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







Sunday, December 26, 2010

Harmony Science Academy has more H1-b Visas than LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District)






http://www.myvisajobs.com/091-09-SO.htm

According to this government site that lists H1-B Visas
Harmony Science has had the largest amount of H1-b Visas than any other school District.

Harmony Science dba Cosmos Foundation must know someone over at the USCIS to get away with
hiring teachers overseas.  There are plenty of American qualified teachers that are out of work due to lay offs.  The H1-B visa applications have doubled effective this last October 2010.  The fee is now $4,300 per applicant.   Harmony dba Cosmos has had 1,157 H1-b Visas from 2001-2009.

H1-B visas are suppose to be used after there has been a search for an employee but cannot find applicant to fit the need of usually a highly technical field, not a school teacher.  We have no shortage of Math and Science people that is a lie.  20.5 million people in the USA possess a Computer Technology degree of some sort.  The Gulen Movement tries to snow job local school districts that Turkish Teachers are superior, this is also a lie.
The Schools in Turkey are riddled with fraud, cheating and scandals
Here is the last international test results, you can see that Turkey falls BELOW standard at the bottom with Chile and Mexico. 
Last year’s testing focused on reading literacy. Just to establish the lay of the land, these are the average scores attained by the 34 member nations of the sponsoring agency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (the OECD):
Average score, reading literacy, PISA, 2009:
Korea 539
Finland 536
Canada 524
New Zealand 521
Japan 520
Australia 515
Netherlands 508
Belgium 506
Norway 503
Estonia 501
Switzerland 501
Poland 500
Iceland 500
United States 500
Sweden 497
Germany 497
Ireland 496
France 496
Denmark 495
United Kingdom 494
Hungary 494
OECD average 493Portugal 489
Italy 486
Slovenia 483
Greece 483
Spain 481
Czech Republic 478
Slovak Republic 477
Israel 474
Luxembourg 472
Austria 470
Turkey 464
Chile 449
Mexico 425
As you can see, the U.S. finished tied for 12th, “with Iceland and Poland,” among the 34 member nations. The U.S. outperformed such well-known nations as Germany, France, the U.K.

Harmony Science Academy, Cosmos Foundation: Evidence of Afflilation with the Gulen Movement

Persian proverb: Let no grass grow where a Turk has been

Harmony Science Academy, Cosmos Foundation: Evidence of Affiliation with the Gulen Movement



The publicly-funded Harmony Public Schools are spread across Texas and include branches named Harmony Science Academy, Harmony School of Innovation, Harmony School of Excellence, Harmony School of Nature and Harmony School of Advancement.  All are run by the Cosmos Foundation.


A re-enrollment form for Harmony Science Academy - Grand Prairie has meta-data showing the document title "Horizon Science Academy re-enrollment form."

Harmony School of Excellence in Houston has an identical mission statement to Gulen schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the former Yugoslavia), as well as Abramson Science and Technology School in Louisiana.


The newsletter of the Raindrop Turkish House, a Gulenist organization, states that at an opening ceremony for the Turquoise Center in Houston, a building housing Gulenist organizations, "a group of American students from the Harmony School of Innovation performed Turkish folk dances in traditional costume."

Students from Harmony and Cosmos Foundation schools participate in the Turkish Language Olympiads, and ISWEEEP, both Gulenist competitions.

Additional connections are shown by individuals with multiple affiliations across Gulen schools and organizations:


Fatih Ay
  • Principal, Harmony Science Academy - El Paso
  • Superintendent, Dallas area Harmony Public Schools
  • Defendant in Couch v Harmony federal civil rights lawsuit
  • Secretary, Rain Drop Foundation  (Gulenist organization)

Resul Aksoy
  • Cosmos Foundation
  • Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians   (Gulenist organization)

Veli Baysal

  • Co-leader of Brian Talbott's 2007 Turkey trip along with Ozgur Ozer and Soner Tarim  (Brian Talbott is with the Association of Educational Service Agencies); described in writeup of this trip as "associate" of Soner Tarim, the Superintendent of Harmony schools
  • Board Member, Houston Istanbul Sister City Association (Gulenist organization)
  • Rain Drop Foundation (Gulenist organization)
  • Participant at Raindrop Turkish House (Gulenist organization)
  • Author of article for Today’s Zaman (Gulenist newspaper)

Kaan Camuz
  • Harmony Science Academy - Austin
  • Dove Science Academy, Oklahoma    (Gulen charter school)
  • Petitioner for Dove School of Excellence – Springdale, a proposed Gulen charter school in Arkansas

Coskun Cetinkaya
  • Cosmos Foundation
  • Institute of Interfaith Dialog   (Gulenist organization)

Volkan Cicek
  • Harmony Science Academy
  • Teacher, Vice President, Dove Science Academy, Oklahoma  (Gulen charter school)
  • Institute of Interfaith Dialog (Gulenist organization)
  • Ishik University, Erbil, Iraq   (Gulenist institution)

Edip “Eddie” Ercetin

  • Harmony Science Academy - Houston
  • Raindrop Turkish House  (Gulenist organization)
  • Wrote 5 star review of Jill Carroll’s book "A Dialogue of Civilizations" on amazon.com  (The Gulen Movement asked Carroll to write this book; it gives a very flattering portrayal of Fethullah Gulen.)
 
