What is Gulen Charter Schools?
Recently, a new trend has been started by some mysterious bloggers and supported by some well known pro-public school activist like Diane Ravitch. As an advocate of charter schools especially high-performing charter schools, I wanted to take a close look at this new phenomenon. My research clearly indicated all these accusations are baseless and is not supported by any facts or actual data. I also came across many websites that defends charters against these attacks. Below is an excerpt from an apparently advocate site for Harmony Public Schools where they mainly post achievements of Harmony schools and their answer to being labeled as gulen charter schools
Gulen Charter Schools is a new phrase coined by some groups with anti-charter sentiments. After seeing some successful charter schools such as Harmony Public Schools, thrive unprecedentedly, the people in those groups started a smear campaign a few years ago . This is against the nature of public schools. A charter school cannot have any connection or relationship with any religious organization. If it were, the state would never grant its charter.
Another site, Gulen charter schools, provides the following explanation on this interesting labeling efforts:
Gulen Charter Schools is the name calling of some marginal groups who cannot stand the many achievements and accomplishments of some charter schools and live their lives to slander anything that is good around them. This goes against the very nature of a public school. A charter school can not be tied to any religious organization by nature. If they were, the state would never grant its charter. This is why a charter school can never be Gulen Charter Schools.
My research led me the following video and it seems like this was the first time such attacks started against Harmony Public Schools and this CBS 7 story shows how ignorant people can be.
Gulen Charter Schools Attackers: West Texas Patriots (video)
CPS votes to open 7 more charter schools (by WBEZ.91.5) As we posted before Gulen Charter Schools is a new phrase coined by some groups with anti-charter sentiments. These groups are still posting allegations against some high performing charter schools, however state institutions, district boards keeps approving new schools of the organizations that are being […]Read More
(taken from Chicago Tribune ) Illinois lawmakers created a special board in 2011 to encourage education choice. The Illinois State Charter School Commission has the power to override local school districts that reject efforts to open innovative public schools in their communities. We strongly backed the creation of the commission because Illinois needs more top-performing […]Read More
I also found a very interesting article published on Huffington Post by Michael Shank, US Vice President Institute for Economics and Peace. After reading his article, the question is: Could this be the motivation behind Gulen Charter Schools saga? Hopefully NOT Below there are some other resources: Success Story of a Charter that is being […]Read More
by Dr. Jon Pahl and Dr. John Raines The recent article “U.S. Charter School Network Draws Federal Attention” by Martha Woodall and Claudio Gatti can shed light on the existence of schools around the globe founded and led by individuals inspired by Muslim public intellectual Fethullah Gulen. Unfortunately, the article also accepts unfounded allegations, if […]Read More
What is Gulen Charter Schools? Recently, a new trend has been started by some mysterious bloggers and supported by some well known pro-public school activist like Diane Ravitch. As an advocate of charter schools especially high-performing charter schools, I wanted to take a close look at this new phenomenon. My research clearly indicated all these […]Read More