Georgia: 3 Charter Schools Tied to Islamist Movement Default on Bonds

Four American cities negatively affected by Islamic immigration yesterday, the posts continue today. Starting in Georgia, where even the New York Times sees the danger. via Audits for 3 Georgia Charter Schools Tied to Gulen Movement –

A group of three publicly financed charter schools in Georgia run by followers of Fethullah Gulen, a prominent Turkish imam, have come under scrutiny after they defaulted on bonds and an audit found that the schools improperly granted hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts to businesses and groups, many of them with ties to the Gulen movement.

The audit, released Tuesday by the Fulton County Schools near Atlanta, found the schools made purchases like T-shirts, teacher training and video production services from organizations with connections to school officials or Gulen followers. Those included more than $500,000 in contracts since January 2010 with the Grace Institute, a foundation whose board has included school leaders. In some cases the awards skirted bidding requirements, the audit said.

“I would just question how those vendors were selected when price in many instances wasn’t part of the decision making,” said the Fulton County superintendent, Robert Avossa, who criticized the schools for conflicts of interest. “And those are public dollars.”

Gulen followers run more than 120 charter schools nationwide, making the loosely affiliated network one of the nation’s largest public charter school operators. Despite clear connections, the schools generally deny any affiliation with the Gulen movement, a powerful religious and political force in Turkey whose leader, Mr. Gulen, views establishing schools as part of his mission. While some of the charter schools have been praised for their academic performance, their business practices have raised questions.

The New York Times reported last year that the group’s 36 Texas schools had granted millions of dollars in construction and renovation contracts to firms run by Turkish-Americans with ties to the movement, in some cases bypassing lower bids from firms with no connections to the movement. The Texas schools also awarded deals for cafeteria food, after-school programs and teacher training to organizations affiliated with Gulen followers.

The Georgia audit, posted to the Fulton County Schools Web site Tuesday evening, focused on the Fulton Science Academy Middle School in Alpharetta, Ga., a 500-student school that was recently denied a renewal of its public charter. The school, which had received $32 million in public funds over the past 10 years, said it would operate as a private school. While the audit does not lay out all of the relationships between contractors and the movement, a chart shows connections between the people running the schools, some of the vendors and Gulen-connected groups.

Dr. Avossa said that the audit’s findings had raised concerns about the group’s two other public charter schools in his district: Fulton Science Academy High School and Fulton Sunshine Academy, an elementary school.

He said a full audit would be conducted of those schools “to gauge whether similar wrongdoing is taking place.”

The three schools have enrolled 1,200 students representing a cross section of students in the Fulton County district.

Wells Fargo Bank, trustee of a $19 million bond issue by the schools, told investors on May 15 that the three schools were in default on those bonds. The bank said the default was caused by the group’s failure to disclose in its bond offering last year that its middle school charter renewal might have been in jeopardy. “The failure to disclose the ongoing concerns with Fulton Science Academy’s charter renewal petition constituted an omission of material facts in the public statement,” Wells Fargo said.

A default gives the bondholders the right to demand immediate payment, possibly requiring a liquidation of some school assets. The bonds are trading at about 70 percent of face value.

Concerns about governance and transparency were partly behind the district’s rejection of the Fulton Science Academy Middle School’s demand for a 10-year charter renewal. The school was named a “blue-ribbon” school last year by the federal government for its performance and appealed unsuccessfully to the state.

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14 thoughts on “Georgia: 3 Charter Schools Tied to Islamist Movement Default on Bonds

  1. What ever happened to the separation of religion and state as in the 1st amendment of the United States Constitution which states that the government can not establish a religion? The Fulton Science Academy has recieved 32 million in tax payer dollars !!! This is preposterous !!!

    • With Islam there is no separation. You sadly, are of the school of thought that ‘those in charge’ will save you. You are also sadly mistaken as were those poorer passengers on the Titanic who awaited someone to come unlock the doors so they too could get into a lifeboat. I wish you the best.

  2. I suspect that the Georgia taxpayers have just been fleeced.
    The good news is hopefully that these Gulen chartered schools
    start falling like dominoes. .

  3. The left, for some reason, are in love with these inbred animals. They are more beloved than the Mexicans or blacks ever were. It is the American citizens they don’t give a crap about.

  4. CAIR is there when moslems, who play by moslem rules only, get caught in illegalities. As COLONISTS, moslems just do not take enough time to learn how NATIVES, American non-moslems, handle their affairs. Until they can better control the NATIVE government, they need CAIR to use compromised NATIVE POLICE to silence concerns.
    In my opinion moslemism is an INFECTIOUS PARASITE which should not be permitted to cross the state lines to infect the innocent. I don’t think the C.D.C. agrees with me. Confine organizations chartering schools to one state only.

    • they are trying to replace the constitution with sharia. That is treason and sedition. A hanging offense. At least in functioning countries without a muslim as president.

      Willfully advocating or teaching the duty or necessity of overthrowing the US government or any political subdivision by force or violence
      Does a mosque not teach this? What happened in Egypt with Obamas aid?

      Sec. 2381. Treason

      Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war
      against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and
      comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason
      and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five
      years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and
      shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

  5. If they defaulted on public bonds then the buildings and all property belongs to the county. This should be fun to watch.

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  8. (Tears) I LIVE in Alpharetta, GA. This is so disgusting. I had my suspicions. This is such a beautiful area but it looks like it has been infiltrated by the third world. You can see hijabs in minivans everywhere, full burqa style women shopping in a brand new super Target and playing with there brood at the park. It is eye poppingly upsetting. To top this off, a “Habitat for Humanity” compound was built next to where I live. The trash in there (living off the taxpayers) includes the fully hijabed Muslims. It’s hard to not feel like we are losing this battle. If I could send you pics I would. It stops me in my tracks wherever I see them.

  9. Abolition of all foreign-funded

    All charter and private schools should be abolished. All educators in them, if they continue, must be American citizens, same with religious educators. Any school which preaches other than allegiance to the country, or segregates any form of education, should closed immediately.

    Both girls and boys need to be educated together. No longer are girls to be segregated or required to wear head/face covering. Heavy fines of parents and religious leaders should be enforced. Repeated refusal to do so should be enforced confinement. Eventually, this could be followed by extradition to country of homeland, present political unrest notwithstanding. Adapt or leave. Give America a chance to live up to its future potential. Rid it of those who do not wish to adapt and identify with it.

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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