Gulen's American Empire

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Lead Charter Academy of Alabama Gulen School hits snag with AEA lawsuit

An Alabama Education Association lawsuit filed Monday alleges that the state charter commission’s approval of Montgomery’s first-approved charter school is “invalid” or “arbitrary.”

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) recommended LEAD Academy be denied ahead of the state commission’s vote, because “the applicants failed to present a clear and comprehensive education program plan” and because a proposed loan from American Charter Development to cover costs of a new building raised financial concerns.
“This charter school is simply not a good charter school, “ AEA associate executive director Theron Stokes said. “An objective outside agency looked at it and said it doesn’t meet the standards that are necessary for it to be a charter school.”
The AEA sought an injunction to prevent public funds or lands from being exchanged with LEAD Academy. The school does not have a building yet, and the AEA said it has “information and belief” that LEAD Academy chairperson Charlotte Meadows has been discussing purchasing one of the three schools selected for closure by interim state superintendent Ed Richardson.
Meadows confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser on Tuesday that LEAD had inquired about Dozier Elementary School. 
The terms reached allow LEAD Academy to recruit staff and advertise to students as it prepares to open for the fall semester. However, LEAD is prevented from offering contracts to staff and and enrolling students. 
The terms also prevent LEAD from acquiring any public funds or land between now and April 30. That includes any Montgomery Public Schools Properties and prevents LEAD Academy from receiving any funds from local governments. Meadows asked the Montgomery City Council for financial contributions Tuesday night. 
Meadows told the Advertiser on Tuesday that there was a possibility of LEAD not being able to open in the fall if a building is not secured quickly. At Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, Meadows sounded more confident.
“There’s no way the name Charlotte Meadows will be associated with anything but an excellent charter school,” Meadows said. “That’s what we will provide and we expect to have the school starting in August 2018.”
More: LEAD Academy becomes first charter school approved for Montgomery
The contract has yet to be finalized between LEAD Academy and the state committee, which acts as the authorizer holding LEAD Academy accountable to benchmarks established in the contract.
The contract must be completed within 60 days of the approval date. LEAD Academy planned to open this fall and offer K-5 curriculum to 360 students. 
The state commission is the authorizer for LEAD Academy because the Montgomery County Board of Education (MCBOE) did not become an authorizer until January, the month after LEAD applied to the state. 
Charter schools that will be approved by the MCBOE — or interim state superintendent Ed Richardson as head of an intervention school district — have until March 16 to apply. 
Originally Published 4:26 pm CST March 7, 2018
Updated 6:40 pm CST March 7, 2018

Creation of Montgomery's first charter school hits snag
A snag has developed in the plan to set up Montgomery's first charter school.
Monday, officials with Lead Academy confirmed they will not be purchasing the building that currently houses the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce's small business incubator, located at 600 South Court Street.
School leaders said the proposed deal with the Chamber of Commerce fell through but did not provide any details about the situation.
Leads Academy officials say the search is now on for a 'Plan B' to find another location. 
The goal is to begin classes this fall, but delays in securing a location could delay that start.
WSFA 12 News has been unable to reach chamber leaders for their reaction.
The Alabama Public Charter School Commission approved the city's first charter school start-up in a 5 to 1 vote on Feb. 12.

Alabama LEAD Academy, has no finances, no educational experience and Soner Tarim of the Gulen Movement on it's application AEA LAWSUIT looming

ALABAMA'S FIRST CHARTER SCHOOL  Application for Charter School

    Dr. Soner Tarim from Harmony Science Academy in Texas is on the board

By Trisha Powell Crain

The Alabama Public Charter School Commission Monday gave approval for LEAD Academy to become Montgomery County's first public charter school, in a 5-1 vote, with Commission Chairman Mac Buttram abstaining. Buttram said he abstained because he has previously worked with members of LEAD Academy's board. LEAD Academy plans to open in August for the 2018-2019 school year with 360 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, expanding by one or more grades each year until it serves a total of 1,250 students in all grades by the 2024-2025 school year. Public charter schools are publicly funded but have more autonomy than traditional public schools in finance, personnel, scheduling, curriculum, instruction and procurement.