Nihat Guvercin
  • Cosmos Foundation
  • Bergen Arts and Science Charter School, New Jersey   (Gulen charter school)

Ismet Isik

  • Harmony Science Academy
  • Rain Drop Foundation   (Gulenist)
  • Frontier School of Innovation, Missouri   (Gulen charter school)

Burnahettin Kuruscu
  • Harmony Science Academy
  • Raindrop Turkish House   (Gulenist)

Fatih Oner
  • Harmony Science Academy – Ft Worth
  • Turkish Cultural Center Queens    (Gulenist organization)

Mehmet Okumus

  • Harmony Science Academy
  • Cosmos Foundation
  • Board President of Raindrop Foundation  (Gulenist)
  • Chairperson of Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce  (Gulenist)
  • Turkish Olympiads   (competition run by the Gulen Movement)

Ozgur Ozer
  • Described as "associate" of Soner Tarim in writeup on Brian Talbott's 2007 Turkey trip; co-leader of this trip along with Soner Tarim and Veli Baysal
  • Wrote 5 star review of Jiill Carroll’s book "A Dialogue of Civilizations."  (The Gulen Movement asked Carroll to write this book; it gives a very flattering portrayal of Fethullah Gulen.)
  • Director of Education, Texas Gulf Institute  (Gulenist)
  • Author, Fountain Magazine (premier publication of the Gulen Movement in the US; Fethullah Gulen writes the lead article of each issue)
  • North American University  (Gulenist)

Hasan Sazci
  • Harmony Science Academy
  • Abramson Science and Technology School, Louisiana  (Gulen charter school)

Ibrahim Sel
  • Cosmos Foundation
  • Author, Fountain Magazine   (premier publication of the Gulen Movement in the US; Fethullah Gulen writes the lead article of each issue) has been a contributing writing with articles for Gulen's Fountain Magazine. 

Soner Tarim
  • Superintendent, Harmony Charter Schools
  • Cosmos Foundation
  • Leader of Gulenist Turkey trip of Brian Talbott: "With Dr. Tarim and his associates Veli Baysal (director of public relations, Raindrop Foundation, Houston, Texas) and Ozgur Ozer (principal, Harmony Elementary, Houston, Texas), we experienced the beauty of Turkey."
 
Hakan Yagci
  • Harmony Science Academy, Grand Prairie
  • Dove Science Academy, Oklahoma   (Gulen charter school)

Cafer "Jeff" T. Yavuz
  • ISWEEEP (organized by the Cosmos Foundation)
  • Guest speaker at an AMSP camp organized by the Accord Institute  (Gulenist organization affiliated with several Gulen charter schools in the western US)
  • Wrote 5 star review of Jiill Carroll’s book "A Dialogue of Civilizations."  (The Gulen Movement asked Carroll to write this book; it gives a very flattering portrayal of Fethullah Gulen.)
  • Pacifica Institute  (Gulenist)
  • Coordinator of Gulen Conference in Los Angeles
  • Secretary, Representative, Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Houston  (Gulenist)
  • Speaker at interfaith dinner, Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Little Rock Arkansas
  • Lists Muhammed Cetin of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog as a non-academic reference   (Cetin is a major figure in the Gulen movement)
  • Studied at Yamanlar Lisesi    (Gulenist high school)
  • Wrote two articles for Fountain Magazine  (premier publication of the Gulen Movement in the US; Fethullah Gulen writes the lead article of each issue)

Zekeriya Yuksel
  • Harmony Science Academy - San Antonio
  • Dove Science Academy    (Gulen charter school)


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Harmony Science Academy Teacher in Waco, Texas charged with SEXUAL assault

Local Teacher and Actor Charged With Sexual Assault Of A Child
A 31-year-old Waco Civic Theatre actor has been charged with sexual assault of a child in connection with alleged incidents involving a 16-year-old actress with whom he worked on a show.
Reporter: By Paul J. Gately and Eli Ross
Email Address: paul.gately@kwtx.com eli.ross@kwtx.com
________________________________________
Teacher Arrested, Charged with Sexual Assault of Child
WACO (December 21, 2010)--Waco Civic Theatre actor Clifton Grasham-Reeves, 31, was arrested early Monday and charged with one count of indecency with sexual contact with a child and five counts of sexual assault of a child in alleged incidents involving a 16-year-old Civic Theatre actress with whom he had worked on a show.
Grasham-Reeves was arrested early Monday morning in the 1300 block of Crestline in Bellmead, police said.
He was booked into the McLennan County Jail Monday night, but was later released after posting a $300,000 bond.
According to the affidavit submitted for the arrest warrant, Grasham-Reeves texted the 16-year-old actress on Feb. 5 that his wife was out of town and that he wanted the girl to sneak out of her house.
Police say Grasham-Reeves picked the girl her up at about midnight and took her back to his home on Hermanson Drive, the affidavit said.
The affidavit says the two met several other times that month, and that Grasham-Reeves provided the girl with alcoholic beverages.
The Waco Civic Theatre issued a statement Tuesday that confirmed that Grasham-Reeves and the girl worked on a show together.
“It is our understanding that none of the accusations involved any theater functions, the statement said.
“Nonetheless, we have asked Mr. Clifton Grasham-Reeves to not take part in any theatre activities until this matter is cleared up."
Grasham-Reeves taught at Waco’s Harmony Science Academy until about six weeks ago, the school’s principal Erol Kose said Tuesday evening.
Kose said that after he learned of the allegations, he placed Grasham-Reeves on administrative leave without pay.
Kose said Grasham-Reeves told him in a phone conversation that the allegation was unfounded.
Kose said he found out about the arrest on Tuesday, and said Grasham-Reeves has been terminated from the school.
Kose says Grasham-Reeves taught eighth grade and high school English.
"I'm really sad to hear such an arrest, especially for a teacher. I'm very surprised, he was always professional." Kose said.





