TEXAS’ TURKISH SCHOOLS SPEND ALMOST $6 MILLION IN 3 YRS. ON TRAVEL

Aug 14, 2011 by

by Donna Garner

Over the course of three years, the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Charter Schools in Texas spent almost $6 Million on travel expenses.  

Fethullah Gülen

How many of these dollars were taxpayers’ state and federal dollars?

Purportedly, the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians is paying for the “free” trips to Turkey that are given to elected politicians to pressure them to support the Gulen-Cosmos Foundation-Harmony Charter Schools in the legislature.  Selected journalists are also given “free” trips to Turkey to get them to create “puff” pieces in the media.

If indeed the Turquoise Council is paying for politicians’ and journalists’ travel expenses to Turkey, that still leaves us to ponder two questions:

(1)  On what travel expenses have the Gulen-Cosmos Foundation-Harmony Charter Schools with only 11,975 students spent almost $6 Million in three years?

(2) Did these Harmony Charter Schools spend our state and federal tax dollars to pay for these travel expenses, some of which may have been for the “free” indoctrination trips to Turkey?   

Almost $6 Million in three years for only 11,975 students is a tremendous amount of money to spend on travel expenses!

For comparison, Dallas ISD has approximately 147,588 students which is more than 12 times as many students as Texas Harmony Charter Schools’ enrollment.  I cannot imagine Dallas ISD, nor any regular public school, spending almost $72 Million on travel in three years.

* The Texas Education Agency released the accountability data for 2011 (TAKS scores) on 7.29.11.  To establish a total student enrollment figure for the Harmony Charter Schools, I went through all of the Harmony school listings and totaled up the number of students who took the most common TAKS tests — Reading/ELA.  The total number is 11,975 students.

IRS FORMS FOR LAST THREE YEARS — COSMOS FOUNDATION

For verification, Peyton Wolcott of www.peytonwolcott.com has posted the three most recent years of IRS forms for the Texas Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Charter Schools.  Please notice the various graphics she has input into the three documents that point to pertinent information:

2007:  www.peytonwolcott.com/TX_CosmosFoundationHarmonySchls_IRS990_FY2007.html

2008:  www.peytonwolcott.com/TX_CosmosFoundationHarmonySchls_IRS990_FY2008.html

2009:

www.peytonwolcott.com/TX_CosmosFoundationHarmonySchls_IRS990_FY2009.html

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OTHER ARTICLES ON THE GULEN-COSMOS FOUNDATION-HARMONY CHARTER SCHOOLS

Winter 2009, pp. 55 – 66 — The Middle East Quarterly — “Fethullah Gülen’s Grand Ambition: Turkey’s Islamist Danger” by Rachel Sharon Krespin, director of the Turkish Media Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Washington D.C.

http://www.meforum.org/2045/fethullah-gulens-grand-ambition

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7.22.11 — “Wrong Person Takes the Fall — Another Gulen Situation” — by Donna Garner

http://educationviews.org/2011/07/22/wrong-person-takes-the-fall-another-gulen-situation/

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List of Gulen Charter Schools in the United States:

http://turkishinvitations.weebly.com/list-of-us-schools.html

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7.17.11 — “Another Turkish Charter School in Trouble” by Donna Garner —

http://educationviews.org/2011/07/17/5358/

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7.14.11 — “How Blind Can People Be?” by Donna Garner —

http://libertylinked.com/posts/7745/how-blind-can-people-be—/View.aspx

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7.14.11 — “Harmony Science Academies Tied to Gulen Charter Schools” by Donna Garner –http://libertylinked.com/posts/7744/harmony-science-academies/View.aspx

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7.10.11 — “Is a Changed Muslim Kosher in a Taxpayer-Funded Texas School” by Peyton Wolcott — http://peytonwolcott.com/

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7.10.11 — “Are Taxpayers Paying for Free Trips to Turkey?” by Donna Garner —

http://libertylinked.com/posts/7714/are-taxpayers-paying-for-free/View.aspx

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6.30.11 — “Personal Accounts: Gulen Harmony Schools” by Donna Garner

http://educationviews.org/2011/06/30/personal-accounts-gulen-harmony-schools/

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6.29.11 — http://libertylinked.com/posts/7624/tx-investigating-gulen/View.aspx

The Texas House General Investigating & Ethics Committee has begun its investigation of the Gulen Turkish charter schools (Cosmos Foundation, Harmony Schools, Rainbow Turkish House, etc.).

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6.29.11 — Texas Legislature Investigating Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Schools:  http://libertylinked.com/posts/7624/tx-investigating-gulen/View.aspx

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6.19.11 — Austin American-Statesman article by Laylan Copelin and Mike Ward, “Some Texas Lawmakers Have Second Thoughts about Turkey Trips” —

http://www.statesman.com/news/texas-politics/some-lawmakers-have-second-thoughts-about-turkey-trips-1548440.html

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“The Gulen Movement — How It Operates in Turkey and in the U. S.” —  Parts 1, 2, 3 — YouTube

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izjnSb0owbI&feature=related

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eD19xG-7rM&feature=related

Part 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72Vwt_LIrAc&feature=related

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