 The flexibility is intended to encourage innovative programs that serve some students better than traditional schools. According to a presentation made by the four founding board members to the Commission, the acronym LEAD comes from the vision for the school: "to build leaders by engaging students, focusing on high achievement and developing the whole child to become knowledgeable, productive, well-rounded citizens." Leaders, engaging, achievement and developing being the keywords there. LEAD Academy Board Chair Charlotte Meadows, a former Montgomery Board of Education member, said in a press release, "We are excited to start preparing for the upcoming school year and serving students that are looking for another option in Montgomery."

 The board held a public meeting in January in downtown Montgomery, where, at the time, press reports said the school may be located, but Meadows told the Commission those plans are not yet final. This will be the first public charter school to use a Charter Management Organization, or CMO, to perform what Meadows called "central office" duties for the school. Unity School Services, a newly-formed for-profit organization, will serve as the education service provider for LEAD Academy.

 The role of the education service provider, according to the presentation, is similar to what central office personnel do in local school districts and includes developing, monitoring, and evaluating curriculum and instruction and conducting professional development and training for teachers and other personnel in the school. Unity School Services' founder Dr. Soner Tarim, who founded the Harmony Public Schools network in 2000, attended the meeting and fielded questions from Commissioners about how the school will operate. Harmony Public Schools network is the largest charter school network in Texas, with 54 schools and 34,000 students, and the second largest in the nation, Tarim said. After the meeting, Buttram, who has served on the Commission since its inception in 2015, said the for-profit nature of Unity School Services doesn't worry him.

Soner Tarim receiving an award just weeks before
he stepped down as Harmony Superintendent resurfaces in China and Alabama

"They are a for-profit organization, and they're in it, I'm sure, to turn a profit," Buttram said, "but they have an expertise and a history that can be very beneficial, I believe."  
The school will use a "cross-disciplinary blended PBL [project-based learning] curriculum" that will be aligned with Alabama's course of study. The curriculum will be a STREAMS-based curriculum, board member Dr. Lori White told Commissioners. STREAMS is an acronym for science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, math, and social and emotional learning, she said, and the school day will include longer blocks for English Language Arts and math.
Board member William Green said character development through social and emotional learning is central to the school's mission. Character has to be developed "in every class, in every day," Green said. "Throughout all the way from kindergarten through high school."
"If there was a culture change in Montgomery public schools, we wouldn't even be here in the first place," Green said.
Montgomery County's public schools are undergoing state department of education intervention for academic and financial reasons. In January, 14 of Montgomery's schools were declared "failing" under the Alabama Accountability Act, and 17 schools received F's on the state's report card.
On Feb. 9, Alabama interim state superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson, who is overseeing the intervention, unveiled next steps for Montgomery's public schools, including closing four schools, and eliminating 17 central office positions.In December, Richardson declared Montgomery County would begin accepting charter applications as part of the intervention and will accept applications for charter operators through March 16.
LEAD Academy's board members, under the name Infinity Learning Center, applied to the Commission last year, and received conditional approval, but withdrew the application. Because of the work that had been completed on the prior application, the Commission granted permission to open for enrollment in 2018.  
The next round of applications to the Commission is due March 16. The Commission will meet next on May 14 to vote on those applications.  
Mobile's ACCEL Academy, which serves students in grades 9 through 12 who are at risk of dropping out, opened last August as the first public charter school in Alabama. University Charter School in Sumter County plans to open in Livingston in west Alabama in August of this year.
After the meeting, Buttram said he feels good about LEAD Academy's approval and the Commission's oversight of applications. "I have been an advocate for many years for charter schools," he said, "and to be a part of approving the first ones in the state of Alabama is certainly important to me."

