US Imam Fethullah Gulen vs Turkey’s Erdogan? Gulen Charters Growing in US, Taxpayer Funded

The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hot in the middle of trying to fight-off charges of corruption and bribery, reported this week in the Washington Post to be orchestrated by Pennsylvania imam, Fethullah Gülen, the head of over 100 Islamic charter schools in the U.S. WAPO is theorizing that Gülen is behind the push to punish the Erdogan administration, yet Gülen and Erdogan have been close in the past. Perhaps Erdogan is not moving quickly enough to bring hardline, fundamental Islam to Turkey, a

Fethullah Gülen

Fethullah Gülen

country which has a long past of enjoying largely secular governance. Gulen’s reach is far and deep in the U.S. and around the world. This is what you need to know: most schools believed to be connected to Gülen, deny that they are connected to the reclusive but powerful Fethullah Gulen.

I wrote extensively about Gülen Charter schools in the U.S. in 2012. Astonishing to me was the fact that many parents haven’t a clue that their children are attending a school controlled by an Iman. There is no such thing as a “secular” Imam, and if there is/were/was, Gülen is not one of them. The big lie is that these schools focus on science and math skills, and don’t forget, if you ask if your school is connected to Fethallah Gülen, you will likely be told ‘no.’

Below are some reminders, along with the updated list of Gülen Charter Schools currently operating in the U.S. as of September 15, 2013. If you recognize these schools near your community, or schools your grandchildren may attend, pass it around to your family and friends. Help parents face-up to what may be happening to their children. First some facts, then the list:

● Gülen was able to establish his charter school network in America fully funded by public money.

She [Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes] reported that Turkish teachers are brought in on visas — a practice defended on camera by a Gülen spokesman who stated that the United States needs skilled teachers in math and science.  Ironically, Turkey ranks far below the United States in math and science.

The Gülen schools’ SAT average score of 1026 falls short of the 1100 considered to indicate college readiness.  Former Gülen schoolteachers have reported state testing violations, lack of test monitors, and unqualified individuals administering tests.

There have been complaints of hyped advertising that mislead prospective students and their parents about class size, graduation rates, and college acceptances, especially since most of the schools lack a 12th grade, and the majority of students graduate from other schools. Source: Janet Levy at American Thinker

● Readers of Milliyet were informed in 2010 that the Walton Family Foundation [WalMart, Sams Discount] had given $1 million to Gülen’s charter schools in California (translation here).

And in 2009, readers of Sabah were presented with an account of GM insiders discussing how the U.S. charter schools serve the movement’s goals:

“…through education, we can teach tens of thousands of people the Turkish language and our national anthem, introduce them to our culture and win them over.

And this is what the Gülen Movement is striving for.” GM-associated news agencies periodically feature reports about Gulen charter school students participating in movement-sponsored cultural events (e.g. herehere, and here). Source: Washington Post – Valerie Strauss – How Gülen Movement serves Islam’s goals

● There are Americans working to expose the Gülen Movement. Find information here.

Find a timeline for Gülen in the U.S. at Charter School Scandals.

The Chesapeake Science Point Charter in Anne Arundel County, Maryland graduates high achievers but has been found NOT to:

● …hire qualified and fully certified teachers, reform the board of directors “to reflect the community it serves,” use appropriate procurement and bidding processes for outside contracts, follow board policy for the hiring of foreign nationals, and agree not to allow any of its contractors or subcontractors to “knowingly employ” anybody who has been investigated for criminal activity. The high school, whic is adding 11th grade in the fall, is on probation for the next two years. The CSP middle school is not on probation. Source: WAPO

The Chesapeake Science Point Charter (CPS) school claims not to be connected to Gülen, but many believe it is certainly connected. CPS students may be excelling, but not all Gülen Charters excel. Bookmark the American Thinker article above which states cheating and low SATs are a reality. Teachers are often brought to the U.S. from Turkey. How many Muslim teachers are in your child’s school?

● This site, rich with information on Gülenists says as of November 2013, there are 143 Gülen Charters in 26 states with 16 under consideration now with a known 121 failures to launch in the past.

● In a sermon that was aired on Turkish television, Gülen said (excellent – read it all here):

You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers…until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria…like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it…You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey…Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] con-fronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence …trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.

Nationwide, the primary focus of complaints has been on hundreds of teachers and administrators imported from Turkey: in Ohio and Illinois, the federal Department of Labor is investigating union accusations that the schools have abused a special visa program in bringing in their expatriate employees.

But an examination by The New York Times of the Harmony Schools in Texas casts light on a different area: the way they spend public money. And it raises questions about whether, ultimately, the schools are using taxpayer dollars to benefit the Gülen movement — by giving business to Gülen followers, or through financial arrangements with local foundations that promote Gulen teachings and Turkish culture. Source: New York Times

List of Gülen Charters (click to see a list of closed charters):

Schools currently in operation   (All are publicly funded.)

