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and you thought the Gulen Movement only had publicly funded charter schools?
North American University, formerly known as North American College, was operated by the Texas Gulf Foundation (TGF), a non-profit educational organization founded on April 7, 2007, and located in Houston, Texas. The main purpose of the TGF was to establish superior higher education institutions. Toward this goal, the TGF Board of Trustees established the Texas Gulf Institute (TGI) and the Gulf Language School. These institutes started operation in September 2007.
The Texas Gulf Institute submitted an application for a certificate of authority to offer Bachelor of Science degrees to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) on January 20, 2009. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board unanimously approved that a Certificate of Authority be granted to TGI on October 29, 2009.
The TGI submitted an application for accreditation to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) on October 16, 2009. The ACICS council has awarded the TGI an initial grant of accreditation to offer certificate programs through December 31, 2013. On June 16, 2010, the TGI applied to the ACICS for inclusion of its bachelor’s degree programs in accreditation. The application was approved on July 2, 2010.
With the addition of Bachelor of Science degree programs, the Texas Gulf Institute evolved into North American College. The name change was approved by the ACICS on August 16, 2010, and by the THECB on September 10, 2010.
North American College applied to FAFSA to award Federal Financial Aid on September 24, 2010. The application was approved on January 30, 2011.
North American College was granted to offer M.Ed. in Educational Leadership by ACICS and THECB starting in Fall 2013. With the addition of Master degree program, the North American College name change application to North American University was approved by the ACICS on August 29, 2013.
North American University has been granted Bachelor and Master degrees through December 2017 by THECB and ACICS.
Şerif Ali Tekalan, a medical professor with an arrest warrant against his name by Turkey for his alleged membership of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), was recently appointed the third president of the North American University based in Houston, Texas.
A teacher at the School of Science and Technology has been placed on administrative leave after students reported he was watching pornography and touching himself in a classroom.
A teacher is under investigation after being accused of watching pornography on campus.
According to the school's spokesman Mustafa Tameez, several students said they saw a male teacher watching porn and touching himself in a classroom at the School of Science and Technology on Everhart Road and Saratoga Boulevard.
The incident happened late last week and was reported on Monday. The school says it is looking through the teacher's laptop and taking statements from students.
In the meantime, the teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while the school continues its investigation.
The Prayer Room at Syracuse Academy of Science from Mary Addi on Vimeo.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The head of Syracuse Academy of Science charter school made an impassioned plea Wednesday for the public to judge the school on its merits, not the ethnicity of some of its leaders.
"My heritage you can see with my skin color, but that doesn't matter," said SAS superintendent Tolga Hayali, who is Turkish-American.
"In the end, are we helping every child to be successful, to be productive, good, caring citizens? It's not about my religion. It's not about my ethnicity. It's about the children. I love to be judged based on the product, not on my ethnicity."
Hayali's comments came near the end of a lively hearing on whether the charter network should expand to include another kindergarten through 12th grade school in Syracuse. The New York Board of Regents will decided whether to grant SAS another charter.
Syracuse Academy of Science currently operates an elementary, middle and high school here, as well as a middle-high school in Utica. In Syracuse, the schools have waiting lists that have at times exceeded 400 students, officials said.
The new school would be similar to the others, which focus on college preparedness and science, technology, engineering and math. The big difference is the proposed school would include requirements for community service, and give enrollment preference to English learners who apply to the school's lottery.
Dozens of people spoke about the charter school. More than 20 people spoke in favor of the expansion. Eight or nine people spoke against expanding the school, arguing that charter schools divert money away from traditional public schools and lack oversight.
A few people mentioned Syracuse Academy of Science's supposed ties to Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen movement, which promotes "tolerant Islam which emphasies altruism, modesty, hard work and education," according to a report by the BBC.
Educators inspired by or affiliated with Gülen have opened more than 120 schools across the United States since the early 2000s.
Gülen, who lives reclusively in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, has also been blamed by the Turkish government for the attempted coup there this summer.
Speakers at the hearing Wednesday brought up the alleged connection to Gülen, and the fact that most members of the school's board of trustees are of Turkish descent.