Find this article at:
http://www.kwtx.com/news/headlines/Civic_Theatre_Actor_Charged_With_Sexual_Assault_Of_A_Child_112258104.html?ref=104

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Soner Tarim- Plays both sides of the fence campaign contribution$

Soner Tarim at a Harmony Science Marketing event.  Note the US Flag and huge selling poster

The Hizmet brothers are great at working throught the arteries of the system as their leader Islamic Imam Muhammed Fethullah Gulen has directed.  So far this has worked world wide, smoozing and controlling: Interfaith dialog, Media, Politics, Military, Police and Education.  These people recieve free dinners at the Turkish Friendship dinners/luncheons, given "Awards" or "honors", get tours of the school complete with a photo opportunity.  If they are real potential Gulen Movement sympathizers, they get a FREE Trip to Turkey.  
Soner, How much did this Marketing event cost?  Where did the money come from?  Educational funds intended for students?  Below are some of Soner Tarims current contribution$  for politicians.  A cross section of Republicans and Democrats and Congressional Districts where the Harmony Science Academies are.  Looking for Congressional friends?

Alexander Green (D) Congress 09               10/12/10                    $500.00
Michael Conaway (R) Congress 11               09/21/10                     $500.00
Peter G. Olson (R) Congress 22                    11/21/09                      $250.00
Bill White (D) Congress                                    06/29/09                      $500.00
Hillary Clinton (D) President                          11/30/07                   $1000.00
Eddie Johnson (D) Congress 30                  05/08/07                       $400.00
Hillary Clinton (D) President                        03/28/07                     $1,000.00



Texas $23 Billion School Fund Run by Amateurs- Faces Revamp call for pros.

Texas $23 Billion School Fund Run by Amateurs Faces Revamp Call for Pros

The Texas Permanent School Fund, which backs $49.3 billion of municipal bonds and is overseen by the same board that fought over how textbooks treat Islam, would be run by professionals if Representative Donna Howard gets her way.
Disclosure a year ago that a board member improperly took gifts and questions about investments in charter schools may help Howard, an Austin Democrat, get her bill to revamp the $23 billion fund’s management past the state legislature next year. The measure didn’t survive a Senate committee in 2009 after getting a two-thirds vote in the Republican-controlled House.
The fund, started with $2 million in 1854, is run by the elected State Board of Education, which includes educators, a newspaper publisher, real-estate broker and dentist. There’s no rule that members possess financial expertise to run the money pool, which generates cash for books, helps plug state budget holes and guarantees billions of dollars in local-school debt.
“It’s a very political thing to give this much power to an elected body,” said Howard, 59. “There is a potential there for abuse and there seems to be no reason to keep it that way.”
Eight seats on the 15-member education board are in play in elections Nov. 2. None of the major-party candidates for the board, currently with 10 Republicans and five Democrats, has financial experience, according to their websites. Most are listed as career educators. One is a software engineer.
The only current member with a financial background -- Rick Agosto, chief executive officer of San Antonio investment company Aureus Partners Inc. -- isn’t seeking re-election.
Outside Staff
Finance experience isn’t necessary for the job because the board hires outside staff, said Agosto, a Democrat who’s vice chairman of the committee that oversees advisers and sets asset allocations for the fund.
“It does what it is supposed to do,” said Agosto, 41. “It provides a revenue stream and provides bond guarantees that save school districts millions of dollars.”
The fund began guaranteeing school bonds in 1983, lending local systems its AAA credit rating to get them the lowest borrowing costs. The fund has never had to pay for a default. If it had to, it can recoup its costs from an issuer’s state aid.
The fund also generates cash for education. In September, the board approved $2.6 billion for textbooks and other materials, freeing money to help balance the state’s budget.
The Board of Education manages $22.6 billion of the Permanent School Fund. About $4.4 billion more, mostly physical assets such as land and energy holdings, is run by the Texas Land Commissioner, who’s also elected. The fund’s total value is about $27 billion, according to a July 31 financial statement.
Benchmarks Exceeded
The part overseen by the school board lost 8.5 percent in the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2009, falling to a market value of $20.6 billion, according to its annual report. It still outperformed its target benchmark by 17 basis points. A basis point is 0.01 percentage point.
“The Permanent School Fund has solid returns,” said Gail Lowe, a Lampasas Republican who chairs the school board. “We’re an independent body and we have a good track record.”
Representative Scott Hochberg, a Houston Democrat who’s vice chairman of the House Committee on Public Education, said professional management is needed so lawmakers can ensure the fund is getting the best returns with the least risk.
“The state has been very fortunate about the results it has gotten, but the returns don’t tell us anything about the risk,” said Hochberg. “How would we know if something is going seriously wrong? The board isn’t in a position to do that.”
Assets in Stocks
David Jaderlund, who works in fixed-income trading and sales for investment adviser Hampstead Group LLC in Dallas, said the 50 percent of the fund allocated to equities exposed it to the stock market’s decline.
The fund stopped backing municipal bonds and cut its contribution to the state last year after board-managed assets shrunk to $17 billion in March 2009 from a peak of $26 billion in mid-2007, a period in which the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index plunged more than 50 percent. It resumed bond guarantees in February, after the S&P 500 reached a 15-month high.
“It was too weighted to equities because all of a sudden it had to stop backing debt,” said Jaderlund, whose firm focuses on Texas-issued municipal bonds. “You’d think there would be more people with financial expertise.”
Standard & Poor’s, which rates the fund AAA, is one of three credit evaluators that give the fund their highest marks. S&P is satisfied that management practices justify the rating, said James Breeding, the analyst who covers the fund.
“We try not to get into the personalities,” he said.
Retaliatory Effort
State lawmakers’ effort to control the fund is retaliation for controversial school-board decisions, Agosto said. The board in September approved a non-binding resolution urging future social studies textbooks provide “fair coverage” of religions after a citizen asserted Islam was treated more favorably than Christianity in earlier books. The seven-to-six vote came with two members absent.
“The problem is the polarization of each of the members,” he said. “Some legislators want to get back at them.”
Howard said the revelation in October 2009 that one board member took a gift from a company seeking advisory work from the fund is a reason why she will resubmit her bill.
The board member, Rene Nunez, an El Paso Democrat, agreed in June to settle with the Texas Ethics Commission for accepting and not disclosing $729 of gifts from AEW Capital Management, a real estate advisory firm trying to get hired by the board.
The commission imposed a $400 penalty on Nunez, who didn’t return a telephone call seeking comment.
Charter School Funds
The board’s July decision to consider using about $100 million from the fund to buy and lease buildings to charter schools also influenced Howard to try again for professional management, she said. The move seemed political rather than a prudent investment because Texas charter schools don’t usually get state funds for facilities, she said.
Howard’s legislation would create the Permanent School Fund Management Council and require members to “have substantial institutional-investment expertise or institutional financial- management experience.”
She said the council would be under the comptroller’s office, which manages other state money. The legislation would require a statewide vote to amend the constitution.
The board needs professionals to keep investment and curriculum decisions separate, said Ryan Valentine, deputy director of the Texas Freedom Network in Austin, which describes itself as a monitor of “far-right issues, organizations and leaders.” It called the board’s September decision on religion in textbooks “anti-Islam.”
“When you have politicians controlling billions of dollars in investments, politics clouds their decisions,” said Valentine. “Billion-dollar investment decisions can complicate decisions on textbooks.”
To contact the reporter on this story: Darrell Preston in Dallas at dpreston@bloomberg.net.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gulen's Raindrop Turkish House FREE trips to Turkey for Texas State Educators

