt and an entity in London (the UK) for asset management. Asset Management and Consulting are naturally attracted to managing major assets such as a community foundation like this is likely to have (not to where available, institution and pension funds for universities). Fees are substantial.

Click to see RI Foundation images full size:

[1] RI Community Fndtn (EIN#222604963) SCHED I p 65 showing multiple-program grants to Brown all under main EIN# 05-0258809 (Incl AISR -Providence Childrn+Youth Cabinet) Screen Shot 2017-04-  [2] RI Comm’ty Fndtn (#222604963) FY2015 PtVIIB (p8) Subcontractors incl Bin CapMgmt (535K 433K) Silchester Int’l Invstrs (London) + UMassMedSchool (1M!!) Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 6.49PM

The issue of “does AISR have its own, separate EIN#?” may not be solved by time I publish here, but I’m working on it, as well as furnishing enough information til I feel the post is “OK to Go.” Image [1] above shows it might not be its own EIN#, but doesn’t prove it conclusively.


As usual (below) my standard database source has a trouble keeping the the “organization name” column actually displaying the organization and nothing else — but see EIN# column, they are all the same.

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Brown University – Cogut Center for the Humanities RI 2015 990 76 $5,103,251,337.00 05-0258809
Brown University Sports Foundation RI 2014 990 72 $4,896,703,269.00 05-0258809
Brown University RI 2013 990 63 $4,397,600,917.00 05-0258809

Exempt purpose, from Schedule O:

MISSION STATEMENT TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY, THE NATION, AND THE WORLD BY DISCOVERING, COMMUNICATING, AND PRESERVING  KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING IN A SPIRIT OF FREE INQUIRY, AND BY EDUCATING AND PREPARING STUDENTS TO DISCHARGE THE OFFICES OF LIFE WITH USEFULNESS AND REPUTATION BROWN ACCOMPLISHES THIS THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP OF STUDENTS & TEACHERS IN A UNIFIED COMMUNITY CALLED A UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE

Continuation from its p2 “Program Description” — this is Line4D continuation:

FORM 990, PART I, LINE 4D OTHER PROGRAM SERVICES (EXPENSES $34,813,013) (REVENUE $30,009,997) THE UNIVERSITY ENGAGES IN RESEARCH IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, LIFESCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES THE UNIVERSITY’S RESEARCH NETWORK FEATURES ADVANCED ACADEMIC INSTITUTES, CENTERS AND FACILITIES THAT MAKE OUR WORLD RENOWNED RESEARCH POSSIBLE THESE FACILITIES, WHICH ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO FACULTY AND STUDENTS, ENCOURAGE DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION BY PROVIDING STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES

(also see EIN# 050390989, a Related Entity shown Schedule R (the research foundation)

This one is clearly being run down (to below zero) so I went to look at a much earlier year (and not filing a Form 990EZ!) return (FY2004) for what it might represent (still searching fro AISR traces if any).  Brown U (main) tax return already says it is not reimbursed for paying expenses of its related organizations (which this also verifies), which makes me wonder what purpose there is of having a separate EIN# of such small size and  continuing next to no activity, unless for some sort of back-door funds movement “just in case.”

(This “Nonprofit FindTheCompany.com” page says it was tax-exempt since 1982). Its consistent “draining the assets” status while “supporting” Brown University (although Brown U pays its directors) is curious.  Also how few references to it seem to exist on-line anywhere other than on the main Brown U tax returns as a “Related” entity (above) and an occasional donations from some other foundation (I found three so far) in amounts which are simply not acknowledged by this tax return’s posted returns in those years.  Why would these entities have the non-standard EIN# for Brown U and use it instead of the main one?  What’s really going on? (Have seen this pattern before with other universities, don’t have the answer though).

NonprofitFacts.com confirms the exempt purpose and low assets, and shows something happened between 2011 and 2012 in the form of a chart (the green bars are assets, the last “revenues” (purple bar) was some years ago:

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
BROWN UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION RI 2014 990EZ 15 $0.00 05-0390989
BROWN UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION RI 2013 990EZ 8 $13,062.00 05-0390989
Brown University Research Foundation RI 2012 990EZ 8 $13,302.00 05-0390989

 

SECTION ON CES added April 2017:

Public Presence vs. Back-Office, or at least Corporate/IRS filings Realities (three links provided here and in the image captions).

