Gulen schools are also known for their abusing the H 1B visa program; hiring uncertified teachers mostly from Turkey, and allegedly demanding that they kickback 40% of their salary. The program was designed to bring in foreigners in “shortage areas”; Gulen schools have used this program more than Google. This Syracuse school submitted 28 H-1B visa applications from 2003-2010.Why would anyone be surprised that State Ed Comm John King is speaking at a charter that requires its teachers to kick back 40% of their salaries? But one think I can bet-- they are not subject to the same rules he just imposed on NYC public school teachers.
Want to know more about Gulen? Follow Leonie's trail as she follows the trail:
And the Gulen exposer, Sharon Higgins, Perimeter Primate:
Inform yourself about the Gulen movement!
Inform yourself about the Gulen movement!
UPDATED from Leonie:
More info about the school that John King has agreed to speak at its graduation: the Gulen-linked Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School. http://gulencharterschools.
Gulen schools are also known for their abusing the H 1B visa program; hiring uncertified teachers mostly from Turkey, and allegedly demanding that they kickback 40% of their salary. The program was designed to bring in foreigners in “shortage areas”; Gulen schools have used this program more than Google. This Syracuse school submitted 28 H-1B visa applications from 2003-2010.
The school is also the lead agency in a $500,000 grant application to the state, “from a program that seeks to disseminate the successful practices of charter schools to traditional public schools.”
A comment from a Gulen expert:
It is so incredibly inappropriate for SASCS to have taught some of its students how to do the Mevlevi whirling dervish "dance," a.k.a. the Sema ceremony, an Islamic Sufi ritual. Doesn't anyone understand that?! This is NOT a folk dance.
Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School: Evidence of Affiliation with the Gulen Movement
Page created August 2010; last updated Mar 3, 2013
by C.A.S.I.L.I.P.S. - Citizens Against Special Interest Lobbying in Public Schools
Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is a publicly-funded charter school in Syracuse NY.
In common with all other Gulen charter schools, SASCS uses H-1B visas to hire staff from other countries, primarily Turkey. The website myvisajobs.com, which tracks H-1B visas, shows that this school submitted 28 H-1B visa applications from 2003-2010.
Syracuse Academy of Science students participated in the Turkish Language Olympiads, an event run by the Gulen Movement.
A Youtube user named "GulenMovement" has uploaded a video of some of these students at the Turkish Olympiads. The accompanying text says “Kyla Tailor from Syracuse Academy of Science came in first with Yunus Emre poem. And Ahsan Khan from the same school was third with the song called 'My Turkiye'." Note that Yunus Emre is a Sufi poet of great significance to Fethullah Gulen and his followers. [Note added Mar 3, 2013: Since this was first written, the original link for the video has been made private. It can now be viewed at the ebrutv everest youtube channel] In another video, from the 4th New York Turkish Olympiads, the announcer enthuses "And here they are...the Whirling Dervishes of Syracuse Academy of Science" after briefly explaining the religious significance of this Sufi ritual.
SASCS students participated in ISWEEEP, a science fair in Houston, and in the GENIUS Olympiad in Oswego; both competitions are run by the Gulen Movement and are heavily biased towards Gulen schools.
In April 2011, the SASCS wrestling team participated in a camp at Yamanlar College in Izmir, Turkey. The visit was reported by Cihan News Agency, a Gulenist media outlet. Yamanlar College (Yamanlar Koleji) is a college-prep high school run by the Gulen Movement.
In 2011, Mehmet Ozhabes submitted an application for the Westchester Academy of Science Charter School. This proposed Gulen charter school never materialized, but the application stated that it was to be a replication of Syracuse Academy of Science. Mehmet Ozhabes has other connections to the Gulen Movement; he was on the board of Truebright Science Academy, a Gulen charter school in Philadelphia, and was a founder of Central Jersey College Prep, a Gulen charter school in New Jersey. In 2012, Tolga Hayali ran an apparently successful effort to replicate Syracuse Academy of Science in Utica with the proposed Utica Academy of Science, scheduled to open in fall 2013.
Four members of SASCS' class of 2011 were accepted at North American College, a Gulen institution located in Houston TX.
Lotus Media Productions, a Gulenist corporation that has done website development and graphics design for a number of Gulen charter schools, Gulenist businesses and Gulenist organizations, also contracted to Syracuse Academy of Science.
In 2011, Syracuse Academy of Science applied to the E-Rate program (a federal subsidy program for telecommunications and internet) for the amounts of $193,932.00 and $23,228.10. The vendor in both cases was Technotime Business Solutions LLC, a New Jersey-based Gulenist corporation that has done business with other Gulen charter schools.
Further connections to the Gulen Movement and nationwide network of Gulen charter schools are shown by the multiple affiliations, both past and present, of the following individuals:
Note: Horizon Science Academy is the name of a network of Gulen charter schools in Ohio. Concept Schools now oversees most of the Horizon schools, and Horizon Educational Services is another corporation in charge of some Horizon schools; both companies are Gulenist.
Note: The Interfaith Dialog Center, now renamed the Peace Islands Institute, and HUTACA are Gulenist non-profits. Horizon Science Academy is the name of a network of Gulen charter schools in Ohio.
Note: Magnolia Science Academy is the name of a network of Gulen charter schools in southern California.