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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Who is Tarkan Topcuoglu

Current principal of Hampden Charter School of Science, previously Principal with Central Jersey College Prep Charter School where he made the usual Gulenist claims "Top performing schools" "Blue Ribbon School" "waiting list" "US News and World Report Ranking"   If you run Gulen operated charter schools like #DoveScienceAcademy #MagnoliaScienceAcademy #HorizonScienceAcademy et al they ALL make the same claims
https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/2016-bell-principal-tarkan-topcuoglu-central-jersey-college-prep-charter-school-somerset-nj/#.WyxdrKdKiM8



Priior to Central Jersey College Prep Charter School, Tarkan Topcuoglu worked at the now closed Gulen private school Putnam Science Academy, Putnam was sold to a private group and  shortly thereafter Tarkan was named prinicipal of HCSS.  

No we aren't part of the Gulen Movement 




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hampden Charter School of Science HCSS discussion on Gulen Movement and unethical illegal practices of the Gulen Movement

Lawyer for Republic of Turkey to Massachusetts: Demand investigation of charter schools with ties to controversial Muslim cleric

Hampden Charter School of Science West Springfield expansion discussed and scorned in Turkish News

Article in top Turkish news print about proposed Hampden Charter School of Science in West Springfield, MA.  the ex teacher who worked there, Turkish American residence of West Springfield who are strongly opposed to this school.  The low class conversion of a prior Catholic School.  2 Senators and a representative of the law firm that represents the Republic Of Turkey in the Gulen Investigation was present to field questions from the audience.  


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May 30th West Springfield, Film and Discussion of Gulen Movement Ties to Hampden Charter School of Science Tarkan Topcuoglu

West Springfield screening film on Gulen charter schools as city's new charter school denies ties to Muslim cleric