Texas State principals and educators enjoy FREE trip supplied by Gulen's Raindrop Turkish House
Watch Utube video on how Raindrop Turkish House works in tandem with the Gulen Charter schools to sponsor the famous Turkish Olympiads. Raindrop uses Taxpayers money.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MapDYCOzRQ&feature=related

This Article is from Gulen's own Today Zaman, we know that much of what comes out of Gulen's media empire is to feed his grand ambition.  This story is probably half true, Yes there was a FREE trip blah blah blah.  The 3 State Texas schools that are offering "Turkish as an elective language" are the Gulen Managed Harmony Science Academys.  Publicly funded, privately managed by brothers of Hizmet.  The fact they are trying to get Turkish state wide as an elective is wishful Gulen propaganda.  Nice going Hizmet, just when we try to convince the world how we really don't have censorship in Turkey and that Article 301 doesn't exist, you start throwing out these Yalan stories.
Are you Texans wondering when you will get your FREE trip to Turkey?

A delegation of school managers and teachers from Texas have come to Turkey to examine the Turkish education system as part of efforts to make Turkish an elective course at state-run schools in the United States.

Three state-run schools in Texas, which is a pilot region, are already offering Turkish as an elective course to their students.
The Texas school managers and teachers came to Turkey as part of an initiative of the Raindrop Foundation.
In the Texas delegation, there are 18 individuals including Texas representative Mark Strama, Austin Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, Austin Executive Director of Curriculum Suzanne Burke and Ramona Trevino, chief academic officer for the Austin Independent School District.
The members of the delegation had meetings with İstanbul Deputy Governor Feyzullah Özcan and İstanbul Deputy Provincial Education Director Şerafettin Turan in which they watched a presentation about he Turkish education system and foreign language education.
Texas educators presented cowboy hats and student mascots to their Turkish counterparts as gifts. Turkish officials presented coffee sets to the members of the Texas delegation as gifts.
The delegation later paid visits to İstanbul High School, which is one of the oldest schools in İstanbul and to Beşiktaş Ufuk College.
Raindrop Foundation President Mehmet Okumuş said the first support for their project to make Turkish an elective course at state-run schools in the United States came from Austin.
“Currently, three state-run schools in Texas have begun to offer Turkish as an elective course. This trip of the Texas delegation is important so that our project can be applied all throughout the US,” he said.
Turkish is seen as an important language by the US, particularly with regard to the issue of national security. The Raindrop Foundation gives Turkish courses to US nationals in regions neighboring Texas: Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas. The Raindrop Foundation also organizes the Turkish Language and Culture Olympiad every year to encourage students to learn Turkish.

