Innovative High Tech School Backed by Mark Zuckerberg is Shutting Down

MAX VENTILLA. FOUNDER OF ALTSCHOOLS.

Silicon Valley was supposed to disrupt education, but economics is getting in the way. “Personalized learning” hasn’t been able to turn a profit, even with multimillion dollar susidies from celebrity CEOs.

The promise was huge. That well-known racial gap in learning was going to be bridged through individual lesson plans and progress reports.

How foolish!

Bloomberg

Max Ventilla sold investors on a promise to build modern, technology-infused schools that would revolutionize education. The former Google executive convinced Mark Zuckerberg and prominent venture capitalists to commit $175 million to his startup, AltSchool. The company built at least nine grade schools in California and New York, some equipped with ceiling-mounted video cameras, an abundance of computers, custom apps, robots and 3D printers.

But five years after opening, the for-profit venture has yet to solve a basic business equation. Despite charging about $30,000 for tuition, AltSchool’s losses are piling up as it spends at a pace of about $40 million per year. The San Francisco company is now scaling back its ambitions for opening elementary schools around the U.S. and will instead close at least one location. In an interview, Ventilla said it’s all part of the plan. The startup is shifting its focus to selling technology to other schools, a business which has struggled to date but that he said has a more promising future.

Venture investors spent $2.35 billion on education-technology startups globally last year, according to research firm CB Insights. But companies haven’t come up with a formula students will embrace or that can be deployed efficiently and profitably. The hype around online education has largely dissipated as dropout rates skyrocketed. Coursera Inc., backed by more than $200 million, cut staff last week and shook up the executive ranks, technology website Recode reported.

AltSchool’s pitch to investors was somewhat old-school. Ventilla wanted to build physical classrooms with first-rate teachers and complement them with “personalized” learning technology, so educators can tailor lessons for each child. At Google, Ventilla was in charge of an effort linking a user’s search history, emails, Maps usage and YouTube viewing habits into a single profile. He envisioned a similar approach to elementary schools.

With ample financial backing, including a $40 million round in May, AltSchool leased space in some of the country’s most expensive neighborhoods, hired experienced educators and recruited coders to build software for tracking classwork, evaluating students, ordering supplies, requesting IT support and communicating with parents. Ventilla had plans to expand in cities around the nation and license the technology. “We’ve literally built an operating system for a 21st century school system,” he said in 2015.

Inside the company, there was a struggle between the logistical demands of opening and operating schools, and the challenges of building technology that could be sold to educators across the U.S., said a former employee, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private. Both initiatives are expensive. The software side won, and the company began shrinking the team in charge of school operations last year by cutting employees and not filling jobs after people leave. School sites in San Francisco were also consolidated, and plans for a Chicago location were called off.

Although the company touts the magic of its technology, two parents said their children benefited more from the extensive attention of talented teachers and small class sizes. There are multiple instructors per class, and the school places a premium on interdisciplinary projects, like building a model house that can withstand different weather—a task that incorporates current events, science, engineering and budgeting.

New Yorker’s in depth look at Altschools from a year and a half ago described the program when optimism was still high. An enterprising reporter went into the classroom to observe and found that tech in the classroom is a mixed bag of benefits and drawbacks.

The silver bullet that’s going to turn every kid into a genius remains elusive.

Woman Teacher Arrested for Sex Romps inside classroom with Female Student

JACLYN TRUMAN, AGE 30. ACCUSED OF SEX IN CLASS.

WFTV reports that Jaclyn Truman has been released from jail on $40,000 bail. Prior to her recent resignation, she taught sign language.

New York Post

A Florida teacher was arrested Friday after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student last year.

Jaclyn Truman, 30, allegedly had a two-month relationship with a 15-year-old female student last year while Truman was serving as a long-term substitute teacher at Hagerty High School in Seminole County, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The student told deputies form the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office she and the Truman had sex “multiple times” in the high school from March to May 2016, WFTV reported.

A report was filed on Oct. 4 and Truman was placed on leave from Lake Howell High, where she was then teaching, after Child Protective Services called the school, WFTV reported.

The educator resigned from her position at the school Thursday and turned herself in to police the same day, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Officials said Truman was cooperating with the investigation.

