The Vanguard has learned that Davis Enterprise Reporter Jeff Hudson, who has covered the Davis School District for ten years, has also been working for Tahir Ahad since August 2008 on an educational newsletter called EdBrief. It was last year that the Vanguard presented a four part series on Tahir Ahad who served as DJUSD’s CBO from 1999 to 2006. During his tenure at DJUSD he used district resources and district personnel to form his company Total School Solutions. As we discovered, Mr. Ahad took district personnel from DJUSD and hired them to work concurrently with his company. This enabled him capital and resources to help start up his company which has now greatly expanded its influence throughout the state.
This was merely the tip of the iceberg. There were numerous complaints from former employees of Ahad and the district of abusive behavior.His side-work was also costly to the district as the district missed a key deadline that cost the school district state matching funds for Montgomery Elementary school–funds that it took numerous years and a great amount of staff time and energy to recoup.
Moreover, in the process of losing those matching funds, the district began shuffling money from project to project to cover up the loss of money. Thus the school district became alarmed in 2006 when it discovered it did not have the funds to complete construction on King High School.
Now Jeff Hudson who was aware of most of these problems, but chose not to report on it while Tahir Ahad was an employee, is working for Mr. Ahad on an educational newsletter–EdBrief.
According to their website:
“EdBrief is a publication by the Education Media Group, LLC (EMG). EMG is a joint venture by Tahir Ahad, president of Total School Solutions and Vernon M. Billy, president of Governmental Solutions Group, LLC.”
Tahir Ahad and Vernon M. Billy according to the website,
“developed EdBrief in order to provide educators and the public with a one-stop Internet site for education news and resources they can use to inform their academic, business management and research efforts.”
Jeff Hudson is listed as the editor of EdBrief.
“Jeff Hudson is the editor of EdBrief. Jeff is a veteran journalist with 10 years experience covering issues relating to K-12 education. In 2006, he received a statewide award for education coverage from ACSA (Association of California School Administrators). Jeff has also been honored with awards for business coverage. Jeff’s background includes extensive work preparing stories for different media, including daily and weekly newspapers, public radio, magazines and online publications.”
Other writers for EdBrief include several former DJUSD employees who now work for the Educational Consulting Company, Total School Solutions which Tahir Ahad founded while he worked as CBO for the Davis School District.
Writers include: John Almond, Cathy Bui, Tina Burkhart, Dennis Dunston, Theresa Garcia, Steve Horowitz, Solveig Monson, Aimee Scribner, William Spalding, Nancy Walker, Vern Weber. By our count at least five of them were former DJUSD employees.