Blogs and Web Sites have picked up on this Free trip to Turkey, read more here about what Americans think about this:

Monday, December 13, 2010

Right As Usual: Sneaking Islamic Teaching Under the Radar

Right As Usual: Sneaking Islamic Teaching Under the Radar: "I've been reading about the Gulen charter schools, which are teaching Islam under the guise of international education (primarily Turkish). ..."

Friday, December 10, 2010

TEA-Texas Education Agency updates policy on foreign teachers

Test Approval
Test-takers must be approved to register for exams. For exams administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), approval is determined from the educators TEA account. American Association for family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) requires bar codes.
A person who holds a bachelor’s degree or greater from an accredited university, and who has never been admitted to an SBEC-approved Educator Preparation Program, may take a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) to demonstrate content mastery.
Candidates in Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs)
Candidates enrolled in educator preparation programs are given approval from their EPP to test.
A teacher who holds a valid Texas classroom teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree may add classroom certification areas by successfully completing the appropriate certification test(s).  
Candidates who hold teaching credentials from another state or country will need to apply for a review of credentials for information on obtaining Texas certification. TEA may determine that tests taken in another State may be comparable to Texas certification tests. If TEA determines that it is necessary to take more examinations, TEA will give the candidate approval for those examinations.
Charter School Testing
To fulfill the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal requirement to be highly qualified, charter school teachers must demonstrate content mastery in their assignment.
·         Available tests through this route are limited to those defined as core content areas by NCLB 
·         Passing a TExES test does not qualify charter school teachers for a Texas educator certificate.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Texas Insider exposes Gulen and the Harmony Science Academys

Under "W" presidency the Harmony Science Academys started the inflitration into Texas


Is Islam Indoctrination in American Schools?
Posted By admin On September 1, 2010 @ 2:28 pm In The Scoop | 56 Comments
And is it funded by taxpayers?
By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – In recent months the American public has been made increasingly aware of a secretive foreign network of Islamic radicals that operates dozens of charter schools on U.S. soil.  These schools are linked to an extreme Islamist, Fethullah Gülen, who was charged with trying to create an Islamic state when he tried to overthrow his own Turkish government and enforce Sharia Law.   

Monday, November 29, 2010

Another Teacher speaks out.

Great American teachers of the USA!!!
michellerhee · 1 day ago
I worked in a Gulen charter school last year for six weeks. (I didn't know it at the time.) It was very poorly run. Unprepared students, curriculum not being taught completely (as is mandated by state law). They are also very nasty people and they play dirty.

In our rush to privatize public education, we are handing the keys over to radical Islam. Wake up, America!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Harmony Science Academy- Teacher speaks out........

http://blogs.chron.com/believeitornot/2010/11/church_state_school_texas_char_1.html
Hello I current work at Harmony School. I need the job due to the lack of jobs available right now. However, I am glad that the school is being researched. I have noticed a lot of questionable practice and I wonder how they are legal and definately think they should be investigated. Here are some practices that should be investigated.
-On their website they claim to have a 1/11 teacher/student ratio. At every school I have visited I have noticed about a 1/26 ratio. Nowhere near 1/11. However, some teachers are labeled "teachers" and teach only one period and do other duties the rest of the time. They may have a large teacher pool but they are not working with students this may be how they get around this.
-Also, most of the newly built schools are hastily built and occupied by students before all safety issues are met. Someone should send safety investigators to newly built schools.
-At my school, there are more American teachers than Turkish teachers. However, many of the Turkish teachers do not speak English well enough to teach effectively. I have witnessed many students drop out due to this reason. I think the school should be investigated as to if all the Turkish teachers can pass the test all the American teachers take in order to be able to teach.
-There is a lot of nepotism at the school. Many of the administrator's spouses teach at sister schools. Most of the administrators are Turkish men. There seems to be sexist and nationalist discrimination in many aspects of the school.
-Muslim religion seems to set a lot of school policy. This can be noticed in the dresscode policy and student food policies at some schools.
-They disregard teacher rights by denying them a duty-free lunch and planning period at many schools.
-They are reluctant to hire substitutes instead they pull out teacher's aides from Kindergarten and teachers who should be having a planning period during that time.
-Their websites makes false claims such as the 1/11 ratio and 0% drop-out rate but they have no free speech forum for others to correct their mistakes.

Please investigate these policies!

Letter to Harmony Science Academy Superintendent- Dr. Soner Tarim

Dear Mr. Tarim;
It is common knowledge that Harmony Science Academys and the staff have long solid connections to the Gulen Movement.  You have long denied these long term relationships with Hizmet and Cosmos Foundation, Raindrop Turkish House, the Gulen Institute and Turquoise Council which all have proven inter relations even going back to when you lived in Turkey.  Lets stop playing games. You are even on the Board of the Directors for the Gulen Institute in Houston.  Yet you try to lie about your connections to Gulen. 
We have a proposal for you,
We will gladly pay for you to be deposed in front of a magistrate judge so you can make a declaration about this.  Please come clean and show some of that Turkish Character about telling the TRUTH and TRANSPARENCY.  Then we can all move on to our normal lives, move forward in "Harmony" instead of the lies and deception.   How about it Soner?  Up for the Truth and that deposition?  We will pay for it.