Truman was charged with “two counts of lewd acts on a minor student” and was placed in the Seminole County Jail. Her bail was set at $40,000, the sheriff’s office said.

While I could find no information on Truman’s marital status, I did find this photo of her and an unidentified toddler.

Bob Kealing, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Truman taught at a few schools in the Seminole County school district.

Michael Lawrence, the Seminole County Public Schools spokesman, said a background check was done before Truman was hired full-time and the check came back clean.

WFTV adds this to the story:

Truman declined to comment as she walked out of the Seminole County Jail Friday.

Truman is the fifth Hagerty High School staff member to be arrested in the past three years.

In 2014, an assistant foodball coach was arrested on charges of having sexual contact with a student and a teacher’s aid was arrested for unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

In 2015, a dean was arrested for soliciting prostitution and a social studies teacher was arrested for sending nude photos to a teen online.

That high school is a hotbed of hot beds.

I looked up the school. It’s 71 percent white, 16 percent Latino.

I also found her youtube channel, where she uses sign language.

Check out the tattoos.

Link to WFTV video news report.

The Mirror has also picked up this story.

Gambling Addict: Woman Teacher Accused of Stealing $30K from School

LYDIA CHRISTINE JOHNSON. TAKE A CHANCE, SHE SAID TO HERSELF.

In traditional America, if you wanted to gamble you needed to know the phone number of a bookie or the address where illegal gambling was taking place, with the police bribed to look the other way.

Today, the state approves of gambling in order to skim off the profits for itself, with the Jewish-owned businesses supporting gambling profiting handsomely from its legalization.

The Jews sold gambling by promoting the idea that the profits would be allocated to the public schools. Smart!

Too bad that some people will steal to get money to gamble. People like Lydia Christine Johnson, who’s facing up to 10 years in prison.

Yahoo News

A Michigan high school teacher has been accused of stealing more than $30,000 from the school for which she worked and reportedly used the embezzled money at a Detroit casino. Authorities accused her of stealing $12,500 of the hefty sum from a camping trip funded by students and parents.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said Lydia Christine Johnson, 29, was arraigned Thursday and charged with “embezzling from a non-profit organization” after she allegedly nabbed $19,000 from the Dakota High School’s homecoming account, according to The Detroit News.

Johnson taught math and Spanish at Dakota High School in Macomb Township, according to Smith. The prosecutor said she worked as the school’s student activity coordinator from July 1, 2016, until the school removed her. Johnson monitored the funds for student events, including the Homecoming dance and the trip of Camp Tamarack.

“This teacher held a position of trust within the high school,” Smith said in a statement. “She repaid that trust by feeding student funds into a slot machine.”

Ticket sales for the dance grossed almost 30,000, but Johnson only deposited 11,000 into the school’s bank account, Smith said. Authorities searched her classroom and uncovered multiple cash deposit envelopes that were emptied.

“A search of Johnson’s classroom revealed several homecoming cash deposit envelopes that were torn open but empty,” the investigator’s office said in a statement. “Johnson’s bank records also show 2016 cash deposits far in excess of her salary.”

Investigators attained documents from the MCM Grand Detroit casino that indicated Johnson spent over $90,000 on penny slots in 2016. Johnson’s home had casino receipts and empty Homecoming Dance envelopes, Smith said.

School officials fully cooperated with the investigation, Ron Roberts, the Chippewa Valley School Superintendent said, according to Detroit News.

“We will do whatever it takes to ensure that our board policies are followed and that our employees are acting in the best interest of our school community,” Roberts said.

Chippewa Valley Schools said Johnson on May 3 was placed on administrative leave “when district administrators discovered some accounting discrepancies in the school’s activities fund.”

“Pursuant to District Policies regarding administrative leaves, the teacher was prohibited from being on any school premises, attending any school events, and having contact with any students or staff members without prior permission from Central Administration,” a statement from the school district said.

“Administrators also contacted the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department to ask for their assistance. The Sheriff’s Department has been in the process of conducting a thorough investigation into the matter,” the statement added. “The District has cooperated with the Sheriff’s Department during its investigation, and has turned over all relevant evidence. The District will continue to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Department and Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.”

A Shelby Township court judge placed her bond at $10,000 and scheduled a court date for Oct. 5. Johnson faces a 10-year prison sentence if convicted.

