The Turkish Gulenists Are Worried

May 11, 2012 by

by Donna Garner –

I do not know whether this Sunday’s 60 Minutes TV show with Lesley Stahl will contain honest reporting on the Turkish-Gulen Charter Schools or not, but hopefully it will. One thing that gives me hope is that the Gulenists are worried; this tells me that their usual propaganda techniques and obfuscation may not have worked with 60 Minutes.

Dr. Soner Tarim is the ONLY superintendent of the huge network of 36 Turkish-Gulen-Cosmos Foundation-Harmony Schools in Texas. These charter schools in Texas are supported with our tax dollars. Dr. Tarim sent out an e-mail blast to his supporters warning them about this 60 Minutes show and telling them that he refused to be interviewed for it.

Taxpayers should be very suspicious that Dr. Tarim has refused to make himself accessible to the press. Neither does Dr. Soner Tarim make himself accessible to the parents of the children in these schools.

I have had a number of parents write to me complaining that they have tried to contact their child’s school superintendent (Dr. Tarim) and could not get through to him.

I have also had people in the media contact me and say the same thing. One investigative reporter said she had tried to no avail for over a year to get Dr. Tarim to answer her public information requests.

Parents and people in the public should be able to talk to the public school superintendent in charge.

How many other public school superintendents would dare to refuse to be interviewed by the press nor be available to parents and the public, particularly when these superintendents’ salaries are being paid with public dollars?

YouTube preview of Lesley Stahls’ 60 Minutes report coming this Sunday, May 13 at 7:00 P. M. (ET/PT) —


A worldwide Islamic movement that has inspired scores of public charter schools here in the U.S. is led by a Turkish cleric living in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Lesley Stahl reports on Fethullah Gulen and his message of education on Sunday, May 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.



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10.23.11 — “Are Texas Turkish Charter Schools Really Public Schools?” – by MerryLynn Gerstenschlager —


4.10.12 – “Look What’s Going On in Charter Schools” by Phyllis Schlafly,


10.4.11 — “Safeguards Badly Needed for Gulen Charter Schools” by Donna Garner —


1.2.11 — “Turkish Schools in Texas Being Investigated by Texas Education Agency” —


11.22.11 — “How Naive Can We Americans Be?” — by Donna Garner


3.27.12 – “Largest Charter School Network in the U. S. Tied to Gulen and Turkey” – comments about the article posted in The Washington Post —


1.21.11 – “The Gulen Movement” — PBS in Texas —


4.25.12 – “Turkey Feels Sway of Reclusive Cleric in the U.S.” – by Daniel Etter, The New York Times —

6.7.11 – “Charter Schools Tied to Turkey Grow in Texas- Karen Hughes and the New York Times” – by Alice Linahan —


6.6.11 – “Charter Schools Tied to Turkey Grow in Texas” – by Stephanie Saul, New York Times

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