LEAD Academy faces challenges, critics ahead of planned fall opening
Charlotte Meadows discusses the LEAD Academy charter school at her home in Montgomery, Ala. on Tuesday March 6, 2018. (Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser)

Charter school LEAD Academy hopes to have $500,000 in start-up funds prior to a planned fall opening. It has $2,000 in the bank. The school was approved by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission on Feb. 12; that was after the National Association of Charter School Authorizers recommended they be denied. Five months before LEAD Academy hopes to open its doors to its first 360 students, the school has no building, principal or teachers. 

For a charter school trying to be one of the first to open in Montgomery, LEAD Academy's first few months of operation have given critics plenty of questions and few answers. If you tell me there is general distrust on social media and Facebook, I believe you,"  LEAD Academy chairperson Charlotte Meadows said. "What I’m getting in the public is strangers walking up to me and saying, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing.’"
The most recent challenge for LEAD Academy is a lawsuit filed Monday by the Alabama Education Association (AEA) alleging the state charter commission's vote for LEAD's approval was "invalid" or "arbitrary."
Prior to news of the lawsuit being made public, Meadows responded to concerns about charter schools entering Montgomery and outlined the challenges still facing her school in an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser.
The largest obstacle is having doors to open when fall semester begins, a priority that could delay LEAD's opening by a year if not accomplished soon, Meadows said.
We’re not at that point yet," Meadows said. "I feel like I’ve got several strong possibilities for buildings right now, and I think either one of the three I’m looking at could well work. If they don’t, the board will have to decide, ‘OK, we’re going to punt to 2019.'"
A hoped-for $3 million deal to purchase the Small Business Resource Center fell through. Meadows said she has inquired about the possibility of acquiring Dozier Elementary School, one of four schools interim state superintendent Ed Richardson announced would be closed in the fall as a cost-saving measure for Montgomery Public Schools (MPS). A building is also required to complete the school's contract with the state commission, due within 60 days of the Feb. 12 approval date. 
If a building is secured, it will be paid for by American Charter Development, a charter school financer that would lease the building to LEAD Academy for the first three years before selling the building to the school outright, Meadows said. 
LEAD currently has $2,000 on the books after $500 each from board members Lori White, Ryan Cantrell, William Green and Meadows. LEAD's goal is to collect $500,000 to cover staff salaries and start-up costs for the three months prior to opening, a goal the board has tried to reach through both corporate donations and individual contributions. Meadows said the opening of the school is not contingent upon the wallets of Montgomery citizens. 
"I agree it doesn’t look like we have $500,000 in the bank, and we don’t," Meadows said. "We do have a commitment of a loan from a bank so we will have the finances to start if we don’t raise any money. That would not be ideal, but it can be done."
The school will earn money through state and federal education funds like other public schools, and could also see revenue from the Montgomery County education fund, donations and grants.
Meadows said the board members will not profit from the school. The school is projected to make $105,000 its first year, spending $6,900 per student while making an estimated $7,200 per student.
