Thursday, March 9, 2017

The beginning of the middle of the eventual end of Say Yes to Education in Guilford County

"Say Yes to Education Guilford may soon have to start saying "no" to some students who were expecting to qualify for funding for the program that helps pay college tuition costs for students graduating from Guilford County Schools.

That's because the first-year cost of the Say Yes Guilford program has turned out to be much higher than estimated - and that giant shortfall has Say Yes Guilford administrators scrambling to find ways to keep the program functioning in the same manner as promised when it gained backing from the community partners who have bought into Say Yes over the past two years.

But they still won't say how much higher,
what they paid out, and how much money they actually have

Say Yes is a program that provides high school graduates with the "last dollars" needed to reach the total required payment for college tuition.  In cases where students have grants or scholarships, the Say Yes money makes up any shortfall; and in cases where students have no money or scholarships available to them, Say Yes pays the entire tuition at a participating school.

...The Say Yes model calls for the program to provide those last dollars to students who enroll at participating colleges - regardless of a family's income or financial status.  The program has done that so far for students who entered college in the fall semester of 2016 and spring semester of 2017.  However, it has become clear that doing so is costing much more than was estimated, and now, behind the scenes, Say Yes Guilford is reevaluating its model and putting all options on the table.

Say Yes misled the public and elected representatives
and now they are reneging on the bullshit about giving every kid money,
as it was a Ponzi from the start, but our 'leaders' bought it hook, line and sinker   

Changes to the program could include means-testing applicants, increasing the length of time a student must be in Guilford County schools before qualifying, paying a percentage of the last dollars rather than 100 percent of those costs or limiting access to the program in other ways to bring down the quickly mounting costs.

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan is directly responsible,
as she ushered in a sweet deal for former Greensboro employees,
giving Mary Vigue and Donnie Turlington free office space at the downtown library

The giant shortfall in the first year of the program has created a major sense of urgency among Say Yes Guilford officials.

They lied through their teeth 

The same Guilford County high school graduates who entered school this year will presumably need that same last-dollar funding for the next three years and there will be more students entering the program this fall as new high school graduates take advantage of the program.

Thanks for the shout out Scott

One big problem with changing the model is that county businesses and community partners have donated millions based on the current model, and the Guilford County Board of Education, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, the Greensboro City Council and others have agreed to participate based on the model in which all students have access to the program.

Any changes in the program have major implications.  Some families have moved to Guilford County based on the promise of Say Yes funding for college while others have held off moves until their children have graduated from high school.  Some upcoming graduates are making decisions about where they will attend school in the fall based on the promise of Say Yes Guilford funding.

...Say Yes Guilford recently announced that Mary Vigue, the group's executive director, had stepped down and no reason was given for the move.  Also, at a recent Guilford County school board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, school board members pressed Say Yes Guilford for more complete information about the number of students currently being served by the program.

Mary Vigue represented the City of Greensboro on the committee 
to find a Say Yes Guilford director, 
and pulled a Dick Cheney with permission from City executives and City Council,
and took the job for herself, and no one reported it except for EZGreensboro

Say Yes Communications and Marketing Director Donnie Turlington did not shed any light on Vigue's departure, but he said that Say Yes Guilford plans to offer more complete data to the school board and others by the end of March.

Which they promised by the end of January in 2016

"We're still crunching and tabulating the numbers," Turlington said of students served and the amount of money paid so far.

Bullshit

...According to Turlington, Say Yes Guilford has raised $42 million in pledges and commitments and so far it has helped pay the tuition of over 2,000 students.

In late 2016, Turlington and Skip Moore said Say Yes Guilford
has no more than a little over $10 million in hand, 
so the Rhino's Scott Yost got played on it, or he's waiting for another story
as this thing's got legs  

...Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Jeff Philips said he was surprised recently by the news that Vigue would no longer be director.

"There is some caution - obviously there's concerns when you hear the Say Yes director depart in that way," Phillips said.  "Most of us don't know why that took place."

