By Sharon Higgins, founding member of Parents Across America
Note: This is an expanded version of a guest postpublished in The Washington Post under Valerie Strauss’s column, The Answer Sheet, on March 27, 2012.
The largest charter school network in the United States is operated by people in and associated with the Gulen Movement (GM), a secretive and controversial Turkish religious sect. With 135 schools enrolling more than 45,000 students, this network is substantially larger than KIPP, the well-known charter management organization with 109 schools.
A lack of awareness about this situation persists despite it being addressed in a nationalpaper and in articles about Gulen charter schools in Utah (also here), Arizona, (also here),Illinois, Tennessee, Pennsylvania (also here), Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma (and here), Texas(also here), Arkansas, Louisiana (also here), New Jersey, Georgia, and North Carolina.
It has also been reported that the FBI and the Departments of Labor and Education are