CES Yr of Demo 2016 archive final yr (ScrnShot 2017-04-02 at 6.57PM <==click to see image full-sized.

Coalition of Essential Schools IRS 990 2008 (YEJun30) EIN#061589409 (since 1998, CA address|Legal Domicile!), P1 thru Line 8 ONLY(Image 2016-12-27 at 4.52PM<==click to see 2008 Tax Return (page 1 annotated) image full-size. (Next image’s link to see full-size==>):
EssentialSchools|org (Coalition for, EIN#061489409) FY2008 [while in Oakland, CA) Form 990, cheating to avoid disclosure of $1’564’793 (of $4M total expenses) Grants to Schools on Lin.    FOR ENTIRE RETURN (NOT MARKED UP) FY2008, CLICK HERE.

CAPTION:  (P1 thru Line 8 ONLY(Image 2016-12-27 at 4.52PM) For full-size) CES, after several years of operation in Oakland (and claiming legal domicile there after going status-revoked (quickly, and needlessly — unless it was intentional) by 2001, is still taking in over $1M of contributions. The next Yr2008 Image will show from the same return how (in a ruse) evaded accounting for over $1M in Grants where it belongs (Pt IX Line 1, “Statement of Expenses” which is accompanied properly by a Sched I when there ARE grants) and instead filled it out near the BOTTOM of that page, as a “Line 24” item which then (per the IRS form) didn’t require a Schedule I showing “TO WHOM.” Instead, the word “Grants” was typed into an “other expenses” while the IRS form itself indicates a desire to learn TO WHOM by prioritizing it under Program-Related Expenses (not to mention as a category in Pt III page 2, on the pre-printed [and electronically available] form). Tricky…. .

EssentialSchools|org (Coalition for, EIN#061489409) FY2008 [while in Oakland, CA) Form 990, cheating to avoid disclosure of $1’564’793 (of $4M total expenses) Grants to Schools on Line 24e. Notice also on next page (Balance Sheet) Line 2, Beginning of year over $2M, end of year, under $1M. The difference is primarily the “Grants to Schools” above in amount of $1.5M. TAX RETURN DOESN’T NAME WHICH SCHOOLS, AND IT’S A NATIONAL ORIENTED ORGANIZATION!

Although there’s a network of “CES” school entities who do not claim related-entity status on their tax returns, this EIN# belongs to the (main) one whose legal domicile, according to the Rhode Island Secretary of State in 1998 was Rhode Island, but by 2000/20001 became status-revoked for failing to maintain a registered agent (which was apparently discovered when a Rhode Island official envelope was returned with an Oakland, California, forwarding address, showing the forwarding time already expired.)… even after a warning.  As an entity, it just “up and left.”

[Links (which resemble long filenames) provided here and in the captions to the images]:

Coalitn of Essential Schools files in RI in 1998, by 2000 notice of revocation for failure to maintain a registered agent (which then did happen!) ||
Sept 25 2000, RI SecState tells CoalitnEssentlSchools (filed in RI only in 1998) to maintain Reg’Agent or else (w|in 60days), this is attached is postmarked Forward (to 1814Frankln#700,O

Image of CES forwarding address expired. Meanwhile in California, claiming CA legal domicile, various IRS filings show a series of different addresses: the one shown here wasn’t the first, or last. Yellow box is my shocked commentary from late Dec. 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s one thing, but another issue also surfaces in their tax returns — obfuscation of grants-giving, and year after year pushing main expenses to the “Other Category” and the “See Statement ##” throughout the return (whether for board of directors, or Other expenses).  Once there, the details still obscure who was paid year after year.   In FY2010 (not legitimized with the State of Rhode Island until 6/2012) it then returned to “legal domicile Rhode Isalnd) on its tax returns, leaving an entity which had functioned in California possibly (hard to tell from the website, which doesn’t show date of change of status, if any) in the state for years claiming RI status which didn’t exist, but using the same EIN# before and after.

RE: Fiscal Year 2008 IRS filing — notice from first image from that return, annotated, above, on Header Information (Pt. L) claimed CA legal domicile at the time while being status-revoked in Rhode Island for the above infraction, apparently). From the consecutive IRS filings (which I just reviewed again April 2017), it seems that only in FY2011 (which year ended June 30, 2012) did they say — after the prior year (FY2010) showing a Rhode Island address again) “Legal Domicile Rhode Island.” Inbetween, there is evasion of accountability within individual tax returns also.

