In 2005, Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC) in California established charter schools ranging from elementary school to high school. The high school is Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory (LVCP). About 90 foreign exchange students attend the school. Investigations into irregularities (see below) started February 2016. As a result of these investigations, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) withdrew LVCP’s accreditation*. The school district denied LVCP’s petition of charter renewal December 2016. LVCP is no longer listed as having SEVIS F-1 certification. The school has said that they will stop their student exchange program from July 2017.
3rd February 2016 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) sent the Governing Board of the TVLC a Notice of Violation (NOV). Among other things, the NOV concerns the below violations with regards to LVCP’s exchange students.** Media got hold of the information and several in-depth articles about this issue can be found on the net.
16th February 2016 two students were involuntarily transferred to a school in Stockton. Livermore Police Department and Stockton Police Department intervene. As more information comes to light the police begin investigating matters at LVPC. Alameda County District Attorney began investigations into allegations of fraud, mismanagement of its foreign exchange program and child endangerment.
Based on the Governing Board, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board‘s findings, LVCP’s accreditation as a foreign student exchange institution was not renewed for the school-year 2016/2017.
- TVLC/LVCP charged illegal tuition/overreporting per – pupil expenses to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS).
TVLC/LVCP attempted to transfer exchange students against their will to a school in Stockton.
TVLC/LVCP endangered the health and welfare of its students
TVLC/LVCP was dishonest in representing the scope and size of its foreign exchange program to the District.
TVLC/LVCP sought to obtain, through coerced written signature, an agreement from minor students to give up their legal educational rights without consulting their parents or guardians.
- TVLC/LVCP established a charter school in China without
notifying authorities or requesting revisions to its charter.
LVCP’s accreditation is not renewed. November 2016 TVLC file for bankruptcy at the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California (Oakland).
- LVCP still lists itself as WASC accredited on its website.
** Copies of correspondence and reports between the parties can be found on LVJUSD’s site