Gulen's American Empire

Gulen's American Empire
Gulen Empire map from Turkish Newspaper. DISCLAIMER: If you find some videos are disabled this is the work of the Gulen censorship who have filed fake copyright infringement reports to UTUBE

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

#SonerTarim and his connections to Gulen's Imam school in Erzurrum, Turkey and soon to be CLOSED Virginia International University

Harmony Science Academy's original application is very revealing about Gulenists Educational lead Soner Tarim.   First glaring interesting point about the Harmony School Application is the poor English grammar that Soner used to fill out an application.   Its obvious Soner Tarim has no American teaching credentials or has spent any time in the trenches teaching American children. 
His experience is from Gulen's private Imam school in his hometown of Ezerum.   Which is NOW closed down by the Turkish government.
Why was Soner Tarim allowed to open over 55 schools in 17 yrs. in Texas and grab billions of Texas taxpayers money via unsecured bonds, and build an empire for Gulen community via fake h1b Visas?

He was removed from his post in October 2017 and has since ventured into Alabama and other areas to expand including trying to start a new bucket of charter schools called Royal Public Schools.  In the day they were having lavish trips to Turkey for the students and competing in Turkish Olympiad.  Turkish Language and Dance is still taught at these American Schools.  What the Harmony Schools and Gulenists are great at is marketing, fake PR and over the top advertising.   Usually roping in local leaders, politicians through their fake dialogue centers.



There is a startling connection to Gulenists operated 'provisional" college called VIU- Virginia International University.   Lets just say its under the radar and hopefully will be closed soon with the millions the Gulen Movement is stealing from FAFSA and other US government money it's no wonder Dr. Soner Tarim and his NEW wife live in a $650,000 home.  

Virginia Regulators Take Another Step Toward Ending VIU's License

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By David North on March 21, 2019
Virginia's higher education regulators, very quietly, took another step this week in the ongoing process that may well lead to revoking the license of Virginia International University (VIU), of Fairfax, Va., the Gulen cult-linked institution that is all too tolerant of plagiarism, according to a State Council on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) staff report discussed in a previous posting.
VIU is one of the marginal institutions that CIS has been following, places with very high percentages of foreign students, many of whom seem more interested in obtaining work permission in the subsidized OPT program than in securing a genuine education. These marginal entities represent only a small percentage of schools working with foreign students.
VIU is associated with Fethullah Gulen, the self-exiled Muslim cleric, now living in the Poconos. Most educational institutions affiliated with his movement are charter high schools. The Gulen movement, a largely Turkish entity, is now, as it did notused to be, at odds with Turkey's autocratic president, Recep Erdogan.
SCHEV has a three-phase process for handling such matters. The first phase, now concluded, consists of a staff investigation of the institution in question; the staff, as we reported earlier, recommending moving ahead with the revocation process.
On Tuesday, the Council voted unanimously to go into the second phase, which includes giving the institution a chance to rebut the staff findings and an informal hearing on the matter. Should that process result in a further recommendation to close the school, the full Council will vote on the termination of VIU's license. If this happens, it will take place some months from now.
While this is a slow procedure, SCHEV has voted twice in recent years to close down marginal entities. In late 2017, it shut down the American College of Commerce and Technology, in Falls Church, Va. And a few years earlier it did the same to the University of Northern Virginia. All three of these institutions have, or had, locations in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.
Since in recent years the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has done nothing about these marginal institutions, it has become the task of the states to make such judgments and this happens only rarely. If SCHEV does, in fact, shut down VIU the score in recent years will be:
  • Virginia: 3 closures
  • California: 1
  • The other 48 states: 0
  • DHS: 0
The one California action dealt with Silicon Valley University, where the departing president took a "loan" of $12.5 million in SVU funds as he retired.
It is possible that some other state, or states, closed some other marginal institution(s) in recent years but we have not heard about it, and there is no central registry of such actions. Most closings of marginal institutions have been more or less voluntary actions; some hastened by rejections by non-governmental accrediting entities as well as by market forces.