OK, March 2001, CoalitnEssentialSchools (ProvidenceRI) was certified revoked for No Registered Agent|Doct Shows Only Corrected 11yrs+3mos later on 6-13-2012!! (1pg annotated)

Unbelievable Corporate Behavior in RI, documented (Coalition EssentlSchools 2012 correction of No RegAgent status from 2000!)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official certificate of Revocation, March 2001 from Rhode Island: (see CES Mar2001 Revocatn CERTIFICATE (1p) from RI (printedApr6 2017 + image)

PDF linking to all the filings in Rhode Island (links on it may be interactive, I DNK) showing the 2001-2012 gap in filings.  (Watch the Dates column). Read carefully, all pages to grasp the significance, including a page full of stamps, one reading “No Action by Governor.” (This might be further verified elsewhere, I didn’t got that far, so far…).  Image from cover page only, but it’s the pages which follow of more interest.

CES 2012 REINSTATEMT Waiving All Penalties (for 13 Annual Rpts X20 Dollars fees only!) by Legislative Action (Jan 2012) From CES Filings @ Rh Island

 

CES (see “Year of Demonstration” link) may be referring to a calendar or a fiscal year, however, whether FY2016 (not ending til June 30, 2017, still ahead of us) or Calendar Year 2016 (Just recently past) is shown, the latest tax return shown in 990finder (which gets them from the IRS) is only for FY2015, ending (as I now write Apr 2017) over ½ yrs ago, June 30, 2016.  That’d be Fiscal Year 2015.

A quick check on IRS Exempt Check (https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/, selecting all 3 buttons in turn) show:  It’s still showing as valid; has not been revoked, and no Form 990-N postcard (electronic) filings showing, meaning, that doesn’t explain where year 2015 return might be presently.  As the table of tax returns for EIN# 061489409 right below shows, they’re not dealing with major amounts, and might reasonably be under $50K revenues (last year’s shown were only about $58K, in the form of membership dues….).

EIN# 061489409 COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS:

Total results: 3Search Again. (being more recent, NOW it again says “RI” — in conformity with the IRS Select Exempt Check record also (but that doesn’t always equal “legal domicile,” I think).

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Coalition of Essential Schools RI 2015 990 24 $216,650.00 06-1489409
COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS RI 2014 990 19 $219,691.00 06-1489409
COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS RI 2013 990EZ 10 $111,412.00 06-1489409

One reason they may have left Rhode Island (??) is that the state has a very good searchable database on its own corporations — you can search by individuals or registered agents, and more, which would reveal an overlapping network of organizations.   (http://business.sos.ri.gov/corpweb/corpsearch/corpsearch.aspx) (SOS= Sec. of State).

On searching last name “Sizer” (Ted Sizer’s wife Nancy Faust Sizer had been continuing the work) again, I found that the entity, having taken an act of Congress to, with “a wave of the legislative hand,” (paperwork says in January 2012, General Session) “waive” ALL penalties for 13 years of non-filing and reinstate it as though it had never forfeited anything, had (a) moved to MAINE (this probably relates to Director David Ruff, whose “Great Schools Network” at one point had been functioning in place of regular staff for administrative services) and (b) after being status revoked AGAIN for non-filing (a 2015 warning issued), decided to quickly file two more reports, then voluntarily dissolve itself in Dec. 2016, “last seen — all directors (allegedly) are in Portland, Maine:

BELOW THIS LINE = WHERE THE DEC. 2016 DRAFT STARTED and hasn’t been touched much since. It references the “Two LLCs” but as “CES” has been covered above, extensively, and the AISR, that section is mostly blank:


[The dangling images at the bottom have been referenced in other posts during Q1 2017 or the last 3 posts of 2016– see Table of Contents page for, likely, where.]


For a visual of which LLC this post was written to illustrate for another post why identifying the LLCs (For-Profits) in the philanthropic press releases, ongoing publicity and public relations websites on great causes is so critical, I have a short “Finding Automon” section with annotated image.

The other post was involved in the worthy cause of Children Families and Youth (Child Welfare Training), however the illustrations from this post, those “two LLCs” deal with  a different great (as to magnitude, no question, but I don’t necessarily agree about its “great” meaning “worthy” status) causes of first,

(#1) [infinitely] expanding Early Childhood Education, and second,

(#2) inviting private interests (including professionals running private nonprofits deigned to function as the umbrella, supporting, coaching/consulting entities for related  networks of nonprofits) staking out turf in public schools  out of private universities such as Brownfor K-12 (at least) School Reform and Transformation.