More: LEAD Academy becomes first charter school approved for Montgomery
The only person who will profit from school revenue is Soner Tarim, founder of charter school network Harmony Public Schools in Texas. Tarim, through the recently formed charter management organization Unity School Services, is acting as adviser to LEAD Academy and will be in charge of establishing a curriculum alongside the school's yet-to-be-hired principal.
Tarim's 54 Harmony schools in Texas have a 100 percent college acceptance rate at schools while serving more than 33,000 students, 61 percent of whom are economically disadvantaged and 64 percent of whom are the first in their family to attend college, according to the school system's website. 
Meadows said Tarim will be in charge of "day-to-day operations" and will bring staff to Montgomery to serve as a central office.
Facing criticism that none of LEAD Academy's board members have taught or started a school before, Meadows called Tarim "the expertise we need."
"Soner is the person with experience we’ll be relying on for all the education expertise. We also have several teachers working with us in an advisory capacity and we’ve got the entire State Department of Education that’s supposed to help get us started," Meadows said. "Then we intend to hire principals and teachers, and they will be the experts in the school curriculum, the teaching. That’s not ever supposed to be the board’s role. We know there’s going to be people that are critical and not trusting. They don’t have to choose a charter school as an option for their child. This is for parents who want something different."
More: First charter school in Montgomery? Public meeting held for LEAD Academy
But the hiring of Tarim, who is in talks to make 10 and 13 percent of LEAD Academy's revenue, does not come without controversy. 
Harmony schools were subject to investigation beginning in 2011 due to rumors of a connection between the schools and the Turkish Gülen movement, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed for the 2016 Turkish coup. 
The Turkish government issued a complaint in May 2016 accusing Harmony of self-dealing and funneling American taxpayer money to Gülen, a Turkish cleric and political opponent of Erdogan, who has reportedly been living in Pennsylvania since 1999. The complaint was dismissed by the Texas Education Agency in Oct. 2016, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Meadows said she questioned Tarim about the alleged ties before hiring him in the fall, saying "he's explained where all of that came from."
"Soner told us last time he was here that he is not even able to go back to Turkey anymore," Meadows said. "The fact the state of Texas has awarded him some of the awards he’s received over the past couple years and the fact we’ve gotten to know him and what he’s been able to accomplish, I’m convinced he’s not part of a Gülen movement. Furthermore the board has complete authority over all contracts and all hires. The CMO (Tarim) can make recommendations, and we expect he will, but it will be the board’s decision."
Meadows said she saw Tarim's commitment when he flew into Atlanta and drove through the Jan. 17 snowstorm to get to Meadows' house for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) phone interview. 
More: 'We're in big time trouble:' Charter schools, loss of accreditation possible for MPS
NACSA ultimately recommended LEAD Academy be denied, a concern mentioned by critics and the AEA lawsuit. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Margo Davidson PA State Senator goes to Greece for Gulen Fugitives VISION ACADEMY

