I was right -Texans must SEEK – SHARE – STAND! It is a National Security Issue

By Alice Linahan 12.29.2017

It looks like what former George W Bush’s Communications Director, Karen Hughes started is really paying off.

As I wrote back in 2011… “One of the most disheartening reports was the connections of former executive director of the Republican Party and trusted advisor to President George W. Bush, Karen Hughes and her close ties to the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation’s Harmony Schools here in Texas. As you can hear in this video Ms. Hughes is very interested in promoting Harmony Science Charter Schools and accessing Texas tax dollars to create competition for public schools by funding the Gulen/Harmony charter schools.”


Killing Ed Documentary Film

Did you know… that the Gulen affiliated Harmony Charter Schools doubled their guaranteed bonding capacity to $645.3 million in 2017?
Guaranteed by the TX Permanent School Fund (PSF). The PSF is the key state funding mechanism for our traditional public schools with locally elected school boards. In addition, 8 more Gulen affiliated Harmony Charter schools opened in Texas. Bringing the total to 63 Gulen Harmony Charters in Texas.
The Harmony Charter Schools are Public/Private Partnerships with foreign affiliated foundations? These bonds are seen as “risky” 
“Despite the aforementioned security, charter school debt is considered one of the riskier types of municipal debt. In fact, they are considered the 7th riskiest of the 33 subsectors of municipal bond debt according to Municipal Market Advisors.18 They are perceived to be riskier than traditional public school debt because charter school’s primary funding is per-student payments from the state, not supported by local property taxes.19 As such, the risks for a charter school is more academics and reputational since the funding comes from the number of students who enroll voluntarily, a potentially fickle prospect.”


Two important questions:

1. What happens if these bonds default? How will that impact the Texas PSF? Could it collapse Texas’ public education system?

2. What data are these schools collecting on Texas students? What assessments and interventions are they using to teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) which is now mandated in Texas schools via the College and Career Readiness Standards which align with the Every Student Succeed Act Universal Design for Learning (UDL).


21st Century learning is changing from a transmission of knowledge, that parents still expect from our schools to an emphasis on altering the students world-views, their values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Therefore the question must be… Whose values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors?


Here is documentation to the $645.3 million. In the ‘Texas’ section of attorney Robert Amsterdams (works for Turkish govt) book ‘Empire of Deceit’, there are URLs to the bond issue information. Pages 358 and 359


Here are pictures of pages 358 and 359.

As noted in this article on 74 a Gates Foundation-funded media outlet.
 “In September, the three-year-old Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) hosted an education summit as part of its effort to attract charter schools to the area. IDEA Public Schools and Harmony Public Schools are among the networks that have begun opening charter schools in El Paso, a city in far western Texas on the U.S./Mexico border.
The organization also announced that it had raised $20 million, $12 million of it a new gift from the Hunt Family Foundation, to support both the opening of new charter schools and district efforts to prime its teacher pipeline, including a scholarship fund for teachers to obtain master’s degrees to enable them to teach college-level “dual credit” classes to students still in high school.”
During the 84th legislative session, we found out that Caprice Young was a policy advisor to Texans for Education Reform (now renamed Texas Aspires).  Young testified for the parent trigger bill, SB 14, during this 84th legislative Texas Senate Education  Committee Hearing.  
Since Sept 2013 she’s been president of the Education Growth Fund
Lastly, Caprice Young has been working for a California Gulen group.
It is important to note, the first Gulen charter school opened in DC, sponsored by Texas’ Harmony Schools which works out nicely for making all those congressional contacts.
I had an interesting conversation with an Education Region 11 service center employee who told me one of the concerns with the charter school movement and in particular with the Gulen Harmony Math and Science Centers was the practice of “Replication.”
“The U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program announced the 2014 CSP Grants Competition for Replication and Expansion. This program is designed to assist non-profit charter management organizations, and other entities that are not for-profit entities, in replicating or expanding high-quality charter schools…”

I don’t know about you but I seem some coordination at play. As I laid out here...

‘Obama and Jeb Bush’s Equity in Education plans…
 and Progressive Republican’s Equity in Education Plan‘ for our entire country:
• charter schools replace public schools:
• everyone has federal Title I choice funds to go to any school (charter, private or religious schools)
• every child is taught the same standards:
• every teacher must teach the same standards:
• every test must be aligned to these standards:
• curriculum and software is aligned to standards:
• everything listed here is aligned to government data collection compliance.
Above, I referenced the 74 blog. It is “supported” by several foundations. The list can be found here:

On that list is the Carnegie Corp. of New York:

President of Carnegie Corp. of  New York Vartan Gregorian. A friend of mine Danette Clark wrote this important post several years ago called Name, Names. I believe it is important today in understanding who the players are. Please call me if you have any questions. Many of the links she linked to having now been scrubbed. I believe, these are the “RED” people. I have more information on them, but I don’t want to go off in the weeds.

Dannette wrote:

“Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation, formerly served as president of Brown University. In 1996, Gregorian briefly stepped in as acting director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, which was then housed at Brown.
In his role as acting director, Gregorian was instrumental in the creation of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). Gregorian selected domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, who personally selected Barack Obama, to work on the board of the CAC. The mission of the CAC was to expand Theodore Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools throughout Chicago and surrounding areas.
In 2009, President Obama appointed Vartan Gregorian to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

In addition to his post as president of Carnegie Corporation, an organization that has long funded progressive education initiatives, Gregorian currently sits on the board of the Qatar Foundation.

The Qatar Foundation was started by the founder of Al Jazeera and currently employs the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan Al Banna. Despite this and other deep ties to Islamic terrorists, the State Department and the U.S. Department of Education have entered into an extensive partnership with the Qatar Foundation for the purpose of implementing several programs, including the‘Connect All Schools’ Initiative.
In 1997, Fox Point Elementary School in Providence, Rhode Island entered into a collaborative learning partnership with Brown University, thereby dedicating the elementary school to the tenants and agenda set forth by the Coalition of Essential Schools. Fox Point Elementary then changed its name to Vartan Gregorian Elementary.”
In this post, I discussed the “Connect All Schools Initiative” Dannette mentioned as well as Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo. In addition to the Tarbiyah Project which is important as well.   

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