Those two examples I had already explored in considerable depth, and posted on them.

What I have not yet posted on is the “Coalition of Essential Schools” as it fits into the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown.”  I am flagging deceitful self-representation THROUGHOUT these P3 networks, and no exceptions particularly if there are PhD’s and prestigious personalities involved.

The blogging context (as characterized in late Dec. 2016 when this post was started)

I just found several social service agencies in California…

including in my home county where life has become a nightmare over the past 15-25 years (domestic violence, filed for separation through restraining order,  the family “conciliation” court aftermath, as I attempted to maintain a safe boundary zone around that work life, complete with a kidnapping event destroying my work income while I attempted in multiple court hearings which increasingly took on the character of a charade — a literal circus — then regain contact with my children through the corrupt and “fatherhood-funding-infused” family court venue, so fascinated with outsourcing people to court-connected corporations) and the same entities campaigning against “parental alienation” have become experts in making it happen, while leveling accusations on a case-by-case basis and (demographically by gender)  towards the targeted nonviolent and law-abiding parent.)

…contributing — donating —  hundreds of thousands of dollars to the $2BILLION Casey Family Programs in Seattle, Washington, an entity which clearly has no need of donations (take a look at page 1 of that return, below!), and whose CEO (William C. Bell) in the year ending 2014, was paid a salary of over $1,000,000, plus $51K benefits or “other compensation.”  His benefits are enough to feed a small family for a year.

Found on the Schedule B to the above tax return.    When an organization files a 990PF it seems more likely to show the Schedule B of major Contributors along with the tax return.  Public charities sometimes volunteer this info, or post a redacted (name of contributor) on their websites, but don’t have to (although it seems at least in California and probably in other states, they have to at least tell the state authority over foundations or nonprofits operating as a public charity.)

Casey Family Programs in Seattle helped sponsor the “So Cal” conference I reference in the annotated image of this post on “Automon Software Solutions, LLC” characterized however in the sponsor ship page as just “Automon.”  I don’t have a tax return covering the year 2016 from Casey Family, but for 2014, I see that $145,000 went as “other professional fees” to several organizations, among them, the NCCD.  So the tax return says they were paid professionals of Casey Family Programs, but the NCCD website says it was a sponsor alongside Casey Family Programs.  Maybe both are true independently.

How do you express anything but indignation and constantly speaking out about the scenario?  Take a look!

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Casey Family Programs WA 2014 990PF 47 $2,244,074,790.00 91-0793881

 

Finding “AUTOMON”

Search Arizona Corporation Commission (http://ecorp.azcc.gov/Search) for what was labeled only “Automon” on the “sponsoring organizations” website to see it’s a foreign (out of state) LLC with stated business purpose  “software sales and service.”

These master pages are clear enough, but when clicked, the images are nearly impossible to read (i.e., lousy clarity, whether read 100% or zoomed to larger sizes). The Arizona LLC filing identifier is R15496056.  Details shows we have here a Delaware-based Automon, LLC which filed a handwritten application for registration in Arizona in 2010 as “Automon Software Solutions, LLC” identifying its business as “Software Sales and Service.”   There are a few changes of address, and a member change in early 2015 to add “Automon Corporation” alongside “Thomas M. Jones” as the LLC’s members.  I’m curious why “Automon Corporation” didn’t show up in the initial name search on Active entities:

Click here to read comments on the imageautomon-llc-deregistr-2010-in-az-as-automonsoftwaresolutionsllc-r15496056adds-member-%22automon-corp%22-to-existing-single-human-being-member-thomasmjones2-difft-scottsdale-addrsee-also-2016
Only by being aware of a certain corporation (nonprofit — but it’s still a corporation!) having held (convened, whatever you might call it) an October, 2016 Conference on Children, Youth and Families, did I become aware of, or have any interest whatsoever in its fourth named sponsoring Automon.  My attention was further grabbed after looking at the third sponsor and again being shocked at the blatant mis-use of the IRS tax-exempt status, not to mention Form, accompanied by misleading website, one hidden (not clearly mentioned on the leading-edge website) and doing this while working for the State of Ohio to coordinate regional trainings involving life-and-death matters, and recoveries from serious abuse and injuries for children.