Arizona  (7)

Management organization: Sonoran Schools
De facto management organization: Accord Institute for Education Research
Charter holder: Daisy Education Corporation*

Arkansas  (5)

De facto management organization: Harmony Public Schools (formerly Cosmos Foundation) http://www.harmonytx.org

California   (12)

De facto management organization: Accord Institute for Education Research

Charter holder: Magnolia Foundation    http://magnoliacharterschools.org/

  1. Magnolia Science Academy 1 – Reseda   http://reseda.magnoliascience.org/
  2. Magnolia Science Academy 2 – Valley  http://valley.magnoliascience.org/
  3. Magnolia Science Academy 3 – Carson – http://gardena.magnoliascience.org/
  4. Magnolia Science Academy 4 – Venice  http://venice.magnoliascience.org/
  5. Magnolia Science Academy 5 – Hollywood   http://hollywood.magnoliascience.org/
  6. Magnolia Science Academy 6 – Palms   http://palms.magnoliascience.org/
  7. Magnolia Science Academy 7 – Van Nuys   http://vannuys.magnoliascience.org
  8. Magnolia Science Academy 8 – Bell  http://bell.magnoliascience.org/
  9. Magnolia Science Academy – San Diego  http://sandiego.magnoliascience.org/
  10. Magnolia Science Academy – Santa Clara   http://santaclara.magnoliascience.org/
  11. Pacific Technology School – Orange County  http://oc.ptscharter.org/

Charter holder: Willow Education

  1. Bay Area Technology School (Oakland)  http://www.baytechschool.org/j/index.php

Colorado  (1)

De facto management organization: Accord Institute for Education Research

Florida   (7)

Organization: Grace Institute for Educational Research and Resources, a.k.a. Charter Educational Services & Resources  http://graceschools.us http://charterresources.us

Georgia   (2)

(Organization: formerly Grace Institute)

Illinois   (4)

Organization: Concept Schools   http://www.conceptschools.org

Indiana    (3)

Organization: Concept Schools, Inc.  http://www.conceptschools.org

Louisiana   (1)

Charter holder : Pelican Educational Foundation
De facto management organization: Harmony Public Schools (formerly Cosmos Foundation) http://www.harmonytx.org

Maryland   (2)

Charter holder: Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation  http://www.clfmd.org
De facto management organizations: Washington Educational Foundation http://www.weduf.org  and  Apple Educational Services

Massachusetts    (3)

De facto management organization:  Apple Educational Services
http://www.appleeducationalservices.org  or   http://aesny.org

Michigan    (1)

Management organization: Concept Schools  http://www.conceptschools.org

Missouri    (4)

Charter holder:  Frontier Schools
De facto management organization: Harmony Public Schools (formerly Cosmos Foundation) http://www.harmonytx.org

Management organization: Concept Schools  http://www.conceptschools.org

Nevada    (3)

Charter holder:  Coral Education Corporation
De facto management organization:  Accord Institute for Education Research

New Jersey    (6)

De facto management organization:  Apple Educational Services
http://www.appleeducationalservices.org  or   http://aesny.org

Organization: North Jersey Arts and Science Charter Schools  http://njascs.org

New Mexico     (1)

De facto management organization: Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Public Schools

New York      (4)

De facto management organization:  Apple Educational Services
http://www.appleeducationalservices.org  or   http://aesny.org

North Carolina    (2)

De facto management organizations: Washington Educational Foundation http://www.weduf.org  and  Apple Educational Services

Ohio   (19)

Management organization: Concept Schools  http://www.conceptschools.org

  1. Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati   http://www.horizoncincy.org/
  2. Horizon Science Academy Cleveland   http://www.hsas.org/
  3. Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School    http://www.hsacms.org/
  4. Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Elementary School   http://es.horizoncleveland.org/
  5. Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School   http://www.horizoncolumbus.org/
  6. Horizon Science Academy Columbus Middle School  http://www.horizoncolumbus.org/ms/
  7. Horizon Science Academy Columbus Elementary School   http://es.horizoncolumbus.org/
  8. Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School  http://es.horizondayton.org
  9. Horizon Science Academy Dayton   http://www.horizondayton.org/
  10. Horizon Science Academy Dayton Downtown  http://dt.horizontoledo.org
  11. Horizon Science Academy Denison Middle School   http://www.horizondenison.org/
  12. Horizon Science Academy Denison Elementary School   www.denisonelementary.org/
  13. Horizon Science Academy Lorain   http://www.horizonlorain.org/
  14. Horizon Science Academy Springfield  http://www.horizonspringfield.org/
  15. Horizon Science Academy Toledo  http://www.horizontoledo.org/
  16. Horizon Science Academy Toledo Downtown  http://dt.horizontoledo.org
  17. Horizon Science Academy Youngstown   http://www.horizonyoungstown.org/
  18. Noble Academy-Columbus   http://www.noblecolumbus.org/index.php
  19. Noble Academy-Cleveland   http://www.noblecleveland.org/