Phillips said that he's maintaining "cautious optimism as we move into the future" with regard to the program..."

http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/rhino-times/march-9-2017/2017030801/#6
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John Hammer at the Rhino Times is starting to get the fcukedupness of Say Yes to Education


http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2017/03/john-hammer-at-rhino-times-is-starting.html

Former City of Greensboro Assistant Manager Mary Vigue used her position to personally profit via Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/09/former-city-of-greensboro-assistant.html

Guilford school board seeks more information from Say Yes

http://www.greensboro.com/news/schools/guilford-school-board-seeks-more-information-from-say-yes/article_dcde8eee-fcdb-5c3a-99d7-1447ae62d009.html

Interim executive director named for Say Yes to Education Guilford


http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/interim-executive-director-named-for-say-yes-to-education-guilford/article_1e112125-23c7-5b2d-86a5-882da9b1e1e9.html

An email sent to Say Yes to Education folks this morning;

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/11/an-email-sent-to-say-yes-to-education.html

I handed out about 100 fliers of this at the meeting; "Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford Unanswered Questions"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/11/i-handed-out-about-100-fliers-of-this.html

It's been about a month since the News and Record hasn't reported Say Yes Guilford has less than $11 million, and charter schools have to pay 100%

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/12/its-been-5-days-and-news-and-record.html

"Newcomers join Greensboro school board this month" and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/12/newcomers-join-greensboro-school-board.html

A comment awaiting moderation at Triad City Beat's "Say Yes says maybe to undocumented Guilford students"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/11/a-comment-awaiting-moderation-at-triad.html

Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford questions for Monday night at 6 pm

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/11/say-yes-to-education-and-say-yes.html

Friday, November 11, 2016 7:40 pm; "Council for Say Yes will hold public meeting Monday"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/11/friday-november-11-2016-740-pm-council.html

Say Yes to Education Red Flag; Mary Vigue; She is about to be in charge of more than $25 million for a 'non-profit' after shafting City of Greensboro employees out of investment fee cuts

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/say-yes-to-education-red-flag-mary.html

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey; President at Say Yes to Education, Inc.; Professional Fundraising Organization

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/mary-anne-schmitt-carey-president-at.html

David Colin; Just Say Yes raises lots of questions

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/david-colin-just-say-yes-raises-lots-of.html

Say Yes to Education Independent Contractor Compensation the News and Record's Susan Ladd failed to report

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/10/say-yes-to-education-independent.html

Say Yes to Education, Inc. (Say Yes), and Say Yes Guilford appears to be a legal Ponzi scheme and/or a Racket

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/say-yes-to-education-inc-say-yes-and.html

How the Triad Business Journal got played for chumps by Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-triad-business-journals-reporter.html

On October 3, 2015, Guilford County's Board of Education was shown a "Full Tuition Scholarship Incentive" plan, for every GCS graduate who goes to college

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/on-october-3-2015-guilford-countys.html

Monday, November 16, 2015, I crashed the Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford meeting at Smith High School and passed out fliers asking the following questions;

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/i-crashed-say-yes-to-education-and-say.html

Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford are saying they are going to cover the last dollar costs between financial aid and total tuition

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/11/say-yes-to-education-and-say-yes.html

Triad City Beat Lying to their readers and Guilford County's rising seniors about Say Yes to Education

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2015/12/triad-city-beat-lying-to-their-readers.html

"Guilford commissioners hear update on Say Yes"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/guilford-commissioners-hear-update-on.html

Say Yes Guilford Questions for Guilford County Commissioner and School Board Candidates

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/02/say-yes-guilford-questions-for-guilford.html

"Obtain free college tuition by “Saying Yes” to education"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/obtain-free-college-tuition-by-saying.html

"Some parents find it hard to believe their child is now eligible for free college tuition simply because they’re graduating from a public school in Guilford County."

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/some-parents-find-it-hard-to-believe.html

City of Greensboro Public Information Request on Say Yes to Education; "Say Yes to Education designee on the Operating Committee, Scholarship Board and Community Leadership Council"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/city-of-greensboro-public-information_23.html

The News and Record's Jessie Pounds; "Guilford County Schools' seniors can sign up for Say Yes scholarships"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-news-and-records-jessie-pounds.html

Ponzi? From Say Yes to Education's 7/1/2014 to 6/30/2015 IRS 990 tax form

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/10/from-say-yes-to-educations-712014-to.html

Dear Donnie Turlington and Mary Vigue; Please explain why Say Yes to Education's money is in Central America


Say Yes to Education's amazing, quite unbelievable investment performance


George 'Say Yes to Education' Weiss and Associates;"...the hedge fund portfolio reportedly returned more than 50% per year on an annual basis", except for when it didn't


