It was a combination of these three e-mails that led me to make the decision not to take the teaching job at the International Academy of Beijing after all. Who do you believe?
From the Founder of the International Academy of Beijing, 3 weeks after they said they were submitting my worker’s permit information:
Thank you for your information. I am very pleased to hear that you still have a concern for the job at IAB. First of all, IAB HR need your information (Resume, signed contract with Dr. Yang, Photocoty of Certificate of your graduation) for the considerring of your job at IAB. IAB HR did not have any infor about this. Dr. Yang and his daughter already left school(were fired), he made school confused to new teachers. He disguised head of school and communicate with you after dismissal… If you want to come to IAB, please send above mentioned information.
Ben-Hur Lee Founder and Chairman of school board
From the man who claimed to be headmaster:
Dear Ms. Stephanie Tang,
It is with great sadness to let you know that we can no longer invite you to IAB. My family and I invested our money, passion and our expertise in global education to IAB. Unfortunately, the current legal representative of the school, Ben-hur Lee, has failed to fulfill his legal contract with us. Not only did he commit fraud, but he also embezzled a large sum of the school fund, as we found out while we conducted the due diligence on the school. Furthermore, he both verbally and physically threatened me and my family. I filed penal cases against him for his illegal and fraudulent behaviors, and I regret to inform you that we will no longer be able to invest in the school.
My family and I wanted to re-build IAB together with you as a truly global education institute in Beijing. I tried to save the school and persuade Ben-hur Lee to fulfill his legal contract with me; my family and I even went to Beijing almost every week to speak with him and relevant government officials. He, however, physically threatened me and even threatened to kill my daughter and sister, should they ever come back to Beijing. I cannot invite you to join IAB, when I know that your safety might be at risk. The decision to forgo IAB not only damages me financially, but it also brings tremendous damage to me and my family’s reputation. Regardless of our loss, my main concern is your safety and wellbeing. I wish you best of luck in your future endeavors.
From the Assistant Vice President of the Association of Christian Schools International (the organization that granted IAB its accreditation):
The 2011-2012 school year was very difficult for the owner, administration and faculty of the school. It has been reported that most families have left and are enrolling at a new school. It is reported that many if not most of the faculty were fired near the end of the year. It is also reported that most teachers were not paid from May-July, and I have received correspondence accusing the owner of financial malpractice.
ACSI has not been able to verify these accusations as of this time. If the school has not responded to you and done all it claimed it would to assist you in acquiring a visa for China, it might be able to be asserted that the school has breached the contract. The contract is with the school, not the administrator. ACSI will be reviewing the accreditation status of the school in the coming months.
Depending on the adequacy of the school’s response, the school’s accreditation status will come under review. I find it very difficult to recommend this school based upon the many allegations of mis-treatment of faculty and former administrators. Working at this school would be a risky venture based upon our knowledge of the events of this past year. I am not making any definite recommendation, nor am I offering legal advice, but you do need to be aware that last year was a difficult year for the school, and ACSI is monitoring the actions of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in regard to the school’s accreditation. ACSI will follow the lead of WASC in this regard, as they have been able to visit the school in the past few months.
David K. Wilcox, Ph.D. Assistant Vice President - Global
Association of Christian Schools International
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