Harmony Science Academy a Gulen Charter School

Harmony Science Academy in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico are under the Cosmos Foundation. The Cosmos Foundation ran by Turkish Nationals who are known members of the Gulen Movement have abused many state and federal laws. Cosmos is the largest abuser of H1-B Visas for foreign teachers than the largest school district in America. Scratch your head and wonder why the Gulen Movement is getting away with reverse discrimination? Texas money crosses over state lines to support the other Gulen Managed charter schools, this is WRONG!! DISCLAIMER: If you find some videos are disabled this is the work of the Gulen censorship which has filed bogus copyright infringement rights to UTUBE







Wednesday, August 2, 2017

School of Science and Technology in Texas are Gulen Schools

For the five years since Ekrem Demirci was hired as principal for the School of Science and Technology, the waiting list hasn't fallen below 250, he said. 
Enrollment was at about 400 when Demirci took over the open enrollment charter school and every year, students have been admitted in increments of 50 to 75. This school year, the count is at about 850, he said. 
Because the campus is expected to continue to reel in families — keen to its focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, curriculum — a new campus is being constructed at Evans Road and Saratoga  Boulevard across the street from Most Precious Blood School on Saratoga Boulevard. 
About 400 middle and high school-age students from the current campus at the corner of Saratoga Boulevard  and Everhart Road will transfer to the new 45,000 square-foot facility by next summer, Demirci said. 
Demirci said he expects enrollment to top 950 for the 2018-19 school year. 
The School of Science and Technology in Corpus Christi is part of charter network that stretches to Houston and San Antonio. It's run by the nonprofit Riverwalk Education Foundation. It has the highest enrollment among three K-12 charter schools in Corpus Christi, according to the Texas Education Agency's website.
The $7-8 million expansion is being led by a local investor, Demirci said, adding the school will rent the space for the meantime. 
"We may buy the facility in the future," Demirci said. "But we are going to rent for now."
A commercial permit application for the property at 6609 Evans Road was submitted by Bobak Mostaghasi.  

Who is the Gulen Movement and schools

https://sites.google.com/site/gulenmovementcharterschools/home

http://www.charterschoolscandals.blogspot.com 

http://www.gulencharterschoolsusa.blogspot.com 

http://www.charterschoolwatchdog.com 

http://www.guleninvestigation.com 

Turkey lobbying Texas to face truth about Gulen criminals



https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2017/06/turkey-lobbying-texas/
There isn’t much Turkey wouldn’t do to go after Fethullah Gulen, the controversial cleric Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for a failed coup in 2016.
Last fall, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Turkish officials reportedly considered going beyond trying to convince the U.S. to extradite Gulen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania: They discussed “a covert step in the dead of night to whisk this guy away,” James Woolsey, a Flynn Intel Group board member and former CIA director, told the Wall Street Journal.
But the plot gets as granular as agents lobbying Texas legislators to pass bills forcing charter schools in the state to be more transparent, according to a Justice Department filing from the end of May.
Why Texas? That’s where Harmony Public Schools is headquartered, a charter school system that Turkey alleges is a cog in a vast network tied to the controversial cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Harmony has denied the claim, but a number of individuals associated with the schools are followers of Gulen. And they’re quite active in politics: A CRP analysis found that 20 Harmony employees or vendors donated more than $350,000 at the federal level in the last three elections, $255,000 of which went to liberals. This group gave more than $110,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $50,000 to former President Obama’s joint fundraising committeeand $42,000 to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas). They also contributed to state politicians.
Last July, the Turkish government filed a complaint with the Texas Education Agency, alleging Harmony abused public money, used discriminatory hiring practices and favored certain vendors in violation of competitive bidding rules. The agency dismissed the complaint in October, saying it didn’t warrant an investigation.
Reports indicate that some Gulen-connected schools, including some in Ohio, are under FBI investigation, though the scope of the investigation is unclear.
Amsterdam & Partners, which was hired to file the complaint, subcontracted the legislative angle to Arnold Public Affairs, the firm listed on the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act filing. Arnold Public Affairs was hired last April on a $20,000 monthly contract, which dropped to $15,000 in January.
According to principal Jim Arnold, his firm is promoting legislation that would require charter school meetings to be streamed and posted online, as well as to disclose additional information about their business transactions in their annual financial reports. The firm met with lawmakers, widely circulated a derogatory media story to them and their staffs and filed cards of support, meaning they publicly endorsed the legislation.
“Transparency is good, whether for public schools and charter schools, and there isn’t much transparency in the business that Harmony conducts,” Arnold said. “That was the purpose of these bills. Anything we can do to shed some light on the interconnected network and transactions… Harmony is the largest charter school network in Texas and is connected to Gulen.”
Harmony Public Schools did not return multiple calls seeking comment.
Neither bill made it to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Texas’ legislative session is over, but the firm is working with legislators to try to tack some parts of the bills onto other measures as amendments before June 18, the deadline for the governor to sign or veto a bill.
But the association representing 90 percent of Texas charter schools, including Harmony, says reporting requirements are already stringent.
“We are subject to the same open meetings act and public information act requirements as public schools,” said Christine Isett, director of communications for the Texas Charter School Association. “All of our information is transparent.” Currently schools with more than 10,000 students are required to post videos of their meetings online seven days after the event takes place, but most schools are much smaller than that.
The Turkish government has mentioned Gulen in almost 20 FARA filings in the past two years, according to a CRP analysisAmsterdam & Partners contacted the press, state legislators and the Texas attorney general about Harmony and Gulen’s alleged role in the attempted coup.
Flynn’s firm, Flynn Intel Group, had been working on convincing the U.S. government to extradite Gulen. The firm closed last November. Flynn Intel Group also earned more than $500,000 to create an anti-Gulen documentary, according to The Wall Street Journal. A reporter working on the film said he was told to hide the Flynn firm’s involvement in the project.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gulen Charter Schools under US scrutiny-Harmony Science Academy