Part of my interest also came in that it was such an unknown to me, yet had achieved a prominent recognition by at least two billion-dollar (assets) tax-exempts in California, and another (which until I posted was ALSO unknown) obscure nonprofit in Ohio, one which apparently comes in triplicate form out of the same street address and run by (basically) the same two individuals.  So we had in that one conference, so far, FIVE major entities:  In whose name it was held (NCCD), two big fat sponsors (The California Endowment and Casey Family Programs), and the Ohio nonprofit NARCCW, and “Automon.”   In the Ohio case, I haven’t yet identified and explored the people behind the “LLC” listed as one sponsor of an October 2016 NCCD Conference participant with an Arizona address but Delaware legal domicile.


Posts by format can be long and strung-out to edit and format, not just to read.  So, five days before Christmas, in hoping to get one published, I reluctantly (it makes more work!) moved a short section, referring to repeated patterns of organization among P3 (Public Private Partnership) networking to Improve, Transform, Reform or Fix (often translated why the public should “invest more in”) public institutions.

Apparently the deal is, private sectors will invest some and federal agencies, and state, some (a whole lot in fact) more, beyond what these institutions already have invested in them simply because they are public institutions, representing government service delivery as their purpose.

This is called philanthropy and charity, although I’m finding that many times, the philanthropists prefer to keep their holdings under tighter control in private operating foundations, (Form 990PFs are filed, not Form 990s representing public charities). In addition, there’s also a major emphasis on the tax-exempt, for obvious reasons (wealth is naturally attracted to places that produce less, not more, taxation on corporate operations or investment dividends, interest, securities, capital gains, and all that).  But, there is typically a nice for-profit around there somewhere, often as an LLC (even if an LLC owned by a nonprofit).

So….

From my draft  post titled in part  A Tale of 3 Ohio Nonprofits (cause: child welfare trainings), in illustrating principles I consider important…

Always make a note of the related (per IRS Form) or (per IRS form) “disregarded” businesses — for example, LLCs — amid any congregation of tax-exempt entities (big and/or small) dealing with public institutions, agencies, or systems to improve, reform, or transform them.  Or, these may exist simply as independent subcontractors, or otherwise.

Always find the non-profit, the for-profit entity (or expense category on a nonprofit), when fixing, developing transforming or reforming public institutions are the playing field or the target market niche.

[“fixing, developing, transforming or reforming public institutions” better described as “cause under which programming is sold.”  The target market niche are those institutions, behind which the target is, “the public” itself who funds the public institutions through taxation, functional or dysfunctional, taxes are still collected regularly to keep them going.

And when evidence of obfuscation is found en route to [a] identifying the to/from and [b] putting it in a timeframe (chronological order among the various entities formed), always flag the situation; make a clear note of it.

[“Always pay attention to where and how assets are accumulating, how accounted for” is another principle, but not the main point for this post, or the following illustrations.]

…my recently posted examples from the causes of expanding and transforming Early Childhood Education (0 to 5), and School Reform (K-12, especially urban school systems) naturally came to mind.  See my last three published posts, and Table of Contents page on “First 5” things for points of reference.  This post then illustrates a repeating pattern of LLCs in relationship to nonprofits targeting transformation of public institutions.

In these somewhat complex situations, Can You Identify Existing Entities and Find In Which Direction is the Money Flowing (including any obvious loopholes for inappropriate, ongoing diversions, or “Bermuda Triangle” accounting practices, i.e., where the dots should connect, they cannot be connected?).

Only after at least making the attempt to find the money movement — and as this has a From/To, this involves identifying the existing From/To entities AND the From/To means of transfer — in these “Transform, reform, fix and improve” P3s (Public Private Partnerships) in business and accounting terms,is anyone is in a position to judge and effectively communicate how authentic is the Moral/Ethical Concern for the Poor, as expressed colorfully and with graphics, important titles, and logos, across colorful and sometimes highly-developed websites and from prominent people associated (here) with some fine universities.

In places where the sun doesn’t shine so brightly, something which it appears was also intentional, is a corresponding moral/ethical concern for the public in evidence?  With enough backing (and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform certainly started out with a lot — $50 Million, and Brown University’s prestige to go with it), anyone can sound and look good, but what is the backdrop?


COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS FILING FIASCOES (deceits both with the State of Rhode Island and with the IRS on at least a few tax returns seen.   Update:  signature on one of said filings belongs to a person [George Wood] who in the State of Ohio (and running two small nonprofits, one of which was mentioned in biographies or memorials of CES founder (Harvard/Yale/Brown connected) Ted Sizer, i.e., “Forum for Democracy and Education” and (only through reading all available tax returns did I actually find) “The Common Ground Foundation.”  Apparently in Ohio, one only has to certify existence every 5 years.

It was just A Tale of Two LLCs, however one of them already intersected with another nonprofit (Coalition of Essential Schools — I have a post started already) found misbehaving significantly in the nation’s smallest state — Rhode Island), with a major Brown University connection, in fact it seems a Brown Professor (Theodore Sizer) was involved in both.

So, from what I did investigate on the Two LLCs, and by so far what seems to characterize the “Coalition of Essential Schools,” with its Annenburg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, I stand by all the descriptors in this title.

A Tale of Two LLCs (and One Brown University Institute): Fronting the Causes, Burying-Moving-Renaming-Abandoning/Reinstating-Geographically Dispersing and Building Umbrella Organizations (a.k.a. Shelters) for the Networks Actual Fiscal Identities and Relationships#

Within one country’s borders, the United States of America, (and within its state borders also) we have to and should make up our minds individually and personally (that’s where minds are to be made up, not in group-think, not constantly “under the influence” of paid for publicity without enough coherent, relevant information to make a sound decision, and being unaware of the ongoing ramifications of such decisions made), whether to continue to “float” passively and hand over tough and time-consuming cognitive tasks to the mutually self-congratulating, and at times self-appointed (social science, etc.) experts, who a closer look often shows are in fact are also in a sense DUI, “driving under the influence” — of funding, and potential future profits, social status, and perhaps the need to feel good about themselves and superior to others in helping the poor regardless of who they hook up with in conference, or corporately).

 


THIS SECTION, DIFFERENT SUBJECT MATTER, IS TO SHOW TWO EXAMPLES OF LLCs WORKING CLOSELY WITH NONPROFITS RUN BY THE SAME PEOPLEAND APPARENTLY FUNCTIONING  (EXAMPLE #1) TO OBSCURE THE CONTROLLING 501©3s RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NONPROFIT.  (EXAMPLE #2), THE LLC IS NAMED UP FRONT, BUT NO PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO OTHER MAJOR INVOLVEMENTS WITH “ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION” by SAME INDIVIDUALS, i.e., how large is that network, really?

***”Alliance for Excellent Education” features an ex-West Virginia Governor on the board, and has had connections with “ConnectEd: The California Partnership for Career and College,” a nonprofit (see my mid-November 2016 post on this) which flaunted California laws about charities (i.e., they need to register timely — this one waited five years!) and which took $9M major corporate (tax-exempt) funding from another big foundation in the State (James Irvine Foundation) in 2011. Also, a drill-down on the Alliance for Excellent Education and its related 501©4s shows an “extra” (questionable purpose for its existence other than to provide another layer between source and destination of funding) 501© entity.

[UPDATE 2017 — I’ve already posted and done more drill-downs on this entity, see TOC for 2017 for more info, and probably some on the last three posts of 2016 also]

Not blogged yet, but I found yet another one — tied closely to Brown University in Rhode Island, “Coalition for Essential Schools” — filed (RI) in 1998, was permission to do business there revoked by 2001 (!!) and stayed that way until 2012, when it re-instated itself, after a “sabbatical” (or whatever you may call it) in — this seems a common destination for corrupt corporate behavior — Oakland, California.  The RI entity had failed to maintain a registered agent and was given a fair 60 days warning to fix this.  The registered agent is a requirement so the entities can be served, if it comes up, in lawsuits (!!).

In other words, pretending that by virtue of being in high places and having lofty goals to help low-income families, means the founding individuals and promoters are actually ethical, at this point, is just plain stupid!

Whether or not I get around to posting on Coalition for Essential Schools and its connection to, say, The Annenburg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, (They abbreviate it “AISR”) I have just posted enough information for a reasonably computer-literate person (“search, click, read, consider what you are seeing, pay attention to details, repeat”) to follow up.