Margo Davidson is currently running for Congress, She has also been in trouble not 1 time but 2 times for crashing Government vehicles with a suspended license.  See Criminal Report and Court case below.   THIS IS WHAT RUNS FOR CONGRESS

Opening Schools for Gulen   Excellent investigative reporting by Agnes Lawless Bedard

September 2015 the William Penn School District opened the doors to the first charter school in Delaware County. The ribbon cutting ceremony for Vision Academy Charter School was attended by Pennsylvania State Representative Margo Davidson, (D-164), Yeadon Mayor Rohan Hepkins, the only mayor to attend out of 48 boroughs, but the event was short on elected representatives. Those in attendance were not told the whole truth about the charter school. Vision Academy is a Gulen Movement school with its CEO and principal having organized other Gulen school that the FBI is now investigating.
Representative Davidson’s support for the school has not changed even with the knowledge that Adem Oksuz, principal and CEO of Vision Academy has moved from school to school, state to state creating Gulen schools only to have the schools investigated or closed due to financial irregularities, abuse of the H1B Visa program and failing the students with a subpar education. Davidson stated at the opening that “I know some folks are going to beat me up for supporting,” she said as she gave remarks to the crowd. “But I still say every child has the right to education, regardless of their zip code. We cannot continue to [let] children that live in poverty have only one option.”
Adem Oksuz, is the registered CEO of Vision Academy. The filing with the Federal Department of Education, lists Oksuz’s accomplishments as being the supervisor of the Daisy Education Corporation (charter holder of Gulen charter schools in Arizona including Sonoran Science Academy) and the Superintendent of Sonoran Science Academy. The picture is not what it would seem. In fact, Oksuz had been involved in more than 4 different Gulen schools in various capabilities’.
In Arizona, the charter schools related to the Gulen movement included, Sonoran schools, which Oksuz was involved with. According to an audit of the schools, it was found that there was a lack of compliance in the filing of financial information, of incorrect overbillings for school lunches for the federal program, improper record keeping of student’s attendance, and the misuse of the H1-B Visa Program where the schools brought 358 teachers from Turkey to teach at the schools between 2001 and 2016. The practice of spending funds on H1-B Visas has become so rampant in Gulen schools it costs American taxpayers $8.7 million.
Margo Davidson with Gulenist Adem Oksuz
In 2015, two Arizona Members of Congress, U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva and U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego called for hearings into the Sonoran network of schools. An investigation found that the H1-B employees were forced to give back 40% of their paychecks to the Gulen Movement.
The Gulen Movement school has been accused of running the organization like an illegal enterprise like the Mafia. There are multiple companies that overlap with the schools. Oksuz has been listed in various businesses with ties to Gulen as a consultant or as CEO but then he shifts from those positions to a school position. For example, the educational vendor for Gulen schools is Apple Education Service, which is also, according to records, Oksuz either owned or was the Regional Director for the East Coast. While at “Apple”, Oksuz applied for but was denied applications for 2 other charter schools, one in Hawaii and the other in Lancaster while he was also working in the Arizona charter schools.
The overlap of services is what the FBI and other government agencies look at for racketeering charges, according to a retired FBI agent who asked not to be named. One senior State Department official said Gulen schools and charities in America “look a lot like the ways in which organized crime sets itself up…to hide money for money laundering.” In 2017, Yale Education Studies published a research study of Gulen schools. After studying how the schools are set up, the faculty, financial reports and investigations by government agencies, their conclusion was “While schools disassociate themselves from Gulen himself, many administration officials in his charter schools are connected to him and his religious-political cult. Numerous Gulen schools across the country are under investigation by the FBI, the Department of Education, and/or the Department of Labor.”
Continuing the study written by Edgar Aviña, Shoshana Davidoff-Gore, Caitlin Dermody, Daniel Vernick, the study concluded that “the Gulen schools appear to be implicated in a greater scandal that would most likely affect the students’ abilities to receive an education solely focusing on the student’s growth academically, intellectually, and socially.”
The charges the Gulen schools face are “paying female and non-Turkish teachers less than male Turks to favoring Turkish companies for construction of school buildings despite lower bids from American businesses, and forcing teachers brought over from Turkey to give a certain portion of their salary to Gulen political leaders in Turkey.” Yet, with this wealth of information, the William Penn School District and Pennsylvania State Representative Margo Davidson, both approved a charter school run by Adem Oksuz whose employment record includes education stops driven by the Gulen Movement.
Mr. Gülen has an international following estimated to approach 10 million people. He has developed a vast network of businesses and nongovernmental organizations that supply him with financial support, and he is estimated to control at least $25 billion in assets. In the United States, Mr. Gülen controls dozens of business entities and more than 120 charter schools in various states, many of which are or have been under investigation by state and federal criminal and regulatory authorities. The California chapter of the NAACPhas also called for all Gulen schools to close immediately.


Isaac Durmus
Vision Academy Charter School was opened in 2015 in the William Penn School District. The principal of the school is Isaac Durmus who is also listed on federal documents as the co-CEO of the school. This is not the first school that Durmus has been involved in. According to documents, Durmus has been involved in charter schools for over 10 years and the schools all have one thing in common, they have all been linked to the Gulen Movement.

