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  • NJCher (2286 posts)
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    Fraud in (NJ) Charter School Application

    Ah, the corruption in NJ with Chris Christie as governor (he supports and wants to expand charter schools. Yes, even when they lie and cheat.)

    –Linden (NJ)  sent truant officers to check petitions submitted by the Union Arts and Science Charter School
    –The truant officers said they found discrepancies with many of the names and addresses listed on the petitions
    –Linden sent its findings to the state education department, which reaffirmed its decision to approve the application


    The state, which under Gov. Chris Christie’s leadership has looked to expand the charter school movement, approved the application and, after the allegations landed in Trenton, reaffirmed its decision.

    The state official who contacted the firm behind the new charter about Linden’s claims now has an executive job with that firm.

    The charter school is actively recruiting students in anticipation of opening in the new school year.

    Linden district officials, meanwhile, have claimed in letters and a lengthy affidavit that an overwhelming number of the petitions purportedly signed by city residents in support of the Union Arts and Science Charter School were bogus, “either forged or were completely fictitious.”


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    p.s. the newspaper reporting this story, The Bergen Record, now known as The Record, relentlessly reported on Bridgegate, our corrupt governor’s nemesis and the event that will have rendered his career impotent when it ends this year.

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  • Two way street (2569 posts)
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    1. Fethullah Gulen and Turkish Charters (Schools)


    snip><   Now, an investigation by The Record and NorthJersey.com shows that some founders and leaders of the schools have close ties to the movement of Fethullah Gulen, the controversial Islamic cleric accused of working to overthrow the government in his native Turkey last summer. Gulen is fighting extradition demands as he lives in a secluded compound in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, about 10 miles from the New Jersey border.   more at site link

    A report on Gulen charters below:


    by:  SIBEL EDMONDS | JUNE 7, 2011

    snip><   For the last two years I have been pounding on Imam Fethullah Gulen’s web of organizations and his charter schools empire in the US. For years I have been marveling about the consistent media blackout on the Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen’s past and present nefarious activities and highly suspicious partnerships with various US government agencies and elected officials. And of course for almost two years I have been writing and discussing Gulen with you over here at Boiling Frogs Post. Now the New York Times appears to be catching up; at least with a fraction of this notorious Imam’s multi billion dollar network of organizations and businesses. Yesterday, the Times ran a fairly detailed and long exposé on Gulen’s dubious and highly secretive penetration of US school systems via his rapidly growing charter school operations; let’s start with the attention grabbing intro:    more at sit link

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  • jwirr (3849 posts)
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    2. IMO the biggest reason to end this argument is DeVos herself. She has been in

    private schools all her life and she makes some of the dumbest remarks I have ever heard from someone who says they support good education.

  • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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    3. So do trump, bill gates, obama, bush, and most of the ruling class. politics

    makes strange bedfellows.

    there are several blogs out there which have been reporting the fraud and criminality in charter schools (and the infrastructure that’s been set up to push them) for years.  I will try to remember where they are.

    for quite some time the media pretty much ignored it.  maybe that is changing.

    Here’s one (focused on NYC environs but also does national) but I can’t think of the name of the couple I originally had in mind.


    Here’s a few.  Plus he has a list of blogs on the left side to pick and choose from depending on your interest and area.





    There was one that was basically a compendium of each instance of criminality the writer came across in the charter school world, from running off with the funds to closing the school without telling students/parents to child molestation to fraud and illegal financials to weird political stuff (as in the gulen schools above).

    It will come up eventually.


    • NJCher (2286 posts)
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      4. Wow!

      That is an amazing compilation. Thank you so much for alerting me to it. I will be using it in meetings with my fellow teachers.

      Also, twowaystreet, I didn’t know Sibel Edmonds was into this. Appreciate your posting that info.


      • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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        5. ps: Gulen is allowed to run his scam purportedly because of intelligence

        ties and covert US support for that faction’s attack on the Turkish state.

        which is why he resides in the US today.  and why the US won’t extradite him



        Muhammed[4] Fethullah Gülen…founder of the Gülen movement… He currently lives in exile in the United States, residing in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.  He is reportedly sought by the Turkish government for alleged involvement in the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.

        He has been described in the English-language media as an imam “who promotes a tolerant Islam which emphasises altruism, hard work and education” and as “one of the world’s most important Muslim figures.”  However, James Jeffrey, former American ambassador in Ankara, has claimed that the Gülen movement, aside from its “legal and visible” activities, had infiltrated the Turkish armed forces, police and judiciary.

        Gülen was an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before 2013. The alliance was destroyed after the 2013 corruption investigations in Turkey.   Erdogan accused Gülen of being behind the corruption investigations.  He is currently on Turkey’s most-wanted-terrorist list and is accused of leading what the current Turkish officials call the Gülenist Terror Organisation… Turkey is demanding the extradition of Gülen from the United States. 

        However, U.S. figures in general do not believe he is associated with any terrorist activity, and have requested evidence to be provided by the Turkish Government to substantiate the allegations in the warrant requesting extradition.