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    Los Angeles school board just shuts down Gulen Charter schools for using H-1Bs!

    Though the courts recently let Gulen off the hook in Texas for their investigation of H-1B abuses there in Gulen’s Harmony charter school chain, the Los Angeles school board just UNANIMOUSLY shut down three charters schools in Los Angeles specifically for their H-1B visa abuse.  WIN for us fighting this program!  Tell your local school boards to follow L.A.’s example!  Though I enjoy Turkish immigrants coming here as I’ve known many when I lived there, I’d like to see the system offer them real immigration options instead of having to come here to work as indentured servants!  Hillary, we’re coming after your Clinton Foundation friends and funders too!  :P


    Los Angeles Terminates Three Gulen Schools for Hiring Turkish H-1B Teachers

    By David North, October 19, 2016

    In a precedent-setting decision, the Los Angeles Board of Education — by a six-to-nothing vote — shut down three charter schools because they had used the H-1B program to replace resident teachers with aliens from Turkey, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    The three schools, called Magnolia Public Schools, all were affiliated with the Gulen Movement led by the self-exiled Turkish Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who is regarded as a cult leader by many.

    There are more than 100 of these charter schools in the United States, and perhaps thousands world-wide. Gulen is conservative iman, currently at odds with the dictator of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, and devoted to undoing the secular reforms of Turkey’s own George Washington, Kamel Ataturk. The schools in the United States, though frequently controversial for their financial management and their wide-spread recruitment of Turkish teachers when there is an abundance of unemployed, fully-certified U.S. teachers, do not seem to promote the Islamic religion, nor do they raise terrorism concerns.

    While some other Gulen-affiliated schools have been terminated by local boards of education for other reasons, to the best of my knowledge this is the first time any of these schools have lost their charters because of their unusual hiring policies, a subject we have described in the past.


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