******************************** NOTE: I wonder where is the outrage at what is happening regarding Gulen and U.S. education... -------------------------------------------- From Ohio Coalition For Equity and Adequacy of School Funding (E & A), 100 S. 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43215. See http://ohiocoalition.org/ [email@example.com] ******************************* Why are members of the Gulen Islamic religious sect operating 150 charter schools in the U.S.?
It is time for citizens of the U.S. to remove their politically-correct glasses and ask some hard questions about the motivation of the followers of Muhammad Fethullah Gulen to operate tax-supported charter schools in America. It is NOT xenophobic to ask questions about why these schools are operating on tax funds.
FBI raids on Gulen charters and their management companies, numerous complaints about gross irregularities in business operations, and concerns about education practices and employee conduct are troubling; but a more fundamental consideration is the motivation of Gulen followers to establish a chain of tax-supported charters in the U.S.
Possibly some of the tactics and strategies in their operating routines may point to that motivation. First and foremost, all the Turkish charter teachers and administrators, charter board members, management company board members, associated real estate company board members and managers and consultants are members of Gulen's worldwide Islamic movement.
This movement is creating a "state" within the U.S. Its members seek positions in government and the various institutions such as the military, safety forces, schools, etc. The Gulenists in Turkey were so well embedded that according to the Turkish government they reached the level of power and influence that they were emboldened to attempt a military coup in July 2016. Since then, the President of Turkey has removed thousands of Gulenists judges, police officers, teachers and other public employees. He closed the Gulen private schools.
This Gulen activity on the world stage should spur an investigation into the intent of Gulen charters in the U.S. The sponsors which authorize these schools should start the investigation.
Thousands of Gulen followers from Turkey have been brought to the U.S. on the U.S. taxpayer's dime-each one at about $3,000 in immigration expenses. It should be alarming to taxpayers that money from school districts is paying for the immigration of the Gulen followers.
More to follow...
-- Jerry P. Becker Department of Curriculum & Instruction College of Education and Human Services Southern Illinois University Carbondale 625 Wham Drive / MC 4610 Carbondale, Illinois 62901