That's what frustrated Hayali, he said.
"One thing bothers me: Yes, I am Turkish-American, but I will tell you one thing: My son will be American-Turkish and my grandson will be American," Hayali said. "When people come with ... not facts, that kind of hurts me. Many of my board members are either American citizens or on the way with a green card, so what does it matter? They are dedicating their valuable time with our children. They don't get paid for this."
Hayali's pointed remarks about ethnicity culminated an evening that otherwise echoed the debate happening around the country about charter schools.
Syracuse charter school head: Judge us on merits, not ethnicity
Tolga Hayali, superintendent of Syracuse Academy of Science charter school
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse will get its third charter school, after the New York State Board of Regents Tuesday authorized the Syracuse Academy of Science to open its second school in the city.
The new school, which will be called the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship, will start educating students in the 2017-18 school year.
The school was approved despite a contentious hearing in Syracuse last month.
SAS superintendent Tolga Hayali made an impassioned plea for the community to judge the school on its merits, not on its leaders' Turkish ethnicity or alleged ties to Fethullah Gülen and the peaceful Islamic Gülen movement. Dozens of parents and teachers spoke in favor of expanding the school, citing a waiting list for students who want to attend, frequent field trips and academic successes.
Critics of the school spoke out at the hearing to tell personal stories of disappointment or frustration with how the school was operated. Critics of charter schools in general, including members of the local teachers union and Syracuse City School District Education Commissioner Katie Sojewicz, said they didn't believe Syracuse needed another charter school to siphon funds and resources from public schools.
Charter schools in New York receive funding on a per student basis from the districts they operate within. They are not subject to the same oversight as public schools, though Hayali argued that they still have to answer to auditors and the state's comptroller.
The expansion to a second school was approved by the 17-member Board of Regents, made up of appointees from across the state, as well as the Regents committee working on pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade education.
Officials from the State Department of Education recommended the approval based on evaluation of SAS's plan.
"Granting the proposed charter is likely to improve student learning and achievement," officials wrote in a report on the proposed school.
The new school will belong to the existing Academy of Science network, which operates a high school, middle school and elementary school out of a building on Park Avenue in Syracuse, as well as the Utica Academy of Science for sixth through twelfth graders.
Officials from SAS have not yet said where the new school would be opened. It will open with 171 slots for students in kindergarten through second grade. Officials said they plan to eventually expand the school to 975 slots for students in kindergarten through twelfth grades.
The school will focus on educating students who are learning English as a new language and will include requirements for citizenship, including volunteer hours.
OnTECH Charter High School was also up for approval during this round of authorizations. The proposed school would focus on agricultural studies and would specifically target the refugee population in Syracuse.
OnTECH's application is still under consideration. OnTECH is working with State Education Department officials on a number of small, technical modifications. Its application is expected to move forward in December, according to the department.
Reporter Julie McMahon covers Syracuse University and Syracuse city schools. She can be reached anytime: Email | Twitter | 315-412-1992
An article in the Arizona Daily Star from 2010 discusses the visa fraud scheme being carried out by Tucson’s Sonoran Science Academy and its sister schools around the state, all affiliated with the Gülen Movement:
The five Sonoran Science Academy charter schools and their parent company, Daisy Education Corp., received U.S. Labor Department certification to fill 39 teaching and administrative jobs with foreigners last year, federal data show. From 2002 through 2009, the schools have received certifications for 120 H-1B visas.
That’s more certifications than any comparable school in Arizona received in that eight-year period – and more than the six biggest school districts in Southern Arizona combined.
“I don’t understand why we’re not hiring teachers from our areas here. I’m sure our teachers are just as qualified,” said Sonoran Science parent Julie Festerling, who works as a substitute teacher at other schools.
Some experts point to a different possible explanation: that Sonoran Science Academy is part of a loose global network of Turkish-run schools – 100 or more in the United States – inspired by Fethullah Gülen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania. Worldwide, “Gülen schools” tend to hire teachers from Turkey and the broader “Turkic” world, including Central Asia
RIVER CITY SCIENCE ACADEMY after audit showed serious signs of financial mismanagement
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Leaders of a Jacksonville charter school that has come under scrutiny after some people tied it to a man wanted by the Turkish government have sent a letter to the city asserting they have no connection with the man.