Oklahoma    (4)

Charter holder: Sky Foundation
De facto management organization: Harmony Public Schools (formerly Cosmos Foundation) http://www.harmonytx.org

Pennsylvania    (3)

De facto management organization:  Apple Educational Services
http://www.appleeducationalservices.org  or   http://aesny.org

South Carolina  (1)

  • Greenville Renewable Energy Education (“GREEN”) Charter School

Tennessee    (1)

De facto management organization: Harmony Public Schools (formerly Cosmos Foundation) http://www.harmonytx.org

Texas     (45)

Charter holder/Management Organization:  Harmony Public Schools (formerly Cosmos Foundation) http://www.harmonytx.org

Austin area

  1. Harmony School of Science – Austin http://hssaustin.org/
  2. Harmony Science Academy – North Austin  http://hsana.org/
  3. Harmony School of Excellence – Austin http://hseaustin.org/
  4. Harmony Science Academy – Austin  http://hsaaustin.org/
  5. Harmony School of Political Science and Communication   http://hspaustin.org

Brownsville

  1. Harmony Science Academy – Brownsville http://hsabrownsville.org/

Dallas area

  1. Harmony Science Academy – Waco   http://hsawaco.org/
  2. Harmony Science Academy – Garland   http://hsagarland.org/
  3. Harmony Science Academy – Dallas  http://hsadallas.org/
  4. Harmony Science Academy – Dallas Middle School
  5. Harmony Science Academy – Dallas Elementary School
  6. Harmony School of Innovation – Dallas (formerly Harmony School of Innovation Carrollton) http://hsacarrollton.org/
  7. Harmony School of Business   http://hsbdallas.org

El Paso

  1. Harmony Science Academy – El Paso http://hsaelpaso.org/
  2. Harmony School of Innovation – El Paso http://hsielpaso.org/

Fort Worth area

  1. Harmony Science Academy – Fort Worth http://hsafortworth.org/
  2. Harmony Science Academy – Grand Prairie   http://hsagp.org/
  3. Harmony Science Academy – Euless    http://hsaeuless.org/
  4. Harmony School of Nature and Athletics – Dallas  http://hsnature.org/
  5. Harmony School of Innovation Euless   http://www.hsieuless.org

Houston north area

  1. Harmony School of Endeavor – Houston   http://hsendeavor.org/default.asp
  2. Harmony Science Academy – Bryan/ College Station   http://hsabcs.org/
  3. Harmony Science Academy – Houston Northwest  http://hsanw.org/
  4. Harmony School of Excellence – Houston  http://hsehouston.org/
  5. Harmony School of Advancement High  http://hsadvancement.org/
  6. Harmony School of Discovery  http://hsdhouston.org/
  7. Harmony School of Exploration   http://www.hehouston.org

Houston south area

  1. Harmony School of Ingenuity  http://hsingenuity.org/default.asp
  2. Harmony Science Academy – Beaumont   http://hsabeaumont.org/
  3. Harmony Science Academy – Houston  http://hsahouston.org/default.asp
  4. Harmony Science Academy High School – Houston   http://hshigh.org/
  5. Harmony School of Innovation – Houston   http://hsihouston.org/default.asp
  6. Harmony School of Art (and Technology) – Houston  http://hsart.org

Houston west area

  1. Harmony School of Science – Houston   http://hsshouston.org/
  2. Harmony Science Academy – West Houston   http://hsawh.org
  3. Harmony School of Science High – Sugarland   http://hsshigh.org

Laredo

  1. Harmony Science Academy – Laredo  http://hsalaredo.org/

Lubbock area

  1. Harmony Science Academy – Lubbock   http://hsalubbock.org/
  2. Harmony Science Academy – Odessa   http://hsaodessa.org/

San Antonio area

  1. Harmony Science Academy – San Antonio  http://hsasa.org/
  2. Harmony School of Innovation – San Antonio   http://hsisa.org/

Charter holder: SST Schools (formerly Riverwalk Education Foundation, Inc) http://www.ssttx.org/
De facto management Organization:  Harmony Public Schools (formerly Cosmos Foundation) http://www.harmonytx.org

  1. School of Science and Technology Discovery – Leon Valley http://www.sstdiscovery.org/
  2. School of Science and Technology – San Antonio http://www.ssttx.org/default.asp
  3. School of Science and Technology – Corpus Christi  http://www.sstcc.org/
  4. School of Science and Technology – Alamo  http://www.sstalamo.org/default.asp

Utah     (1)

De facto management organization: Accord Institute for Education Research

Wisconsin      (1)

Management organization:  Concept Schools

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