The modern (((state))) encourages you to do something and then when you do it they put you in prison. The System if rigged against the little man and the little woman.

Lucky for me, I’ve avoided all gambling, although in the 90s I did buy one $1 lottery ticket as an experiment. I’ve never bought another one.

Teacher Accused of ‘violently snatching’ Male Nog Who Wouldn’t Stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Damn. If America could get rid of its trouble making, perpetually aggrieved blacks, and a selection of Jews who encourage hostility to America, then we working white folks might be able to enjoy some peace.

As it stands, there’s daily agitation hitting the news. It never stops.

In Michigan a black boy says his teacher (presumably white) got rough with him when he wouldn’t stand for the playing of the national anthem.

The first issue is whether the boy is telling the truth. I know it’s hard to believe, but the Negroid race is known for lying and for drama.

The Supreme Court has said that students do not have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance if they don’t want to, so the legality of the boy’s behavior isn’t in question.

What I would question is why is a Negro boy in a public school if he’s unwilling to support the system that allows him to attend. What would be best for all is if he were home schooled. Alternatively, put him in a segregated space where his sh*t doesn’t bother others, including teachers.

Washington Post via NOLA

A teacher in eastern Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after she was accused of “violently snatching” a sixth-grade student from his chair as he stayed seated for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Brian Chaney of Farmington Hills, Michigan, said a teacher consultant forced his 11-year-old son, Stone, to stand for the pledge late last week at East Middle School. Chaney called the action a violation of his son’s civil rights, explaining that Stone had been making a personal decision not to salute the American flag – but to honor God and his family – for the past several years.

It had not been a problem, his father said, until now.

“When you put your hands on kids and force your own way of thinking, that’s not right,” Chaney told The Washington Post on Friday (Sept. 15).

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Teacher Who Called Kids NAZIs For Wearing MAGA Shirts Fired

Score one for our side. Our side being common sense. Students are routinely allowed to denigrate President Trump, but not to support him.

A reasonable person might be suspicious that a teacher who believes that MAGA equals “Nazi” is a Jew. Or they could simply be a liberal suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The Gateway Pundit

Lyn Orletsky, a math teacher at River Ridge High School in Cherokee County Georgia, was recently caught on tape berating students and kicking them out of class simply for wearing Make America Great Again shirts. In the incredibly troubling video below, Orletsky is heard comparing the notion of believing in this country to Nazism: “Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear Make America Great Again like that.” The patriotic students were then humiliated and asked to leave the classroom.

Watch on youtube if you prefer:

While the Superintendent of Schools apologized for the (illegal) actions of this tax-payer funded teacher, the parents were not having it. They took to social media and demanded that Orletsky be fired for this sick display. Luckily, that is exactly what happened.

More via Turning Point USA:

TPN was tipped off to Orletsky’s termination by an anonymous source from within River Ridge High School. Through this source, we have been able to obtain a letter sent to the parents of Orletsky’s students notifying that they have terminated her position and are starting a search for a new teacher.

Independently, Turning Point News was able to confirm that this letter is authentic and comes from a reputable source close to the situation.

“The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you with an update on your child’s math class,” the letter signed by school principal Darrell Herring reads. “Ms. Orletsky no longer is your child’s math teacher, effective immediately.”

The letter also informs that the school is searching for an “experienced educator to teach these classes for the rest of the school year.”

Reportedly, according to the letter, Herring informed teachers and faculty at River Ridge High School of “all federal and state laws restricting political activity among teachers” at public, taxpayer funded schools.

There are more teachers who need to be reined in. But we drain the swamp of these tyrants one at a time.

Asian Teacher Who Punched a Neo-Nazi Says It Isn’t a Crime

YVETTE FELARCA. VIOLENT LOON.

In general, courts do not like novel legal theories.

Professional agitator Yvette Felarca has proposed a novel legal theory. If you violently attack a person that she considers to be a fascist, then all is well since you’ve done nothing criminal.

In all honesty, this Filipina (or whatever ethnicity she is) may pick up one paycheck from the public school system, but she surely picks up cash on the side from her gig as a loud-mouthed agitator for Communist causes. Soros money?

Huffington Post

A middle school teacher in Berkeley, California, accused of punching a neo-Nazi during a 2016 protest is arguing that standing up to fascism is not a crime.

