Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Gulen Charter School application for Maine DENIED "Lies" were cited possible prosecution by State Attorney General
|State Attorney General of Maine may be contacted, Gulen Turkish group not|
invited back to apply after lying and misrepresentation to the board.
This is a huge blow to the Gulen Movement who invested thousands of dollars
in campaign contributions, trips to Turkey and honors only to get the shaft.
“You lied to me once. I don’t want to hear from you again,” Smith said, explaining false claims that a former mayor and city official backed the project were significant.
Commissioner Ande Smith said he was “incensed” they were lied to in the application, and recommended it be referred to the Maine Attorney’s General Office.
AUGUSTA — A subcommittee of the Maine Charter School Commission has recommended to be denied a proposal to establish the Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School.
Reasons for the recommended denial of the charter school include the fact that the proposal for that school lacks alignment to Maine Learning Results, graduation standards would not support Maine's proficiency-based diploma, and there is a lack of alignment to the state assessments.
Also, the subcommittee noted that community contacts mentioned in the application for various members of the Lewiston-Auburn community need to be actual letters of support, and that merely recognizing the contacts does not mean support for the application.
* And individuals mentioned in the application were contacted by the charter school, the report found. They did not all endorse the school as the application states. Applicants need to be sure about providing “actual" letters of support and recognizing that meeting with someone does "not necessarily mean support.”
“Commissioner Heidi Sampson said she researched backgrounds of the charter school’s applicants, Tarlan Ahmadov and Huseyin Kara, and said their assurances that the school had no ties to the Turkish Gulen movement “does not hold water.”
“How can these applicants say they are ‘Gulen inspired but not Gulen influenced?’” Sampson said. “If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, you can call it any sort of aquatic, avian creature but it still has the DNA of a duck coursing through its entire body.”
There will be no publicly financed charter school opening in Lewiston-Auburn this fall.
A state commission not only voted unanimously Monday to deny the application of the Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School, it voted to strike language in a report inviting the school with Turkish ties from applying again.
And two members of the Maine Charter School Committee blasted the applicants for falsifying claims that community leaders, including former Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert, endorsed the charter school when they had not.
The two attempted “to exploit” one population in Lewiston-Auburn, Somali Muslims, Sampsom said, that similar Gulen charter schools took money out of school funds for all-expense trips to Turkey, and promoted a dance culture in schools that created “feelings of reverence for Allah.” That is not allowed by charter school law, she said.
Kara and Ahmadov did not attend Monday’s hearing. In past meetings, they said Kara was Turkish but the proposed school was simply a charter school modeled after the high-performing Pioneer Charter School of Science in Massachusetts, where students have success.
"We believe in separation of church and state," Kara has said.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
A Muslim cleric who lives in seclusion in Pennsylvania and has been linked to a network of more than 135 public charter schools in the United States is believed to be deeply involved in the political drama that is unfolding in his home country of Turkey.
The reclusive cleric is Fethullah Gulen, who has been linked to charter schools in some 25 states and to other schools in dozens of countries around the world. Gulen, who has denounced terrorism and is said to believe in a moderate form of Islam, has lived in Pennsylvania for years. Gulen was until recently a close ally of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has been deeply shaken by a corruption investigation. The prime minister just replaced three of his key ministers after they were forced to resign in the scandal.
According to the Associated Press:
The Coral Academy is networked through Accord Institute for Education Research, whose COO, Erdinc Acar, is the proposed Education Director for Carol Science Academy.
I read the proposal for this charter school and wondered how, with its STEM based curriculum and “high standards”, students with special ed needs could fit within this program. Nothing was mentioned.
The other concern is the ties that the Coral Academy of Science has with the Gulen Movement and what that means.
From The Gulen Movement: “a non-transparent organizational model”
The leading US authority on the Gulen Movement (GM) at this time is Joshua Hendrick, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola University Maryland. His new book “Gulen: The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World” was published in August 2013 by New York University Press. Fifteen pages are devoted to the Gulen charter school situation and are worth your investment in the book. From page 230:
SEATTLE — The Washington State Charter Schools Association approved 7 new charter schools however the Gulen operated Coral Science Academy was not one of them. Please read here:
It didn’t take long — only one week — for three of the eight applicants for new charter schools to be told they did not make the grade. “We’re becoming more rigorous,” said Jennifer Nagourney, head of the Charter School Office in the state Department of Education. “That’s one of the hallmarks of a high-quality authorizer.” On Jan.9, she notified organizers of the proposed Delaware Math & IT Academy, STEAM Charter Academy and Education Plus Academy Charter School that their applications were incomplete and failed to satisfy basic requirements. Many of the deficiencies cited were related to information about the schools’ leadership and staffing plans. -
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Please e mail Joshua Halsey at the e mail below and let him know the dangers of the Gulen Movement. In light of the new discovery how Gulen's IHH Charity is linked with Al Qaeda and with supplying weapons to the terrorists slipping into Syria. These schools are not safe and could end up being targets.
Another charter school applicant: Coral Academy of Science… and the Gulen Movement
This evening starting at 5:30 PM in Renton at the Puget Sound Educational Service District located at 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057, there will a hearing of charter school applications for Coral Academy of Sciences, Excel Public Charter School and Cedar River Academy.
If you can’t make it to the hearing, the Washington State Charter School Commission is receiving all information and concerns about the schools presented via e-mail to the attention of email@example.com.
A list of all of the hearings to be held can be found at the charter commission’s website.
The Coral Academy of Sciences
READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/another-charter-school-applicant-coral-academy-of-science-and-the-gulen-movement/