 

From the “Who We Are” (organization website f AISR at Brown U) page, the pictures are large and the print is small, but for seeing fiscal and business purposes, the print is more important — is it a unit at a private Ivy League University, or a separate organization, and if so, what kind?   Putting together people, dates, and places is all part of the process as well.  Theodore Sizer connected to the Coalition, but (see website), the Institute at Brown started with a $50M gift from Ambassador Walter Annenburg, spearheading a $500M campaign to improve public education.  Perhaps if the pictures are memorable enough, people will not bother getting around to reviewing the business and fiscal operations and networks?

Is the “Institute” also an entity? It claims “organization” status, so maybe.  But how competitive might it be with other independent entities, when the jump start is a $50M contribution from a famous person and the association is with a well-known PRIVATE Ivy League university (which didn’t even admit women until well into the 1900s, probably (I did look up but DNR) in the 1970s, like other similar ones…).

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Below photo, caption reads “The (AISR at Brown U) is a national policy-researh and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities.” and below that, reference to “smart education systems”, and to the right under “Who We Are”, ‘Smart Education Systems.” So there’s the sales phrase.


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MATERIAL BELOW HERE, WRITTEN IN ORIGINAL DRAFT 12/26/2016 (or shortly after).  I AM NOT RE-WORKING ANY OF IT WHEN FINISHING THIS POST FOR REFERENCE/INCLUSION IN ONE TO BE PUBLISHED 4/5/2017, IDEALLY, WHICH HAS MORE BACKGROUND (BUT NOT DETAILED ANNOTATED TAX RETURNS AND CORPORATE FILINGS, AT LEAST NOT MOST OF THEM) ON THE CES AND ON THE AISR.

Or, the “Jobin-Leeds Partnership for Democracy and Education, LLC” (<=link to “Programs of” page) featuring on its website what turns out to be numerous 501©3s, 501©4s, but is itself not a nonprofit.  Described with some images below; but in more detail on (FFYF) “Table of Contents 2016” + “4th Quarter Review Pt. 2” (published Dec. 13 along with separately Pt. 1).

In this case I was already on the trail of certain nonprofits, and it was through the earlier returns showing the specific family question and looking for the featured foundation named after the parents (of one of the couples) that I found the Partnership web page above.  Part of the difficulty locating the “Schott Foundation for Public Education” was that it had changed its name to “Fund” meanwhile.  As I recall.  Also notable on the “partnership” website is a dearth of references to any financials on the multiple programs; anything which might facilitate a viewer “connecting the dots” to Secretary of State filings (by providing state names for example) or IRS filings (by posting one, or an EIN# on the “Donate” page).

Some images and maybe text on those two examples of the role of the LLCs in the company of multiple nonprofits which may be each individually soliciting funds, and moving them around and between each other (notice I said MAY be based on the general practice, not specific to these).  Also, keep in mind that LLCs may have “sole members” and those members can be nonprofits.  Where there is common board or leadership, certain documents will eventually reveal this, but when an alliance may be more referral-based (mutual-interest moreso than single corporation controlling a small empire through multiple controlled entities), such as seems to be the case with the NCCD conference involving ONE of those “3 Ohio Nonprofits,” it might be a little harder to visualize as a cohesive, planned business operation.

(1) First Five Years Fund example (quote from my TOC posts has the images; it references Post #52 (in 2016) which talks more about the situation:

52 **4th Quarter 2016 Review, Part 2, of Who’s Pushing Things “First 5” (and K12) Public School “Transformation,” incl. Ounce of Prevention Fund (Sticky, publ. 12-13-2016) Dec. 13, 2016

“First 5” in many contexts refers to the First Five Years of Life, kids aged 0 to 5.  In December 2015, the White House held a Summit on Early Childhood Education involving of course key personnel, a campaign labeled “INVEST IN US.”  An organization “First Five Years Fund” speaks of this, but tactically avoids revealing who, what, or where it is.  I eventually discover that it is NOT a nonprofit, but an LLC controlled by a nonprofit called “Ounce of Prevention Fund” in Illinois, as follows (click the three links to see images below the links from Illinois “Cyberdrive.com” (Corp/LLC search on-line) in better focus and full-sized):

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<== The current push for accelerating all school transformation and “early childhood education” (ECE) as part of international development (judging by who’s involved) is part of global planning for population control, for the purposes of those involved in pushing for this accelerating; generally speaking, maintaining AND expanding personal and corporate profits.  


(2) From other recent posts, and the “Jobin-Leeds Partnership…, LLC” example”


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