Yvette Felarca, 47, was arrested last month for her involvement in a June 2016 anti-fascist demonstration held in Sacramento.

Felarca, who is a member of an activist group called By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), has been charged with felony assault, as well as two misdemeanor counts of inciting and participating in a riot, according to KPIX TV.

Footage of the demonstration appears to show Felarca repeatedly punching a member of the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group described as ”a front for neo-Nazi sympathizers” by ABC 10. The taller man is holding up his hands while trying to get police officers to help. Other protesters drag the man to the ground before the police intervene.

At her arraignment last week, Felarca told the court that the charges against her are false and should be dropped.

“Standing up against fascism and the rise of Nazism and fascism in this country is not a crime,” she said. “We have the right to defend ourselves.”

Back in 2016, Felarca told reporters that the goal of the demonstration was to “shut down the Nazi scum.”

“They are organizing to attack and kill us,” she said at the time, according to Al Jazeera. “So we have a right to self-defense. … That is why we have to shut them down by any means necessary.”

Felarca told the Los Angeles Times back then that her group’s protest was a success because it chased away the neo-Nazis and kept them from recruiting new members.

Felarca’s next scheduled court date is Oct. 4.

She is scheduled to teach at her Berkeley middle school when the students return later this month and cannot be legally fired unless she is convicted of a felony, according to KPIX TV.

Tucker was a little off his game in this interview with Felarca.

Read an earlier saboteur post on BAMN and Felarca here.

BAMN TATTOO.

Male Teacher of the Year’s Sex Parties for Boys Sends Him on 10 Year “Vacation”

JARED ANDERSON. 10 YEARS IN GAY PARADISE. PLANS TO BEND OVER A LOT.

The story of a queer teacher’s sex parties attended by naked young males unfolded on the northeast side of San Antonio, Texas. Why a teacher would think that group sex with boys could remain a secret for long is unclear. I suppose that the teacher was retarded.

The unique twist to the sex parties is that the teacher was also a group leader at the church where the boys were members.

If you can’t trust a church leader, who can you trust?

New York Post

A former high school teacher who hosted sex parties for teenage boys — including a “bros night” that featured a front-door sign urging them to get naked — has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jared Anderson, who was honored as teacher of the year at Judson High School in Texas just two months prior to his arrest in March 2016, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual performance by a child and two count of indecency with a child by exposure as part of a plea deal about one month ago, attorney Eduardo Garcia told the San Antonio Express-News.

Anderson, 29, taught English at the high school in the San Antonio suburb of Converse for about a year. Police said two victims told authorities that Anderson had been hosting parties for several months at his home that involved sexually charged games with multiple boys.

Anderson’s arrest led school officials to recall yearbooks in order to remove a page that cited him as Teacher of the Year just two months earlier, the Express-News reports. He was later indicted on several counts of sexual performance by a child and was placed on administrative leave by schools officials before being fired.

Anderson hosted one party at his home on Feb. 12, 2016, that he called a “bros night,” with seven boys ranging from 15 to 17 years old, a San Antonio police spokesman told the newspaper. A sign on the door of the home read: “The last one to get naked has to get the first dare.”

All of the boys eventually got undressed before Anderson coerced them into lewd conduct, WOAI reports.

Anderson, who admitted hosting the parties at the time of his arrest, was also a group leader at a local church, where all seven of the victims were members, according to KSAT.

“He wanted to be accepted by them and so he was willing to do whatever it took,” church counselor Ian Vassiloras testified during Anderson’s sentencing hearing Monday.

Anderson had been undergoing intense therapy since his arrest, Vassiloras said.

“He’s human,” Vassiloras testified. “There might be some little tidbits popping up, but it will never lead him down this path again.”

Garcia had asked a judge for deferred adjudication, a form of probation, but prosecutors argued he was a “horrible” candidate for that type of sentencing.

“My only recourse is to give you 10 years or give you probation,” Judge Steve Hilbig said. “And frankly, sir, I don’t believe you deserve deferred adjudication.”

Anderson faced up to 20 years in prison, the Express-News reports. In addition to 10 years in prison, he was fined $9,000, according to court records.

The counseling brought up in the story is probably a ploy to get a reduced sentence. It will prove very difficult for Jared to refrain from pursing boys once he’s released. Degeneracy is a real curse.