by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD
…Over 150 Gulen schools have been established throughout the United States – – and all receive full funding from US taxpayers.
The schools are manned, for the most part, by Turkish administrators and teachers who arrive in the US with H1B visas – – visas for individuals who are needed to occupy positions that cannot be filled by domestic workers. In truth, many of these imported educators teach in subject areas, such as elementary education, where unemployed and fully certified American teachers are standing in the unemployment lines.
Most of the imported Turkish educators are expected to kick-back 60% of their salaries to the Gulen movement.
The Gulen schools are so radical in their political and religious objectives that they have been outlawed in Russia and Uzbekistan . Even the Netherlands, a nation that embraces pluralism and tolerance, has moved to cut funding to the Gulen schools because of their imminent threat to the social order.
Yet the Gulen schools continue to open at the monumental rate of eight to ten a year throughout the U.S. and leading politicians – – both Democratic and Republicans – – regularly appear at Gulen gatherings to offer their endorsement of the militant imam’s educational endeavors.
The new spokeswomen for the Cosmos Foundation, a non-profit Gulen enterprise that operates thirty-three charter schools in Texas, is Karen Hughes, who previously served as President George W. Bush’s Under-Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy.
Ms. Hughes has declined to state how much money she is receiving for her efforts to further the Gulen schools.
The Texas Education Agency shelled out $68 million in 2010 to the Cosmos Foundation.
Few Texas tax-payers have uttered a word of protest….