We all support First Lady Melania Trump’s efforts to highlight education, values and the end of cyber-bullying. Through her “Be Best” campaign, the first lady has been a strong, consistent voice in support of our children. Unfortunately, her recent visit to the “Dove School of Discovery” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has shed light on another important issue facing our nation. Unbeknownst to the first lady, Dove is one of many charter schools in the United States linked to the “FETO” movement headed by Fetullah Gulen. Gulen lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. With one hand — according to the Turkish government — Gulen directs attacks that have killed hundreds of innocent Turks. On the other hand, Gulen-linked schools receive taxpayer funding.A 2017 CBS News report revealed that FETO operates about 136 charter schools in 28 states and that since 2010, those schools … [Read more...] about OPINION: Melania’s Charter School Visit Puts A Spotlight On Gulen-Linked Schools In America
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A group of charter schools that arose from North Jersey’s Turkish community is rapidly growing in the state, with seven schools collecting more than $60 million in taxpayer money last year alone to fund their growth. Now, an investigation by The Record and NorthJersey.com shows that some founders and leaders of the schools have close ties to the movement of Fethullah Gulen, the controversial Islamic cleric accused of working to overthrow the government in his native Turkey last summer. Gulen is fighting extradition demands as he lives in a secluded compound in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, about 10 miles from the New Jersey border. The 75-year-old Gulen, in his writings and public comments, espouses a modern Islamic society that embraces education, interfaith dialogue and tolerance. Sympathy for the movement is strong among key figures who pioneered the North Jersey charter … [Read more...] about Investigation: Charter school leaders, founders linked to controversial Turkish cleric
To the Editor: Re “‘I Love My Skin!’ Black Parents Find Alternatives to Integration” (front page, Jan. 8): Critics of the charter school movement often deride it as racist, because it deprives traditional That’s why we need high-quality research about the new Afrocentric charter schools (along with Afrocentric public and private schools). If the schools benefit students of color, charter opponents will need to rethink their position. And so will those of us who have imagined racial integration as the key to American justice and equality. Jonathan ZimmermanThe writer teaches education and history at the University of Pennsylvania. … [Read more...] about Blacks and Charter Schools
If you wanted to undermine public education in the state of Florida, here’s what you’d do: First, curtail funding as much as possible. The cost of public education goes inexorably up, and if revenues don’t rise in tandem, you cripple the beast. You keep a lid on teacher pay; buildings deteriorate before they can be replaced; and parents and teachers dig ever-deeper into their own pockets to pay for basic supplies. Next, require ever-more standardized testing and assessments — all in the name of “accountability,” of course. This forces public schools to "teach to the test" and robs educators of their ability to be innovative. Society itself lends you a hand. With entrenched poverty and family dissolution at the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder creating ever-more need, schools become overburdened. Parents who want more for their kids want out. And there you are, with an escape plan. More: Florida schools forced to beg for more … [Read more...] about If you like charter schools, you’ll love Richard Corcoran; if not, buckle up
As summer begins to wind down, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. And that may include re-evaluating the quality of education your school district has to offer students. Niche has released its 2019 list of the best school districts in Pennsylvania. There are 500 public school districts in the state, consisting of 3,287 schools and 120 charter schools, according to the Pa. Department of Education. And of those 500 school districts, Niche ranked each one. Rankings were based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education, state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and more. Further details about Niche's methodology can be foundhere. More: Pa.'s highest-paid school superintendents take home more than $300K. Here are the top 10. More: Are your York County school taxes going up in 2018? Check the list More: How much do Pennsylvania educators get … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts ranked — where does your district fall?