The SCHEV Process

The move toward the closure of VIU — a tentative decision that may be reversed later — is part of a slow, quiet procedure, with more gentleness and gentility than confrontation. Or at least that's what I found while attending, and playing a minor role in, the sessions of the SCHEV State Council meeting on the grounds of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., earlier this week.
The decision-making process seen at this SCHEV meeting, and presumably others as well, is in sharp contrast to the frequently conflict-laden pattern of congressional hearings, which are often as much theater as anything else.
This was shown, unwittingly I am sure, by the presence or absence of microphones. On Capital Hill, everyone on the committee, and at the table for the witnesses, has a mic. With the State Council, none of the members have mics, nor does the chairman, and some of the statements of the members are hard to hear. Only when there is a presentation by a staff member or a witness is a mic used. These arrangements, and the seeming lack of press coverage, discourage drama, as does the Council's membership, who appear more attuned to academic matters, rather than political ones.
SCHEV deals with a wide-variety of higher education issues and the licensing of non-public higher education institutions is only one of its concerns; that was clearly shown in this week's meeting.
VIU came up, briefly, three times during the two-day schedule. On Monday afternoon, the Academic Affairs Committee discussed briefly a staff recommendation to the full Council that it move ahead with the revocation process, as previously outlined. There was no discussion of the results of the staff investigation, which covered the lack of English proficiency by many graduate students being taught in English, the lack of qualifications of two VIU employees, and the extensive tolerance of plagiarism, mentioned in my earlier posting.
One Council member stating his concern about the "integrity of the program", was the single substantive comment by the panel. Virginia State Senator J. Chapman Petersen, the attorney for VIU, spoke in defense of the institution; though his Senate membership was not mentioned that day, it was the following day.
Chapman noted that two unqualified VIU staffers had been fired, and he offered to close down the online program that the staff had criticized, noting that it had only 30 students out of the some 400 enrollment. He said that he and VIU President Ira Sarac (who said nothing at the proceedings) were present in person "because we take these things seriously."
No one mentioned that the "400 students" Chapman spoke about was a fraction of the school's claimed enrollment of 1,876 in 2015-2016.
The members of the Academic Affairs Committee then voted, unanimously, to recommend to the full Council that the revocation-consideration process proceed. It was all over in a few minutes.
On the next day, Tuesday, March 19, VIU was discussed, briefly, twice. There were three people speaking in the public comment period; I was the first, followed by Senator Petersen; the third person dealt with a totally different subject.
My point was the integrity (or lack of it) in the school's finances. I noted that perhaps uniquely among non-profit universities in the state, VIU was paying local property taxes, because it had given the campus to a 70 percent university-owned for-profit subsidiary, Malvi Consulting, and then had started paying rent (reaching over a million dollars in 2017) to Malvi, which, because it was a for-profit entity, had to pay local property taxes.
"What possible legitimate reason can there be for such a maneuver?" I asked, and then noted that other Gulen-affiliated schools, such as the Dove Schools of Oklahoma, had used such arrangements to siphon public schools money to other, non-educational entities in the Gulen organization, all as recorded by the Oklahoma state auditor.
Petersen followed with another brief defense of the school. The Council had no questions for either of us.
An hour or so later, the full Council, again with scant conversation, approved the recommendation of the Academic Affairs committee to move ahead with the revocation process.
It will be a matter of months before the second phase of this process ends, and the Council makes a final decision.

2 years ago Gulen Imam school in (Ezerum), (Ezurum), Erzurum Turkey was closed down.  43 people arrested cache of guns found and secret passage ways,  this is where Soner Tarim taught according to his application for Harmony Schools.  

Within the scope of the investigation, the Provincial Police Department Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Branch teams, in accordance with the instructions of the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office within the framework of the State of Emergency (Decree Law) Decree (KHK) and transferred to the Ministry of National Education made examination in the educational institutions.

After the coup attempt on July 15 by the Erzurum Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, the investigation initiated in order to expose the activities and organizational structure of FETÖ and to take legal action against the perpetrators.

he police controlled the building on the north side of the college and identified a special section, which was entered through the door locked with a private key and formed by combining the 5th and 6th floors.

The hall, which has a small stage with seats and the "himmet" meetings of the organization, has an octagonal shape with a map of the world in it.

The second floor of the special section of the police, met with a much larger surprise. In the controls made here, it was determined that there were two and three bedrooms and kitchen, small meeting rooms and restaurants prepared for the people.

