Texas’ Gulen-Cosmos-Harmony Charter Schools Spent Almost $6 Million in Three Years for Travel Expenses
By Donna Garner
Over the course of three years, the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Charter Schools in Texasspent almost $6 Million on travel expenses.
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 11,281 students spent almost $6 Million in three years?
(2) Did these Harmony Charter Schools spend our state and federal tax dollars to pay for thesetravel expenses, some of which may have been for the “free” indoctrination trips to Turkey?
Almost $6 Million in three years for only 11,281 corrected from 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 11,281 corrected from 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:
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.
7.22.11 — “Wrong Person Takes the Fall — Another Gulen Situation” — by Donna Garner
7.17.11 — “Another Turkish Charter School in Trouble” by Donna Garner –
7.14.11 — “How Blind Can People Be?” by Donna Garner –
7.14.11 — “Harmony Science Academies Tied to Gulen Charter Schools” by Donna Garner -
7.10.11 — “Is a Changed Muslim Kosher in a Taxpayer-Funded Texas School” by Peyton Wolcott – http://peytonwolcott.com/
7.10.11 — “Are Taxpayers Paying for Free Trips to Turkey?” by Donna Garner –
6.30.11 — “Personal Accounts: Gulen Harmony Schools” by Donna Garner
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.).
“The Gulen Movement – How It Operates in Turkey and in the U. S.” – Parts 1, 2, 3 — YouTube