Former City of Greensboro Assistant Manager Mary Vigue used her position to personally profit via Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford


Gag order and censorship for Guilford County teachers by Say Yes to Education and Angela Jackson of Guilford County's Association of Educators


George Weiss doesn't mind using massive leverage and illegal tax avoidance

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/george-weiss-doesnt-mind-using-massive.html

One Dollar; "Resolution Requesting Approval of Lease Agreement with Say Yes to Education"; Tuesday, November 17, 2015

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/one-dollar-resolution-requesting.html

George 'Say Yes to Education' Weiss and Associates;"...the hedge fund portfolio reportedly returned more than 50% per year on an annual basis", except for when it didn't

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/09/george-say-yes-to-education-weiss-and.html

Friday, November 11, 2016 7:40 pm; "Council for Say Yes will hold public meeting Monday"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/11/friday-november-11-2016-740-pm-council.html

Former City of Greensboro Assistant Manager Mary Vigue used her position to personally profit via Say Yes to Education and Say Yes Guilford

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/09/former-city-of-greensboro-assistant.html

Ponzi needs a new town; Jul 25, 2016 4:59 AM; "Say Yes to Education" program could mean free college for Louisville students"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/ponzi-needs-new-town-jul-25-2016-459-am.html

Susan Ladd's oldest daughter appears to be in line for a Say Yes to Education scholarship

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/susan-ladds-oldest-daughter-appears-to.html

There hasn't been a news story out of Louisville on Say Yes to Education since; Boris hasn't called with questions yet

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/there-hasnt-been-news-story-out-of.html

The City of Greensboro's former Assistant Manager Mary Vigue, now Say Yes Guilford Director, was directly responsible, along with City Council and other City staff, for doing Greensboro's employees wrong

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-city-of-greensboros-former.html

"City of Greensboro, mayor sued over access to public records" by Roch Smith Jr.

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/city-of-greensboro-mayor-sued-over.html

More on what Say Yes to Education promised Guilford County students and parents

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/more-on-what-say-yes-to-education.html

Let's not forget what Guilford County School parents and students were told; "New Say Yes to Education partnership means free college tuition for Guilford County students"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/lets-not-forget-what-guilford-county.html

Remember what they told the kids; "Guilford County Says YES to Education - and Yes to College Tuition!"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/08/remember-what-they-told-kids-guilford.html

How it began in Guilford County, only different; "City, schools working on $100 million effort to provide free college to Louisvillians"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-it-began-in-guilford-county-only.html

"See Jane Lose"; How Say Yes to Education's Mary Vigue, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Tony Wilkins betrayed the City's employees

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/see-jane-lose-how-say-yes-to-educations.html

Gag order and censorship for Guilford County teachers by Say Yes to Education and Angela Jackson of Guilford County's Association of Educators

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/gag-order-and-censorship-for-guilford.html

If Say Yes Guilford has $35 million,...

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/if-say-yes-guilford-has-35-million.html

$832,000 Payoff; "Buffalo Public Schools award the contract to Say Yes for community program"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/832000-payoff-buffalo-public-schools.html

Richard (Skip) Moore's misleading statements; "8 Things to Know About "Say Yes To Education"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/richard-skip-moores-misleading.html

Oblivious Buffalo News Editorial Board "Say Yes is leading a vital improvement in the number of college-bound students"

http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/2016/07/oblivious-buffalo-news-editorial-board.html



Why did the Hartford Chapter of Say Yes close in June 2005?

Alan Duncan and Amos Quick; "Through Say Yes to Education in Syracuse, Contreras has worked with her community..."

Wednesday, June 29, 2016; New Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras' = Say Yes to Education, Say Yes Guilford and Say Yes Syracuse = Say Yes now owns Guilford County Schools

Thursday, June 30, 2016; Say Yes to Education's amazing, quite unbelievable investment performance; This is a George Weiss special

Thursday, June 30, 2016; John Hammer on new Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras and Say Yes to Education

Wednesday, June 29, 2016; WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH 2015; "The Say Yes to Education program has closed its Syracuse office"

Thursday, June 30, 2016; Say Yes To Education-- The E-mails: Part 1

Friday, July 1, 2016; Say Yes To Education-- The E-mails: Part 2
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