Erzurum National Education Directorate, which was transferred to the Ministry of Education with a large area, this college, then turned into 4 separate schools.As a result of the organization of the buildings in this area, called "Millet Okulları", Şehit Murat Ellik Primary School, Şehit Yakup Driver Anatolian High School, Şehit Hasan Yılmaz Girls Anatolian Imam Hatip High School and 15th of July Martyrs Imam Hatip Secondary School were opened.. 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Washington County in battle with Woodland Preparatory Charter School operated by #SonerTarim Unity Educational Services #Gulen

Soner Tarim the high priest of Gulen's Educational scam in the USA, is not only trying to open LEAD Academy but is attempting to open a second school in rural Washington County, via his Unity Educational Services a new format the Gulenists are attempting is hiding behind gavurs (non Gulenists) and more women.  Thus far this school has a 26.2% enrollment they need 80% of their projected enrollment (250) by June 2019.   BLOCK THIS ENROLLMENT

Note SONER TARIMS original application for Harmony Schools in Texas and how he was educated in the hometown of Gulen (Ezereum, Turkey) in a Madrassa - Dershane Gulen Lighthouse Boarding school.   Soner is one of the Gulen Movement's earliest disciples groomed, molded and brainwashed for IMAM ORDUSU 

Woodland Prep is a charter school horror story — and it hasn’t even been built yet.
Located in rural Washington County, Woodland Prep, which will open as a K-7 school this fall and add a grade level each year, is everything state leaders assured us could never happen under Alabama’s charter school laws.
Its land is owned by a shady Utah holding company. Its building is owned by a for-profit Arizona company. It will be managed by a for-profit Texas company that doesn’t employ a single Alabamian. It will pay the head of that management company around $300,000 per year — up front. Its application was rejected by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, which Alabama pays a hefty sum to review and approve charter applications. Woodland’s management plan failed to meet basic standards for approval in any of the three plan areas reviewed by NACSA.
Some of the complex structures of Gulen Movement
Soner Tarims Harmony Science Academy in Texas 

Soner's Brother Mustafa Tarim

Some of the many Gulenists that operate other charter schools
connected to Soner Tarim on social media.   Do not deny the undenialable they are the
Gulen Movement
Woodland also is not welcome in Washington County, where residents turned up at a 10-1 ratio to speak out against it last year during community meetings. And maybe most importantly, the school is not needed in the poverty-stricken county, where not a single school is failing, most exceed state averages and students are free to attend any school in the county they wish.
“We never thought this school would be approved,” said Betty Brackin, an employee of the Washington County school system and an outspoken opponent of Woodland. “Before we knew any of the things about who was running it or all of that, we knew that only a small number of people in this county — people who were upset for personal reasons … with the public school system — they’re the only ones who wanted it. The rest of this county is not for this, and we’ve let everyone know it.”
But Woodland was approved by the Alabama Charter School Commission, which appeared to violate at least three of its responsibilities in doing so.
The Commission ignored the community outcry against Woodland and failed to even discuss the need — or lack thereof — for a charter school in the county. Both of those are specific requirements within Alabama’s charter school law for the Commission to consider during its public meetings.
Additionally, charter schools approved in Alabama are, according to Alabama’s law, required to meet “national standards.” To assure those standards are met, Alabama lawmakers assured a concerned public that a “top-notch” national body — to quote two state representatives — would be contracted to review every application before those applications would be considered by the Commission. NACSA is that group, and Alabama pays it nearly $100,000 per year to review applications, and then the Commission ignores its advice.
Woodland Prep’s was at least the third charter application that NACSA rejected for very specific, very detailed reasons. For example, in questioning Woodland’s operational plan, the NACSA reviewers had concerns about its hiring of Unity School Services to perform management and education services. It was unclear why USS was selected, if the company — which had just eight total employees, none of which were in Alabama — could even do the job, and what expertise it had in such areas.
NACSA also noted that Woodland’s education plan included very few details, especially for a school scheduled to open the next school year, and had failed to identify key partnerships or assign key roles.