Durmus’ background in education came under fire from the Philadelphia School District, when another school that has been linked to the Gulen Movement, Truebright Science Academy Charter School was closed due to its inability to increase the skills of its students in 2015, which is the same year that Vision Academy Charter School opened in Lansdowne. Truebright came under fire then investigation when they received a grant of over $1.2 million for an afterschool program but the problem was the school was being closed by the Philadelphia School District.
Although, the school was aware of it’s perilous situation they decided to move forward on the application for funding. Durum, who was Truebright’s dean of academics, stated that school leaders decided to move forward despite uncertainties related to the charter. He said, “That’s not going to be our decision, so we decided to keep moving on serving our students. That’s our goal.” The goal, apparently, was to continue funding a school that would close. The school was closed by the Commonwealth and the Philadelphia School District in 2015.
The school was not renewed by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission and told to close by 2012. The school continued to appeal the decision but the SRC stated multiple reasons for the closing. In all the SRC found there were 18 different violations committed by Truebright. The SRC stated that Truebright should not have their charter renewed because “adequate yearly process (AYP) in every year during the Charter School’s current charter term,” failure “to provide adequate academic supports and program implementation for English Language Learners and for students with special needs,” and having fewer than 75 percent of professional staff certified.
Margo Davidson at Ribbon Cutting for Gulen School VISION ACADEMY 
n 2011, nine teachers filed unfair hiring complaints against the school, alleging Truebright hired and promoted Turkish nationals, many who lacked teaching certificates, at the expense of more-experienced and certified American-born teachers. One teacher brought discrimination lawsuit against the school, which was settled out of court in 2013. Yet, this knowledge still led to Durmus being approved to open a charter school in the William Penn School District.

Durmus is the co-CEO of Vision Academy according to documents filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Included in the application is a resume for Durmus. Durmus states in the resume that in 2006 he was teaching in his homeland of Turkey. Yet, in just a year later, Durmus lists that he became the not only a teacher but the department chair for science for another known Gulen movement school, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology. Once again, accusations of discrimination arose. This time by a member of the United States military.
Erik Verniere, a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard, 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Regiment and a social studies teacher at Paterson, sued the school after not being retained for employment. Verniere stated the school “exhibited hostility” towards him for his membership in the National Guard and his need for military leave when he asked for time off for his duty. Verniere stated that he was told that “it was not conducive to his career at Paterson to miss certain training due to military obligations.” According to Verniere, the school in “blatant retaliation” terminated his employment. Verniere finally settled the case after bringing a suit against the school for $125,000.
In reviewing the records of employment for Durmus, a pattern emerges of schools that do not meet their educational goals that are promised in the charter applications. The schools have been sued for discrimination against teachers who are not of a Turkish background. There is an obvious uptick in H1-B Visa applications. There has been evidence of financial wrongdoings such as not putting work up for bid.
Another school that Durmus was the principal of Rochester Academy Charter School in New York, has an ongoing investigation for the improper use of tax dollars. As in all Gulen schools, the outside vendors are all connected to the Gulen Movement. For instance, the use of Apple Educational Service for educational devices such as laptops, etc. the address for Apple Education is listed as the same address as Fethullah Gulen. The schools and the company Apple Education deny their relationship with Gulen. Considering the use of the same address it seems unreasonable to believe to believe there is no connection.
The available knowledge of those who are involved in Vision Academy Charter School is not difficult to find. The accusations of discrimination, the settlements, the lack of progression in test scores and the connection between those who run this school with the Gulen movement is evidence that the William Penn School District would have been able to find quickly. The school is now expanding into a larger building in Darby as the school’s plan was accepted by council December 2017. Investigative Report by Agnes Lawless Bedard

Wait it gets better, democrat Margo Davidson accepted PAC funds from Betsy DeVos StudentsFirst 

Students First Political Action Committee, an offshoot of Betsy DeVos PAC for charter schools