P.S. We noticed that Cosmos Foundation is recruiting Legal Counsel from Turkey.  If you have to work so hard to deny your obvious and proven affliations with Fethullah Gulen then perhaps you are ashamed of this?
How about it Soner?  Lets depose you....then we can move on


Looked for your State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) at TEA (first name Soner, last name: Tarim) but there is none listed.  Under which name did you earn your SBEC superintendent certificate?  Oh that is right, since you are part of Hizmet you are "special" and entitled to whatever you want in America.





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Harmony Science Academy an Islamic school funded by public money


Harmony Science Academy rehearses for theTurkish Olympiad

Harmony Science Academy in Turkish costumes meet Ambassador from Turkey
One of every five Texas charter schools has religious ties
By Amy Hetzner of the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 23, 2010 |(5) Comments
The same day that the West Bend School Board voted against entering contract negotiations with a Baptist pastor to run a publicly funded charter school, The Dallas Morning News ran a story focusing on the large number of charter schools in Texas that used to be parochial schools or had other religious ties.
In addition to noting that more than 20% of Texas charter schools have some kind of religious ties, the story says that such church-charter partnerships are popping up around the country and blurring the lines between church and state.
"You have to wonder what the impetus is," Dan Quinn, a spokesman for Texas Freedom Network, is quoted as saying in the story. "What is the catalyst for becoming a charter because at that point they've abandoned the mission of being a religious institution?"
The story also points out some non-Christian examples, including Harmony Public Schools run by Turkish Muslims and Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy run by Islam Relief.
The pastor who proposed the charter school for West Bend has said that his church would not play a role in the school and that it would abide by laws that forbid religious teachings in public schools. But West Bend School District officials and others raised concerns about the school's curriculum and funding model.

Harmony Science Academy awards bids to build schools to Turkish contractors.


READ MORE AT PEYTON WOLCOTT'S REPORT AT: http://peytonwolcott.com/Charters_Cosmos.html

UN AMERICAN STEALING AMERICAN MONEY
How are contractors chosen for your schools?  Are contracts put out for open bid?  Why this question comes up:
On the most
 currently available IRS Public Charity form 990 posted for Cosmos Foundation, the contractor with
the largest compensation from HPS--Atlas Texas Construction & Trading, Inc., with almost three times the earnings of all other major listed HPS contractors ($6,709,375)-- has direct ties to Turkey; wondering what other 
qualifications they brought that earned them such a large contract. The second one listed on the HPS IRS form 990, North American Construction [sic], appears to have no presence at the Texas Comptroller as regards franchise tax responsibilities--even when the third name is "Constuctions"; however therre is an assumed named for NACCO but no Comptroller presence, although thre is one for "NACCO HOMES, INC.," which could perhaps be "North American Construction.,") and is owned by Mohammed Mujeebullah.  I am unable to find much on any of these three
 and here again I am wondering the criteria for awarding a $1.2 million contract to "North American Consturction Co.,The penultimate name on the contractor list is "EGE Construction LLC" which is owned by
Osman Ozkan; again not able to find much in the way of records for this business.   Anyways.....the Turkish contractors Tuzuk a portion of their proceeds from the contract jobs BACK to the schools or other Gulen groups. 