Commission Failings

None of that mattered to the Commission, though. It approved Woodland’s application, and from what I can tell, the application was never reviewed by any other outside entity. (Other charter applications rejected by NACSA and later approved by the Commission were at least approved by a different entity.)
I asked the Alabama State Department of Education, which has oversight responsibilities of the Charter School Commission, to explain why the application was approved after being rejected by NACSA and/or to provide me with an approval of an amended application by NACSA or another group. There was no response.
ALSDE did, however, respond to several other questions I submitted concerning the troubling details of Woodland Prep’s ownership and management, the lack of community support for the school and about specific details — such as lease rates and interest rates — contained in agreements between Woodland’s board and the private companies it had contracted with.
ALSDE is supposed to maintain records, such as building plans and lease agreements, that charter schools enter into. That is because, as the authorizer of the charter school in Washington County, the Commission is responsible under Alabama law for the oversight of that school.  
But in response to my questions, ALSDE decided to be flippant. It directed questions about community opposition to “commissioners who attended the meetings,” despite the fact that ALSDE video recorded each meeting. It disputed that the Commission has a responsibility to monitor and oversee the charter schools it approves, stating that “the Commission may monitor …” the schools. And finally, when asked about the out-of-state ownership and management of Woodland, ALSDE said those questions should be directed to one of those out-of-state groups.
Which seems to indicate that there is no oversight whatsoever of charter schools — or the process to approve charter schools — in Alabama.

The Gulen Connection

A month ago, I had never heard of Woodland Prep, or of the uproar that has taken place in Washington County over its approval. But the day after I wrote a story about Montgomery’s LEAD Academy — which the Commission also approved despite a rejected application, questionable ownership and a shady management company — six different emails landed in my email inbox from Washington County residents.
All of the emails, including two from teachers, one from a dentist, another from a doctor and one from Brackin, the school system employee I mentioned earlier, had the same general theme: “Please help expose what’s happening in Washington County.” That was the actual subject line of one of the emails.
It seems that one name in my story about LEAD had caught their attention: Soner Tarim. Tarim is the CEO of Unity School Services and was the founder of Harmony Schools, a mostly-successful charter school group in Texas. Tarim and Harmony also have their very serious problems, not least of which is their ties to a Muslim cleric and controversial preacher from Turkey, Fetullah Gulen, and his Gulen Movement.
Numerous reports from the New York Times to Reuters and other local news outlets linked Harmony and Tarim to Gulen, and some labeled Harmony a financial front for Gulen’s movement. While Gulen espouses a more moderate brand of Islam, his movement has been labeled a terrorist organization by Turkey, which has accused Gulen and his followers of attempting to overthrow the Turkish government. Others dispute those claims, and believe the terrorist label is unfairly applied to Gulen, who has shown no proclivity for violence.
Regardless, other legal questions have been raised about Harmony and Tarim’s use of the schools to exploit a visa program and to skirt hiring laws in order to give contract jobs to Turkish workers and teachers.
There have also been other, education-related problems, such as a massive grade-change scandal at Harmony in Texas and financial fraud allegations related to grants at other Gulen schools.
But in Washington County, while there was concern about Tarim’s past and his connections to Gulen, the much bigger question was a simple one: Why is he here?
“No one could figure out why someone from Texas would come to little ol’ Washington County for a charter school,” said Brackin, who is the federal programs coordinator for the system.
        April 29, 2019 the county of Washington in Alabama will screen the documentary called
KILLING ED, which is about the Gulen Movement charter schools in the USA and specificially about Soner Tarim's schools in Texas HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY 

Charlotte Meadows of LEAD Academy runs for Alabama State Senate #74, partners with Gulenist #SonerTarim

Anyone involved with researching the Gulen Movement knows they worship POWER and MONEY .  They previously wrapped themselves around many members of Congress and had lobbying groups based out of Washington DC.   Cash strapped and re evaluating their political agenda especially after the Kemal Oksuz arrest they have now focused on more local and regional members of legislature.  Thereby making Charlotte Meadows bid for Senate particularly troubling if not a CONFLICT OF INTEREST when it comes to making legislature on education she will vote to fund more charter schools.   Charlotte Meadows has slept with the Gulen Movement you lie with the dogs you catch fleas