When President Trump picked Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education it the understanding was she was picked due to her financial support to the Republican Party. It is estimated that DeVos, her husband, Dick DeVos and their family have donated at least $20.2 million to Republican candidates, party committees, PACs and super PACs” since 1989. DeVos has been instrumental in fighting for educational vouchers to allow public education funds to be used for private schools and creation of charter schools. DeVos, is a staunch conservative Republican. It would seem unlikely that a Democrat would ever be on the receiving end of any contributions from DeVos. One did. Pennsylvania State Representative Margo Davidson (D-164)
Betsy DeVos created the political action committee, American Federation for Children, (AFC) to contribute to the campaigns of candidates who will sponsor legislation that will allow public funding of private schools and charter schools. Margo Davidson has been the recipient of much of her campaign funding from that DeVos, as StudentsFirst, an offshoot of DeVos’s AFC, has spent almost $200,000 on the Davidson campaign to re-elected as a Pennsylvania State Representative. According to campaign finance reports, the AFC has already funneled $1 MILLION into Pennsylvania politics this spring through the Students First PAC. How much Davidson will receive has not been reported as campaign financials have not been released.
What does DeVos expect from her candidate that after being bestowed with a political contribution from her PAC? She expects and demands the candidate do her bidding. DeVos stated in an earlier interview with “Occasionally a wayward reporter will try to make the charge that we are giving this money to get something in return, or that we must be purchasing influence in some way. They are right. We do expect some things in return.” According to campaign finance reports, the AFC has already funneled $1 MILLION into Pennsylvania politics this spring through the Students First PAC.
Davidson has not been shy about voting for to create charter schools in Upper Darby and across Pennsylvania. Since her vote in 2011, along with Pennsylvania Republicans to create a voucher system which would create public funding of charter schools, Davidson has walked the line between pro and anti-charter school groups.
Complete Story by Agnes Lawless Bedard HERE

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Gulen Charter School Dove Science Academy student arrested for school sh...

Schools receiving threats included East Central, Webster and Rogers high schools, Dove Science Academy, and Union 9th Grade Center. Also named in threats were the Bixby and Berryhill districts.

At East Central, the threat never resulted in a lockdown, but there was a police presence at the school for a couple of days. On Monday, the day after the threat was reported, there were very few students at school, Portman said.

“Most of the kids who came to my class were those who don’t speak English. They were unaware of the threat,” said Portman, who teaches Spanish AP and Spanish for Hispanics.

Harmony Parent the TRUTH: Harmony Public School in Katy, TEXAS student arres...

Harmony Parent the TRUTH: Harmony Public School in Katy, TEXAS student arres...: A second student was arrested Monday after he made a threat to the Harmony Public School campus in Katy via social media, according to auth...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gulen University Virginia International University VIU, double dipping excessive H1-b and Student Federal Loans

Lets not forget the Gulen Movement operates 4 universities in the USA besides 167 publicly funded charter schools.  They are money pits for excessive H1-b Visas, foreign students and growing debt of Federal Student Loans. Is VIU - Virginia International University accredited or provisional?  As Student federal loans increase in debt to surpase $1 Trillion we need to examine the "universities" in the USA operated by Gulenists.  
Besides Suleyman Bahceci that was the former CEO/ Superintendent of the troubled Gulen Charter Schools in California MAGNOLIA SCIENCE CALIFORNIA who is the current VP of Student Affairs at the VIU- there is another "foreign student" that refers to himself as "mongolian" from - But it appears he is actually one of the teachers from a Gulen all-girl Kyrgzstan school.You decide.


In state and local politics there is a phenomenon called "double dipping". Well-connected pols manage to secure two or more sources of taxpayer-provided income from two or more elections, appointments, or some combination of both. For example, the same individual serving as both the mayor of a town and a member of the county board of supervisors. It is a widespread practice in France as well.
That may not be a good idea, but it is both common, and often legal; it certainly was when I encountered it during my youth in New Jersey politics.
Double-dipping can happen in the immigration field as well. Middlemen who get alien investments through the EB-5 program, for example, then turn around and use another part of the immigration system to get low-cost labor. Sometimes this is questionable but legal, and other times it is flat-out illegal. As we previously reported, an EB-5 funded lumber mill in Florida used workers on tourist visas to lower costs and, in this instance, it was caught in the act.
Today's example of double-dipping in the immigration field involves a low-ranking university in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. It is one of the four such educational entities with remarkable profit margins that we reported on recently. Virginia International University (VIU) is also part of the Gulen network of schools that is said to siphon off educational funds into the politics of Turkey, as noted earlier. This is the conservative (but non-violent) Islamic cult that revolves around a self-exiled Turkish cleric, Fethtullah Gulen, who lives in rural Pennsylvania.
VIU's bread and butter is the foreign student trade; it would quickly go out of business if it were not able to issue the paperwork that leads to F-1 visas (as it can at the moment ). So that's the first and most obvious dip. But that is not enough for VIU; like some other compromised colleges, it also makes extensive use of the H-1B program.
This is not always part of the picture. A somewhat comparable and nearby institution — the American College of Commerce & Technology (ACCT), recently put out of business by Virginia state authorities — never used the H-1B program, as VIU has extensively. But ACCT was a stand-alone activity — it was not part of a broader network like VIU.
VIU, whose student enrollment is probably in the 400-500 range, down from earlier highs, has filed for and received 38 H-1B slots in the last seven years, plus half a dozen green cards, telling the U.S. government in each case that it needed the skill involved, despite the presence of large numbers of qualified resident workers in the D.C. area.