The issue of charter schools with possible ties to a controversial Muslim cleric will be explored during a panel discussion and screening of the film "Killing Ed" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at West Springfield High School, 425 Piper Road.
The issue of charter schools with possible ties to a controversial Muslim cleric will be explored during a panel discussion and screening of the film "Killing Ed" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at West Springfield High School, 425 Piper Road.(Facebook / The Republican File Photo)
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WEST SPRINGFIELD -- The issue of charter schools with possible ties to a controversial Muslim cleric will be explored during a panel discussion and screening of the film "Killing Ed" at 6 p.m. Wednesday at West Springfield High School, 425 Piper Road.
The issue is of particular concern to Mayor Will Reichelt, school Superintendent Michael J. Richard, and local state lawmakers, all of whom have raised concerns about the publicly financed charter school that's set to open in West Springfield in the fall.
The Hampden Charter School of Science in Chicopee is expanding to West Side, where HCSS-West is scheduled to open in September at the former Immaculate Conception-St. Frances Xavier Cabrini property on Main Street in the city's Merrick neighborhood.
The new charter school is modeled after its successful Chicopee flagship, which will now be known as HCSS-East, and is expected to draw up to 588 students in grades 6-12 from West Springfield, Agawam, Holyoke and Westfield. 
West Springfield charter school denies ties to controversial Turkish cleric; Mayor Will Reichelt says allegations 'deeply concerning'
But critics worry it will siphon students and funding from the city's eight public schools. Besides the financial impact of a competitor taking a bite of the public education apple, Reichelt and others are concerned about the political impact of HCSS-West opening in town.
The school's Chicopee forerunner has business ties to organizations that have been linked to Fethullah Gulen, a self-exiled Turkish imam who lives in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Gulen is the inspiration for a growing international charter school movement that's already well-entrenched in the U.S., particularly in Texas.
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There's nothing wrong with that at face value, particularly since Gulen is viewed by U.S. officials as a "moderate Muslim" who preaches peace throughout the Islamic world. But here's the downside: His followers have been labeled terrorists by the Republic of Turkey, a U.S. ally, which blames the so-called Gulen movement for a 2016 coup attempt.
Investigations into how Gulen-inspired charter schools spend their public dollars is also a concern for some public officials, including Sen. Jim Welch and Rep. Mike Finn, a pair of state lawmakers from West Springfield. The officials have called for an audit of HCSS and question the process the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education used when permitting the charter school to open in West Springfield.
West Springfield planning discussion about charter school network with ties to controversial Muslim cleric
State officials initially approved a site in Westfield for the new charter school, but after that location fell through they allowed the school to switch sites to 475-485 Main St. in West Springfield.
No public hearings were held in West Side, according to Welch and Finn, who believe state officials had made up their minds about the site transfer before visiting the former Catholic church compound in Merrick. 
"The process by which this decision was made did not take into account the voice of West Springfield's public school officials, parents or teachers, the majority of whom opposed this move," Welch and Finn wrote in an April letter to Gov. Charlie Baker, asking him to intervene.
During deliberations over whether to approve HCSS-West, Massachusetts Board of Elementary & Secondary Education members raised concerns about Gulen allegations, but the board still voted to OK the new charter school.
Acting Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeff Wulfson said the Education Department found no evidence to support allegations of "ambiguous financial practices" by Hampden Charter School of Science, according to February 2017 minutes of the state Board of Education.
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"The Commissioner noted that HCSS-West anticipates opening for the 2018-2019 school year and the school will be watched very closely between now and then. He said if the Department receives information about a nefarious situation involving the school, we would take action based on that evidence," the minutes say.
In general, state officials say HCSS has an "outstanding track record" and stand by their decision to grant a charter to HCSS-West. Tarkan Topcuoglu, the school's CEO, has denied any ties between his school and charter schools or organizations connected to the controversial Muslim cleric.
"We are an independent public school. We are not a religious school at all," Topcuoglu said.
Dominic Slowey, a public relations specialist in Boston who represents the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, took a swipe at Reichelt, West Side's mayor and perhaps the most vociferous critic of HCC-West coming to town.
"We're not a terrorist organization or a cult, or whatever the mayor is insinuating," Slowey said in an email to The Republican.
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In addition to siphoning students and funding from city public schools, Reichelt believes there are too many unanswered questions about the Gulen movement to allow HCSS-West to open.
"These kinds of allegations seem far-fetched," he said, "but the public record on this matter is deeply concerning."
Wednesday evening's free event at West Springfield High School will feature a panel discussion with Mark S. Hall, the director of "Killing Ed," a film that examines the reach and expansion of Gulen-inspired charter schools in America.
Other panelists include educators, members of the local Turkish community, state and local officials, and attorney John Martin, a partner with the international law firm hired by the Turkish government to investigate the Gulen movement. Massachusetts is currently home to three Gulen-affiliated schools, with critics saying HCSS-West will mark the fourth such school when it opens in September.
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The event is cosponsored by the West Springfield Education Association and the Turkish American Society of Western Massachusetts.
"We're going to fight this until we can revoke this charter," said Bill Garvey, a member of the West Sprignfield School Committee involved in planning the discussion at the high school.
Hall said the main message of his documentary, which focuses on the heavy concentration of Gulen charter schools in his native Texas, is that funding practices, pay and gender discrimination, and the use of special visas to bring Turkish teachers to the U.S. are issues that have been linked to Gulen-affiliated institutions across the country. 
Both the federal Department of Labor and FBI have investigated certain schools with ties to Gulen, including whether his followers have skimmed money from these schools to help fund his movement in Turkey.
"I'd tell the people that this is an organization that you don't want operating any school," said Hall, noting that the issue doesn't split along partisan lines in the U.S., with lawmakers from both parties embracing Gulen as a moderate voice in the Islamic world. 
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"I think it's nonpartisan. A lot of politicians who are involved in this are from both sides of the aisle," he said. "It's really about money when it comes to the purchase of political influence."
Gulen charter school backers are influence peddlers, according to Hall, whose film shows how the publicly funded, privately managed schools deftly navigate the corridors of power.
"This film has struck a lot of nerves," said Hall, an attorney who financed and directed the movie himself. "These guys have really found a very comfortable place to do their work."
Hall followed the Columbia Journalism School's rules for investigative journalists when filming the documentary, which was vetted by three different law firms and deemed "air tight," he said.
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"I'm a filmmaker," he said. "People can choose whether they believe it or don't believe it."
Hall will introduce the film, which is scheduled to be shown at the start of Wednesday's program, followed by a panel discussion from 7:45-8:30 p.m.
"My hope is the screening will give us the momentum and assistance we need to move ahead," said Garvey, the school board member involved in bringing the event to West Side.
"My ultimate goal is to have the expansion and original charter of HCSS revoked," Garvey said.
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/west_springfield_screening_fil.html