FETO, a designated terror group in Turkey, has established itself abroad through companies, foundations, media outlets and charter schools.
The leader of the network, Fethullah Gulen is accused by Turkey of being behind a bloody coup attempt which left 249 people dead and more than 2,000 injured in the country last July. 
Gulen, currently living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, has denied the charge and continues to fight against  Ankara's extradition demands.  
His movement controls 163 schools across the country, teaching around 70,000 students. Now some schools linked to his network have come under investigation in the US over allegations of financial misconduct.
"In the state of New Jersey alone, a chain of charter schools is linked to the Gulen Movement, also known as FETO. The organisation's attempt to launch a fifth school in this state was denied, after the board of education said it had used "forged and fraudulent" petitions to show community support for its initiative,"  Ersin Konkur, a former maths teacher in a Gulen-linked school, told TRT World. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hundreds of Texas legislatures and school officials have been on Trips to Turkey sponsored by Gulen Movement

Texas you got the Gulen disease bad.
you have 60 Gulen Harmony schools and a few outliner "science academies" hiding under other names.
Their real estate scam and bond scam will bankrupt you stupid Americans.


http://www.caller.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/02/13/state-lawmakers-need-not-go-far-texas/97862258/

State lawmakers with an eye toward re-election are apt to brag about how far they'd go to further Texas' interests. But voters should consider with healthy skepticism whether subsidized trips to Turkey serve their interests.
Ten Texas lawmakers and 152 state lawmakers from 29 states toured Turkey between 2006 and 2015. Their sponsors were nonprofits associated with a Turkish opposition group accused by the Turkish government of being involved in an unsuccessful coup. The group's leader, Fethullah Gulen, is a longtime U.S. resident cleric who practices what is described as a friendly brand of Islam that embraces modern science.
The group, known as the Gulen movement, is involved in charter schools nationwide, including the School of Science and Technology in Corpus Christi. The schools provide jobs for Turkish nationals who relocate to the United States. They are the kind of educated workforce that immigration authorities should be encouraged to grant work visas. And the Corpus Christi school met state accountability standards. Many area traditional public schools wish they could claim the same.
The Gulen movement describes its generous outreach efforts to state-level politicians as an effort to foster goodwill and a better understanding of Turkish culture, which it says is part of Gulen's teachings.
Meanwhile, Gulen is the Turkish government's most wanted man. Turkey wants him extradited. That is not the purview of state-level lawmakers. But policies and funding for charter schools are a state-level decision.
We don't fault the Gulen movement for any of those connections. If anything, we're impressed at how astutely the movement has gone about extending its influence (and we don't mean "influence" in a bad way). Today's state-level lawmakers often end up in Congress. The Gulen movement appears to have gone about its movement in the good, old-fashioned American way. It's no different from a restaurateur offering to comp a police officer's meal. The restaurateur is just being friendly and supportive of law enforcement.
But the public officials on the receiving end of hospitable offers must meet a different standard. The police officer can find a polite way to say no but thanks. And state senators and representatives should do likewise with offers of international travel. But the laws of various states don't compel them. Texas, for example, allows fact-finding excursions. And, according to reports, plenty of interesting facts about Turkey, its culture and Islam are found on these trips.
Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, was among the Texas lawmakers who went to Turkey. And while the reasons to go are important to the Gulen movement, the bigger question is why was it important to him and his constituents. A trip to Monte Carlo, which by mere mention of the name sounds like a junket, might be easier to justify as a fact-finding excursion.  The tip of the Texas coast, with Mexico so near, might be an attractive site for a casino.
We don't mean to single out Lucio. Among his other colleagues who visited Turkey and still are in the Legislature are Reps. Alma Allen, D-Houston, and Donna Howard-D-Austin, and Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston. Huffman helped orchestrate the gutting of the Public Integrity Unit that oversaw ethics investigations of state officials. All should share with their constituents the valuable facts and insights they gathered in Turkey and how those facts and insights might change their public policy decisions in ways that matter to their constituents.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gulen Charter Schools former CIA Officer explains