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The co-founder of Mongomery’s LEAD Academy charter school Charlotte Meadows announced she will run for the District 74 House seat.
In a news release, Meadows said she will focus on being an advocate for public school education and helping students better prepare for today’s workforce.
“Improving the public schools in Montgomery is the key to recruiting new industries and opportunities for our citizens, preserving jobs at Maxwell and Gunter, and making sure that District 74 remains growing and vibrant,” Meadows said. “We must attract more businesses to fill the empty storefronts that dot our legislative district, we must work to stop the crime that occurs in our neighborhoods, and we must preserve a quality of life that keeps our friends, neighbors, children, and grandchildren from moving elsewhere. I know we can make Montgomery the same vibrant city that I remember from childhood.”
Meadows was a member of the Montgomery School Board for six years where she served as board president from 2010 to 2012. She is also the former director of Alabama Outreach of StudentsFirst, a non-profit organization that works to improve public education.
Gov. Kay Ivey set a special election for the District 74 seat after the death of State Rep. Dimitri Polizos.

Alabama supreme court overturns decision on LEAD Academy, Charlotte Meadows to run for State Senate #74 #Gulen #SonerTarim

Montgomery’s first public charter school was given the go-ahead by the Alabama Supreme Court in a ruling on Friday, though it’s unclear when the school, LEAD Academy, plans to open.
Today’s ruling reverses a lower court ruling that a vote to approve the charter school’s application by five of the nine Alabama Public Charter School Commission members did not constitute a majority vote.
“We are thrilled,” LEAD board president Charlotte Meadows told, “and ready to make this happen---if at all possible---but will focus on quality and success before speed.”
LEAD Academy officials originally planned to open at the start of the current school year, but the lawsuit, filed by the Alabama Education Association and two Montgomery County public school employees, stalled forward progress.
The Court, in a 6-to-2 decision, ruled that because state law defines a quorum of the Commission as six members, a majority of the quorum constitutes a majority vote and the approval of LEAD Academy’s application stands.
The Court also ruled that state law only requires the Commission to add a local school district representative, referred to as “the 11th member," to the Commission when considering an appeal of a denial of a charter school applicant by that local charter school authorizer.
In an official statement, LEAD Academy wrote, “We continue to believe that this lawsuit was nothing more than an attempt to protect the status quo that for far too long has failed to put the needs of students first.”
"Hopefully we can all move past the petty arguments of adults," the statement continued, "and focus our attention on what our education system should be focused on - ensuring every child in Montgomery has an opportunity to receive a high-quality education."
A spokesperson for Montgomery schools said the Board had not yet seen the ruling and would review the Court’s decision.
The Alabama Education Association did not return a request for comment prior to the publication of this article.
Charter schools are public schools but have much more autonomy on issues such as hiring, curriculum and scheduling than traditional public schools. The flexibility is intended to encourage innovative programs that serve some students better than traditional schools.
In exchange for the autonomy, public charter schools are expected to meet certain benchmarks such as academic improvements. The charter school can be closed if it fails to meet those benchmarks.
Montgomery County has 10 schools that were declared “failing” under the Alabama Accountability Act dropping from 11 in 2018.
The Alabama Department of Education intervened in the Montgomery school system in 2017, pointing to low student achievement and financial difficulties the district was experiencing.
The Montgomery County Board of Education refused to take action on Feb. 19 to approve a contract with the Montgomery Education Foundation to convert four current public schools in the district to charter schools. State Superintendent Eric Mackey said the decision of the board was final.

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Curious case of Frank Erdogan aka Muhammed Erdogan aka Fethullah Erdogan from Utah, to Australia to San Francisco

In a strange bizarre case of "hide a Turk"  Muhammed Erdogan aka Frank Erdogan first came under our spotlight in 2009 in Utah as principal of the troubled Gulen charter school Beehive Science and Technology School.   It was due to close in 2010, after much controversy over Holocaust teaching remarks from Frank /Muhammed.  There was other controversy surrounding substandard teaching and the Gulen Movement involvement.
Then the same age old issues of the Gulenists with sticky fingers using US taxpayers educational money pay over $300,000 for H1 B visas of their wayward brethren (aka More Turks) Their teacher was below average, English skills horrific.  With the threat of the school being closed down after horrible test scores and community complaints especially by ex board members, the state had a meeting with the new interim principal who brought in an attorney that intimidated the state educational board.  They were given 1 year probation which turned into 7 more years.

But what happened to Frank / Muhammed Erdogan?  Well he ended up surfacing in Australia using the name "Fethullah Erdoghan"

Some Mutual Gulen Friends:   Just a bunch of cult buddies right?