A letter from the Turkish Consulate in Miami warned Jacksonville city leaders about Turkish rebel Fetullah Gulen, a man who has been linked to 130 charter schools across the country, including River City Science Academy on Beach Boulevard.
The growing Duval County charter school, which is on track to open a fourth campus in Mandarin, opened in Duval County in 2007 and was founded in part by a Turkish American, Dogan Tozoglu, who is now the school's executive director.
The BBC is reporting that Turkey's president is now pushing for all of Gulen's schools to be shut down globally as the nation continues to pressure President Barack Obama to extradite him to Turkey.
But River City Science Academy's founders told the city in a letter that they have no ties to Gulen, and parents are showing their support.
David Meyer put his four children at River City Science Academy, moving them from private school several years ago.
“It has been very positive,” Meyer said. “They're doing great. All my kids are doing well, so I am very happy.”
Meyer contacted the I-TEAM after seeing our story Friday that highlighted the letter from the Turkish Consulate in Miami that was sent to Jacksonville City Council President Lori Boyer and Mayor Lenny Curry, warning them about Imam Fetullah Gulen and his possible local ties.
Gulen is a Turkish-born activist who came to the U.S. for refuge.
Turkey’s president claims Gulen helped organize last month’s failed coup that left 241 people dead and nearly 1,500 injured.
The concerns over any possible ties between Gulen and River City Science Academy were enough for the City Council to hold two pending resolutions involving the school.
"We were surprised to receive the letter and are trying to understand the involvement, if any, locally,” Boyer said.
In a letter to Mayor Lenny Curry and Boyer, the executive Tozoglu wrote, “We ask for your support in denouncing such baseless and hateful allegations.” He said the school “is not owned, affiliated with or governed by any other organization.”
The academy’s leader said rumors had been swirling for years, and that “as soon as RCSA became aware of these allegations, it shared them with school district staff who determined they had no merit.”
“Trust me, at first I was a little bit concerned, so me and my wife, we did our homework,” Meyer said.
Meyer said after reading up on the allegations, he’s comfortable with the school’s leaders and doesn’t think they’ve done anything wrong. He said he doesn’t want the school to be shut down, no matter what Turkey’s president says.
“It would be a real disservice for the kids who live here and have the opportunity to attend this school,” Meyer said.
The mayor's office deferred comment to Duval County Public Schools. Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti released this statement:
The school itself has been well run, supported by parents and the greater community, and enjoys a strong reputation in Jacksonville. Previous reviews have not generated any red flags. However, we are reviewing the matter closely to determine if an investigation will be conducted, as some of the possible financial connections are concerning."
The owners of the academy have invited News4Jax to their school to speak with parents, teachers and students.
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An unnamed “senior U.S. State Department official” told reporters Tuesday that American law enforcement evidence suggests that Turkish Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen operates his charter schools like an “organized crime” syndicate, not a religious group, and that Turkey’s demands to extradite Gulen for criminal activity “may have some merit.”
The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Gulen of orchestrating the failed coup d’etat defeated on July 15 and infiltrating the nation’s military, civilian law enforcement, and educational infrastructure to establish a “cult” to Gulen within Turkey.
The Turkish newspaper Hurriyetcites the unnamed official as saying that Gulen’s Hizmet Islamic organization operates “a lot like the ways in which organized crime sets itself up by folks who are trying to hide money for money laundering,” rather than what it presents itself as: “a benign religious movement.” He added that Turkey’s claims that Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, should be extradited for his role in the failed coup “may have some merit,” though he did not elaborate.
Hizmet supporters describe the movement as “a ‘faith-inspired collectivity’ with millions of followers and sympathizers who draw on Islamic spirituality and teaching, constituting one of the largest civil movements.” The movement operates more than 1,000 schools worldwide, including 150 in the United States, which operate on taxpayer subsidies. Gulen himself argues that Hizmet (“service”) is a moderate Islamic alternative that has a role to play in the eradication of radical Islam.