Monday, November 15, 2010

Gulen School Fraud- Colorado Lotus School for Excellence DENIED application



There is an interesting controversy at the St. Vrain Valley School District concerning the approval of two new charter schools. According to the district’s accountability and accreditation committee Lotus School of Excellence and Skyview Charter School fail to meet the minimum standards for approval.
As a former teacher, parent and grandparent, I recognize the importance of a superior education. The institution of free public education to all children in the United States is something that we should treasure – forever.
A public education serves many purposes. It provides the foundation necessary to succeed in a complex society. I am reminded of the saying that “we learn to read in order that we might read to learn.” It prepares us for citizenship, not just as Americans but as citizens of a larger world.
As a society we have concluded that an educated population is of benefit to all of us and accordingly we have agreed to tax ourselves to achieve this. Regardless of age or family status education benefits us individually and collectively.
Raising and educating children has always been and will always be a challenge. We are all of us individuals with differing levels of intellect and talent. We learn through different methods and we have individual interests.
As Americans we have had many choices to educate our children. We can send them to public schools, private schools or religious schools. If we choose the latter two, any costs associated with those choices are our individual responsibility.
In recent decades public charter schools have gained cachet. Declining student performance has caused us to examine reasons and solutions. That is as it should be. However, there is an absence of purity of purpose in our efforts. Superior performance should be the only goal, but that is not and perhaps never has been the sole motivation behind this changing emphasis.
As such, the move toward public charter schools needs to be examined for motives beyond a high quality education.
One of the underlying motives for pushing charter schools is a hatred of teachers unions by some individuals and segments of our society. Our public school teachers have been demonized simply because they belong to a union. Certainly there are good and bad teachers as there are good and bad electricians, plumbers, accountants, lawyers, analysts, financial advisors, and so on. That will always be the case. However, the quality of our teachers is only one component of poor pupil performance, and very probably not the most important component. The student, the parent, peers and broader societal conditions all bear some responsibility.
Americans are resistant to change, especially sudden and drastic change. They have demonstrated that over and over again. For this reason, we need to be especially concerned about incrementalism, movement in slow and subtle steps to an outcome that would not be acceptable if it were to take place all at once.
There are those whose goal is to privatize all education. There are those who seek tax credits and/or vouchers for private, religious and homeschooling. All of this flies in the face of our agreed upon social goals and the reasonable sharing of the cost.
In the case of Lotus School of Excellence there is a further complicating issue. Lotus plans to rent space at LifeBridge Christian Church, located in unincorporated Boulder County just north of Highway 66.
The Times-Call has had two articles this week on the controversy of approving the applicants. Several readers commented on the articles. Amongst them is Matt Yapanel, president of the board of directors of Lotus.
He writes the following about the relationship between Lotus and LifeBridge.
Charter schools get around 30% less funding then regular public schools. That’s why we have to be extremely careful with our spending. Creating an efficiently run school is the goal and we make even pennies count toward improving student achievement. With less money, most charter schools are providing better opportunities for their students. I can tell you that we have achieved this in our Aurora campus which was a previous church/private school facility. When we leased space from the church, they were in financial trouble; they had another project to build and move but were not able to sell their existing facility. As a charter school, that facility was very suitable for us to serve as our permanent campus. We purchased the facility, co-existed in the building sharing the mortgage payments in which time Lotus improved its enrollment to fully support the facility when the church has moved out. Meanwhile church has built their great new home and moved there ultimately. Both entities got what they needed to the best possible extent; it was a win-win situation for both parties. Lotus took over the full facility this year and opened an elementary school to serve 610 students, 65% of which are free-reduced lunch eligible and 80% are minority students. Because of the shared use of the space, we saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, which we put right back into the classroom. Therefore, sharing space with a church is a fiscally very responsible move. We are a public school simply sharing space with a church, that’s what most charter schools do as they establish their program and work to acquire a permanent campus. It is challenging to be able to pay for a facility when you get 30% less dollars. However it is not the quality or appearance of the facility that matters, it is the programs running in that facility that matters the most.
Although Mr. Yapanel was speaking about the Aurora situation, those who are aware of circumstances surrounding LifeBridge will see strong similarities in both situations.
LifeBridge mortgaged it’s properties at Highway 66 and those in Weld County between Union Reservoir and Highway 119 for $26 million dollars in July of 2007. They planned to build a waterfront community of homes with a substantial religious campus as well as commercial enterprises. Their intent was to annex the Weld County properties to Longmont. There is also a history of attempts to annex to Longmont the church’s existing facilities and properties. None of those efforts came to fruition because of resistance within the Longmont community for many reasons and from many interests.
In December of 2009 LifeBridge refinanced its debt to the Church Development Fund (CDF) and turned approximately half of its Weld County properties over to CDF as deeds in lieu of foreclosure. The LifeBridge project was derailed by the economic conditions that have resulted in massive declines in both residential and commercial development, amongst other changing financial circumstances.
With LifeBridge in need of money and Lotus in need of a location, the two entities have joined forces. One of the concerns that the St. Vrain Valley School District with which it is wrestling is indirectly supporting the financial needs of LifeBridge Church through taxpayer dollars that would go to support Lotus. This is a slippery slope towards violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
If Lotus can overcome its low score in the accreditation assessment, it would do well to find a location other than a church to house its school. In today’s economic situation, I’m confident that there are options for its location that would not place the SVVSD in the precarious position of de facto supporting a church.
All of us with a concern for the education of our children, need to take a step back and ask further: Are charter schools really the answer to our needs or are they a step towards privatization? If our schools are substantially privatized, what happens to the education of those who cannot afford private tuition? If tax dollars are used to support school privatization as they are in so many other instances, who then decides what is taught and how it is taught?
There is a place for public, private and religious schools. But only public education deserves taxpayer support. We can fix what’s wrong without throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

HEY MATT OOPS WE MEAN UMIT, TAKE THAT ONE AND SHOVE IT WHERE THE SUN DOESN'T SHINE.   Here is an American expression for you "Take a hike"

UPDATE 12/8/2010 SUPERINTENDANT TO DENY LOTUS SCHOOL FOR EXCELLENCE
http://www.timescall.com/news_story.asp?ID=24487

Matt, this is what happens when you get involved with Christian groups like LifeBridge.  Do you really think they accept you into their group?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Gulen Charter Schools and Movement targets for hate?



 According to Gulen's Today Zaman 4/30/2010 article, there is a "misguided crusade" against Gulen's group.  The article explores the 3 likely "conspiracy theories" against the Gulen Movement.  1) The harder line Turkish Sunni Muslims or radical Muslims 2)  Israel or Jewish conspirators 3) The Act for America - which ironically is called anti-American by Gulen's many posters and periodicals. 
 Who is anti-American?  Who brings in un credentialed teachers under H1-B visas and FIRES American teachers? Who only has Turkish Males as Principals in their schools? Who chucks Turkification and Turkishness off on American Children?  Who has Turkish Olympiads and parades their culture off on students?  Turkish Character classes?  Trips to Europe ..oops I mean "Turkey."   There are countless examples of the Gulen Movement's anti-American behaviors, they will accuse others of this but in reality the majority are not American but are in the USA under work Visas. 
April 30, 2010

misguided crusade against pious Turks in the US
Some Americans are obsessed with “radical Islam” in the United States. One such character is Stephen Suleyman Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz is a convert to Islam who is engaged in a vociferous intellectual war against radical Muslims.