New Harmony School of Innovation to be built in Waco, Texas- 2nd Gulen Harmony School for Waco

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/education/harmony-charter-school-preparing-to-renovate-old-waco-h-e/article_00bb8743-a723-50ef-922d-0b7d63aaa9f9.html?mode=jqm

Harmony Public Schools is soliciting bids to renovate the former H-E-B grocery store at Dutton Avenue and South Valley Mills Drive, where it hopes to open its second campus in Greater Waco by the time classes start in the fall, a spokesman for the Houston-based organization said Tuesday.
Harmony acquired the 46,961-square-foot building in August, about three years after H-E-B shuttered the location in 2013 as it opened its 121,000-square-foot H-E-B Plus! at South Valley Mills Drive and the Interstate 35 frontage road. Harmony said it would accommodate students in grades seven through 12 who are at Harmony Science Academy, 1900 N. Valley Mills Drive.
The move will divide the Harmony student body in half, with youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade remaining at the original Waco campus.
“We hope to put 550 to 600 additional students in our new campus, which will be called Harmony School of Innovation,” Harmony spokesperson Noey Meza said.
Online applications for the public charter school will be accepted through Feb. 10, then Harmony will use a lottery system to accept as many students as possible, Meza said.
Contractors interested in bidding to renovate the old H-E-B are invited to a pre-bid conference in the building at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, said Elaine Hobbs, a spokeswoman for the local office of the Associated General Contractors. Harmony will open the bids Jan. 12 in Houston and award a contract shortly thereafter.
“Our goal is to have the project complete by July 14 and for classes to begin in the fall of 2017,” project engineer Mehmed Milanovic said. “We’re talking about a complete renovation. There is nothing inside the building now, but we hope to have 28 classrooms, 18 offices, restrooms, new interior walls and a gym. The entire exterior will receive new paint, and crews will re-stripe the parking lot. It really will be a sight to see because now it is nothing, just an empty building.”
Local contractors
Four local companies have confirmed their interest in bidding on the project: Mazanec, Pearson, Built Wright and John W. Erwin General Contractors.
Milanovic said Harmony has not asked the contractors to provide any pre-bid estimates, and he would not comment on how much the work may cost.
When Harmony bought the former H-E-B, the asking price stood at $3.5 million, said Jim Peevey, a Waco real estate agent who marketed the building for two years.
“I can’t say exactly what it sold for because a nondisclosure agreement was signed,” Peevey said.
Harmony also bought two small lots across Dutton Avenue from the old H-E-B, including on where a church once stood, he said.
Peevey said at least two other potential buyers put the old H-E-B under contract but pulled out of the deals after completing feasibility studies.
“There was an office user and a retail user, but those deals did not get done,” Peevey said.
H-E-B placed restrictions on the use of the property that made finding a suitable buyer challenging, he said. For example, it could not become the property of anyone selling groceries or pharmaceuticals.
“I even marketed the building to Dave & Buster’s, but they had no interest in that particular site,” Peevey said, referring to the Dallas-based restaurant and arcade chain. “I’m still hearing Dave and Buster’s is interested in the Waco market.”
Peevey said he has turned his attention to promoting to Dave & Buster’s the 46,254-square-foot building at 3700 Interstate 35 South, where the ITT Technical Institute campus has closed. That move came in response to the U.S. Department of Education pulling federal financial aid and sanctioning for the for-profit education provider nationwide.
That building, not far from New Road, once served as home to Doc & Laddy’s Family Fun Center and a miniature golf course.
$5.1 million
A local investment group is asking $5.1 million for the entire complex, including the building and 3.7 acres on which it sits, as well as nearly 2 acres next door.
“I think that would be an ideal location for a Dave & Buster’s, and I’m working with a third party to follow up with them,” Peevey said.
Harmony’s new campus in Waco will be its 49th in Texas, according to its website.
The current Harmony campus in Waco has operated since 2007 in a building that once housed an Albertsons grocery store.
“I’ve been here since the days the doors opened, and I’ve seen it grow from K to eight to K to 12. There’s only two of us left from the original group when it opened,” Meza said when Harmony bought the former H-E-B. “For Waco, we’re going to be able to bring in more kids, and that’s the main focus.”
He said he thinks Harmony in Waco will have 100 seniors about to enter college within two or three years.
The Harmony system serves more than 30,000 students through a lottery enrollment process and has 31,000 students on its waiting list, spokesperson Erin Wolfe said.

The city of Beverly Hills lost a valuable source of sales tax revenue when the H-E-B at Dutton Avenue and Valley Mills Drive closed. Mayor David Gonzales has said Harmony’s arrival will help remedy that loss as students and their families patronize the growing number of retail and food establishments popping up in the Waco suburb.