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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Harmony Science Academy - Federal Investigation finds problems with ELL and Special Needs Students


Harmony Public Schools, the largest charter chain in Texas, with two schools in San Antonio, has admissions procedures that could limit the number of students with disabilities and those learning English, a federal investigation found.


Updated at 3:19 p.m.: I just spoke with Robert Schulman, a lawyer who represents Harmony. He called the agreement “a very positive thing.” Harmony does not discriminate against students, he stressed. “They had to make the appropriate policy and process changes that were necessary for full compliance, and they did.”
Original post: Harmony Public Schools, one of Texas’ biggest charter school networks, reached an agreement today with the U.S. Department of Education over how it enrolls and teaches children who have disabilities or are learning English.
The department’s Office for Civil Rights investigated the Harmony network and found that English-language learners (ELL) and students with disabilities “are significantly underrepresented in their enrollment in (Harmony) charter schools . . . compared to the enrollment of ELL students and students with disabilities in
the public school districts in the same geographic area.”
In the Harmony schools examined, 11.5% of students were learning English, compared to 22.5% of students in the neighboring traditional school districts. Students with disabilities comprised 2.7% of Harmony’s enrollment, compared to 7.3% of students in neighboring districts. Of the four Harmony school districts studied, three are in the Houston area. The fourth has campuses in Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Euless and Duncanville.
Charter schools, which are public schools run by private non-profit groups, cannot exclude or discriminate against students based on their race, disability or language. They’re supposed to educate the same kinds of kids as traditional public schools — including students who may be more difficult or costly to educate.
The Department of Education did not find that Harmony blatantly tried to exclude certain students. But it did find practices and policies at Harmony that could have that effect. From the department’s letter to Harmony:
OCR (Office for Civil Rights) is concerned, however, that the exclusion from admission and enrollment in HPS (Harmony Public Schools) charter schools of students with a documented history of a criminal offense, juvenile court adjudication or discipline problems may improperly contribute to the lower enrollment of students with disabilities or ELL students in the HPS charter schools. Statistics show that students with disabilities and ELL students tend to be overrepresented among students subject to school discipline in Texas.
In addition, the published enrollment procedures (which require students to provide their birth certificates and social security numbers, among other documents) may chill or lead to the exclusion of students based on their or their parents’ citizenship or immigration status. OCR is also concerned that the publication of these procedures alone may dissuade some parents of ELL students from applying to HPS charter schools.
I called Harmony’s main office in Houston for comment. The voice mailbox is full. I’ve emailed the school system for comment, too. As soon as I hear something from them, I’ll post an update.
The Department of Education’s letter notes that before the investigation was complete, Harmony Public Schools “expressed an interest in voluntarily
resolving the review” and proposed an agreement to resolve compliance problems.
You can read Harmony’s agreement with the Department of Education below. It spells out the steps that Harmony will take. Below that, I’ve posted the letter.
RESOLUTION AGREEMENT Harmony Public Schools Compliance Review Case Number 06-11-5004
To ensure compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d
et seq
. (Title VI), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794 (Section 504), and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in  programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12131
et seq
. (Title II), and its implementing regulation at 28 C.F.R. Part 35, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability by public elementary and secondary public elementary and secondary school systems, Harmony Public Schools (HPS), Houston, TX (hereinafter referred to as HPS) voluntarily agrees to take the actions listed below at all of its schools to resolve the above-referenced compliance review. HPS is committed to ensuring that it takes effective measures to promote and ensure equal opportunities for all students, including English Language Learner (ELL) students and students with disabilities, to enroll and participate in its schools and programs.

Harmony Science Academy Teacher charged with improper relationship with a student


EL PASO, Texas – Police are looking for a man previously arrested for allegedly having an improper relationship with a student and failed to appear in court.
Police arrested Roberto Vina Marrufo, 22, on suspicion of having an improper relationship with a 16-year-old girl while he was employed as a teacher at Harmony School of Innovation on Fairbanks Drive.
Marrufo was indicted on charges of improper relationship between an educator and student, sexual assault of a child, sexual performance of a child, and indecency with a child, police said.
Court records indicate that Marrufo was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation on Sept. 11, and a jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 20.
After failing to appear in court , Marrufo is now wanted on a $500,000 bond.