The problem is, he claims even some of the most peaceful and constructive Muslim groups in US, such as pious Turks associated with the Gülen movement, are “radicals.” His rhetoric is tantamount to hate speech, which raises a big red flag about Mr. Schwartz's crusade.
In a recent piece for American Thinker, a conservative news website, Mr. Schwartz went about the task of alarming his fellow Americans about the Gülen movement. Not surprisingly, his piece was sponsored by the “Islamist Watch” project of the Middle East Forum, an Islamophobic, pro-Israel think-tank based in Philadelphia. Mr. Schwartz argues that Turkish Muslim sympathizers of Fethullah Gülen are part of a “secretive foreign network of Islamic radicals,” calls their actions in opening charter schools in the US “conspiratorial” and exhorts Americans to “unite to oppose it.”
First of all, what makes Mr. Schwartz believe that Gülen sympathizers are “radicals”? Is there a single shred of evidence that the Gülen movement has disrupted social peace or advocated radicalism in the US or elsewhere? On the contrary, there's overwhelming information proving just the opposite. This is a transnational peace-building movement with strong emphasis on universal values and science. The Gülen group has been a frequent target of radical Muslims in Turkey and abroad, mainly due to their non-confrontational attitude vis-a-vis the West. Immediately after Sept. 11, Gülen ran an ad in The Washington Post condemning terrorism and offering condolences to the victims. He later called Osama bin Laden a “beast.” In the eyes of many radical Muslims and Turkish ultranationalists, Gülen, who met Pope John Paul II in 1998, secretly became a cardinal to evangelize Turkey. They allege that Gülen and the movement are a proxy of the CIA. So if Mr. Schwartz is really worried about “radical” Muslims, he should look somewhere else.
Since Gülen sympathizers are not radicals, why is there no place for them in Mr. Schwartz's concept of “Islamic pluralism,” which he supposedly advocates as executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism? Probably he does not know enough about the Gülen movement. Or he might have fallen into a trap, stereotyping under the influence of secularist Turkish friends. Turkey's secularist fundamentalists can easily label you as an “Islamist” or a “radical,” even if you are merely a practicing Muslim. In their eyes, pious Muslims are OK as long as they remain practical slaves for them. But when they violate (!) the elite zone by investing in key areas such as education, media, finance, bureaucracy, etc., the Turkish oligarchs get mad. That's the Gülen movement's big sin!
An apartheid-type attitude towards the majority religious conservatives may have been the norm in Turkey's monopoly-obsessed secularist establishment. But what should we make of Americans who act similarly? Is it the Sept. 11 effect? Or is it because they are simply bigots? In Mr. Schwartz's case, his close association with right-wing Jewish groups and some neocons should not be discounted as well. Jewish trauma from the Holocaust was only exacerbated after Israel's wars with the Arabs. Many Jews see Israel as insecure in a predominantly Muslim Middle East. Islam is often used as a vehicle of resistance, which at times takes the form of radicalism and terrorism against expansionist Israeli policies. As a result, many moderate pious Muslims find it difficult to prove they are not a threat. Such suspicion of religious Muslims is especially more common among pro-Israel Jewish and American rightists. So, if some Muslim Turks in the US are keeping a low profile about their association with faith-based movements, it must be because of fear from bigotry as a minority rather than a secret agenda. And articles like Mr. Schwartz's prove they may have a point.
Since the US is a free country, why should it be a problem if pious Turks operate public charter schools, as long as they meet the legal and academic criteria? That's the case with the schools inspired by Gulen's pacifist ideas. Authorities constantly monitor these schools. Had there been any credible evidence of illegal or inappropriate activity, they would have taken the necessary punitive actions (as they should). You may find a few parents or teachers angry with the administration for various reasons at any school. Given the stereotypes about Islam, they may also try to use the “foreign” and “religious” element to bolster their arguments. However, a majority of the students, parents and local authorities believe these schools are making an immense contribution to social peace and justice in the US via education. In a country where there is a serious public education crisis, the last thing one should do is discourage successful entrepreneurs at charter schools.
Mr. Schwartz’s unwise attitude not only has the potential to hurt US education, it is also very un-American. He is promoting a witch-hunt and discrimination towards a group of innocent, law-abiding and tax-paying Turkish Muslims. And believe me, he is not alone. Unchecked, such discourse might pave the way for hate crimes towards minority Turkish-Muslim Americans, disrupting social peace and further deteriorating America’s relations with Turkey and the rest of the Islamic world. The US government and sensible Americans must unite to oppose it, just as they tackle anti-Semitism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.

This is a loose confession of the schools being affiliated with Gulen. Not to mention it also laundry lists the radical groups who may target Gulen and his Madrassas (schools) around the globe. We already know about the PKK. I am sure Al Qaida may want to get at him for calling Osama a beast and for siding with America.  The word needs to get out on these schools. They are a political target. No matter if you like them or not as a parent. They have enemies. Not like us who blog who just want to raise awareness but some serious heavy hitters and radical thinkers who may want to kill them and make examples out of them. They have targets painted on them.  These parents need to understand that smoke and mirrors of the belief of better education and Olympiad contests come with a price and there are strings attached. I feel this article may have some back lash in the Muslim world. It isn't just a controversy in local neighborhoods but on a global scale. Why put your children in a situation like this everyday is beyond me.  Whether you love the school or not they do have enemies.