Gulen opponents, including the government of Turkey, argue that, instead, Hizmet is a cult centered around Gulen in which adherents are encouraged to aid in the overthrow of the Turkish government to establish Gulen as the nation’s leader.
The U.S. government has not weighed in officially on these accusations, though America’s Hizmet schools have run into problems of their own. The FBI raided 19 of the schools in 2014, citing discrepancies in the group’s finances.
The Turkish government has made multiple official requests for Gulen’s extradition, citing the July 15 coup attempt and comparing the Hizmet movement to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, calling them both “CIA projects.” Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag visited Washington last week to personally encourage his American counterpart Loretta Lynch to begin the extradition process.
In public comments, Bozdag compared Gulen to Osama bin Laden, citing him as an equivalent danger to the stability of the Turkish government. “Whatever Osama bin Laden means for the United States and the American people, Fethullah Gulen means the same for Turkey and the Turkish people,” he said, comparing the coup attempt to “an assassination attempt on President Obama and his family, where the White House was bombed [and] … tanks were marching the streets [and] … 241 U.S. civilians were killed and around 3,000 were wounded.”
While Turkey has sent thousands of files to Washington related to the Gulen case, by late August, American officials confirmed that none of those documents appeared to have anything to do with the failed coup. “The evidence is crystal clear. We know the terrorist cult responsible for the vicious attacks against us and the Turkish people. We simply cannot understand why the U.S. cannot just hand over this individual,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said at the time, shortly before U.S. officials – and Turkish government spokespeople – confirmed that they had not yet compiled evidence linking Gulen to the coup.
Last week, Turkish officials said they finally handed over the relevant evidence regarding Gulen and the failed coup.
Meanwhile, the Turkish government has continued to crack down on individuals and media organizations it claims has an affiliation to Gulen. This week, Turkish police shut down 15 media outlets and arrested multiple senior staffers at the newspaper Cumhuriyet, the nation’s premier secularist opposition newspaper. Cumhuriyet grew to international recognition after facing government suppression for agreeing to publish a Turkish-language inset of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following a jihadist attack on its headquarters. Cumhuriyet later published a report accusing Turkey’s intelligence agency, the MIT, of supplying weapons to Syrian rebels. For that, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Can Dündar, received a five-year prison sentence. Dündar eventually escaped to Germany.
The Gulen-affiliated charter schools are finally getting the negative attention they deserve from law enforcement, the media and others. The Gulen-affiliated charter schools are the second largest charter chain in the United States, second only to the KIPP network of charter schools. If you want to understand depth, breadth and shocking nature of the alleged malfeasance against Gulen-affiliated charter schools, check out the film Killing Ed. According to the film, the Gulen-affiliated charter schools are some of the worst proverbial bad apples in the charter sector.
What is really disconcerting about charter schools is that they stick together like glue. They use their charter lobbying associations in California, Texas and elsewhere to fervently protect these bad apples regardless of alleged illegal activity.
This came today from the Arnold public relations firm.
Texas is not the only state where Gulen-affiliated charter schools are under investigation by state or federal agencies for misuse of public funds. In Texas, the Harmony Schools are part of the Gulen network. In other states, Gulen-affiliated schools go by different names. Here’s a quick summary of just some of the investigations that raise serious concerns about how these schools are spending taxpayer dollars. The patterns in each of these states, including Texas, are remarkably similar.
OHIO, ILLINOIS, AND INDIANA – FBI RAIDS CONCEPT SCHOOLS
The FBI raided the headquarters of Concept Schools and 18 sites in three states in 2014 as part of an ongoing investigation into a “white-collar-crime matter” in which Concept Schools is accused of defrauding the federal government by violating competitive bidding rules related to a federally funded program for low-income students (E-RATE program).
Court documents released in 2015 show that Concept is suspected of funneling over $5 million in federal funds to insider vendors through a rigged bidding process.
The whistle-blower who provided documents to the FBI stated that Concept has routinely used taxpayer money to hire contractors who are involved in Gulen’s worldwide movement.