And VIU, as we show in the following table, is not, for the most part, seeking faculty members; most of the H-1B workers it hires have run-of-the mill managerial jobs.
VIU claims that over the years it needed five public relations people, five analysts, two "student event planners", and dozens of other alien workers — all for administrative positions — in addition to five H-1B professors and one teacher with a green card. As a further indication of the oddness of these applications, two of the six professors, one with the H-1B permit and the other with a green card, were brought in to teach English. (We are not sure where they came from, but most of the alien workers recruited for the Gulen network are from Turkey.)
What's going on here? Before we answer, that, let's look at the record of VIU's little list of desired alien workers, with all the data drawn from public records.

Is VIU Using H-1B to Staff a University or to Harbor Its Old World Friends?

(Denied and withdrawn H-1B applications not included)

Fiscal YearTotal H-1B CertificationsFaculty OccupationsOther Occupations
201752: Professors of computer science and international affairs3: Application developer, curriculum director, dean of general studies
201631: Professor of computer systems2: Associate dean, instructional designer
201510010: Four public relations positions; three analysts; one each: IT specialist, operations manager, software developer
201451: Professor of public affairs4: Two analysts, two curriculum coordinators
201371: English language professor6: Director of international continuing education, educational specialist, media specialist, program management analyst, student education event planner, university editor
2012707: Admissions manager, business development officer, informational technology specialist, international business administrator, computer systems administrator, public relations specialist, student event planner
2011101: education administrator

It should be borne in mind that VIU, despite its slim credentials, is regarded as a university by the H-1B program, so there are no numerical limits on its use of the program. Further, the instance of denied petitions is modest, so virtually anyone that VIU wants, it gets.
Given VIU's large number of requests for foreign workers, and the stories we have heard about the staff turnover at VIU, one possibility is that all the H-1B filings are done with staff vacancies in mind. But five public relations people and one media specialist from abroad in four years? And how about the certifications for two "student event planners", a job that any recent college grad could handle, with both having to come from overseas?
So, in the years 2011 through 2017 VIU was certified for a total of 33 administrators and five faculty members. How many of those persons are still on the payroll? More importantly, how many have used VIU to get to this country legally and then disappeared either into illegal status or into other H-1B jobs? We will be asking a government agency that question, and we hope that the state agency in charge of private, for-profit schools, will be equally curious.
There are two alternative theories to the "skills shortage" hokum of why there is this much usage of the H-1B program by VIU.
One is that the Gulen cult is using the H-1B program to bring over its friends and followers to help build that organization; other reports have shown that Gulen schools coerce their Turkish staff members, but not the American ones, to contribute substantial chunks of money to other Gulen organizations. We have no proof of that with VIU.

The other likely theory is that VIU, and the charter schools that make up most of the Gulen movement in the States, are using the lax rules of the H-1B system to bring in relatives and friends from Turkey, as another form of chain migration. These two theories do not conflict with each other.
But then again, maybe in Virginia there is no one qualified to be a "student event planner", and such people have to be brought in from Istanbul or Ankara.