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Dear Act for America Members, Patriots of Georgia, Defenders of American Education
please pass this on to your members of Tea party, churches, and other groups. Your democracy is about to be taken away because of a few lawmakers caving into foreign cult (Gulen Movement) they have managed to manipulate some parents and lawmakers into fighting their battle of education domination the Gulen way.
Georgia lawmakers are passing a law that allows for the state of Georgia to replicate charter schools as much as they want. This bill HR 1162, will take control from local school districts and giving the state power to over ride any local board, which isn’t fair. This bill also allows the state to funnel money from existing public school and into the charter school systems.
This bill is currently being backed and supported by the Fethullah Gulen Movement after losing their charter in Fulton County Georgia. This Gulen Charter School had borrowed over 18 million dollars from the tax payers in bond financing and grants. The local board demanded more transparency and oversight as to how that money, a condition of the loan was being used. As we may all be aware that Gulenists do not like transparency and would not comply to the conditions of the loan or with the contract charter renewal agreement. The Fulton Science Academies only option at this point in order to survive and to remain open is to back this bill HR 1162 that is set to be voted on this November.
There is currently a big media drive to support this bill again, backed by the Gulen community. Whether we are for or against HR 1162 we encourage a vote of ‘NO’ for the time being. To stop this bill is stop the spread of Gulen Charter Schools in Georgia for the time being.
Please take the time to review the material and links provided to help you make a better informed decision.
In private, Gulen has stated that “in order to reach the ideal Muslim society every method and path is acceptable, [including] lying to people.”
In a sermon that was aired on Turkish television, Gulen said:
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] confronting 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.
UPDATE ON THE GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DENIAL OF FULTON SCIENCE ACADEMY
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – In the latest setback for the Fulton Science Academy Middle School, the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) has recommended the denial of the school's petition to become a state charter school. The recommendation of denial now goes to the state Board of Education for a final decision. If the state board votes to accept the recommendation, few options remain for FSA to remain open for the next school year as a publicly funded school.
In December, the Fulton County School Board rejected the charter school's application for a charter renewal, effectively severing the relationship between the school district and the charter school. FSA has been in operation for 10 years in Fulton County and was recently named a National School of Excellence.
The denial by the Fulton School Board centered on the requested length of the charter, as well as the broad range of flexibility requested by the charter school. With local options exhausted, FSA applied to the GDOE in December to become a state charter school beginning with the 2012-2013 school year.
In a letter dated April 30, the state's top charter official acknowledged the level of academic success FSA has achieved in its 10-year tenure, but noted academic achievement is only one of four measures of a high-quality charter school.
"[We] must also analyze a school's governance capacity, fiscal outlook and legal accountability," wrote Louise Erste, director of the Charter Schools Division for the GDOE, in a letter to FSA. "It is especially critical that each of these factors be considered, given that the [charter school acts] as their own Local Education Agency."
In recommending denial of the application, Erste concluded that FSA fails to meet the standards of a high quality school, and detailed those concerns within 11 separate points. The concerns focused mainly on the school's governing board and board of directors, and their actions that placed the school and its charter at risk. Those actions included securing a $19 million bond before receiving a charter renewal, breaking ground on a new school without following state guidelines and failing to take responsibility for "communications, fiscal, governance and compliance failures."
The state also found fault with the board of directors who hold lifetime positions, fill at least three positions on the governing board and appoint the other governing board representatives.
"This setup," wrote Erste, "appears to further impair the ability of the school's governing board to make autonomous and independent decisions."
Inconsistencies were also cited in the financial operations of FSA, noting school officials were unable to account for almost $6 million of the $19 million received from the bond proceeds.
"No explanation was offered to account for this significant financial discrepancy," wrote Erste.
FSA officials could not be reached for comment before deadline.
The recommendation of denial from the GDOE will be submitted to the state Board of Education at their May 10 meeting. The state board is expected to make a decision at its June 14 meeting.
“By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction"
William Osler ~