Concept Schools, Gulen Charter Schools Midwest operations

Concept Schools, Gulen Charter Schools Midwest operations
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gulen 2012 TURKISH LANGUAGE OLYMPIAD short version

Chicago Turkish Olympiad featuring performances by Gulen Charter Schools
Nobel, Horizon and CMSA

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Gulen Schools Worldwide: Gulen Movement, who and what is behind it?

Gulen Schools Worldwide: Gulen Movement, who and what is behind it?: COMMENT: In FTR #739 , we took a brief look at the pow­er­ful inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion of the Pennsylvania-based Turk­ish Mus­lim c...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gulen Charter Schools- To be or not to be?

If there is No Gulen Charter Schools, why does Hizmet damage control go to such great lengths to discuss and deny Gulen Charter Schools. When there is a denial or controversy looming in the news Hizmet jumps on the comment's board like locust.
Can you be any more obvious?

Here is just one of their sites, that amounts to nothing more than more stupidity.
Here is the

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Horizon Science Academy- Concept Schools parent company hires attorney for Advisory Board

Even Finch cannot stop the truth about Concept Schools and their affiliation with the Gulen Movement.
Partner G.A. Finch was recently asked to join the Concept Schools Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee were requested to share their experience, expertise, wisdom and vision to help Concept Schools to be the best and highest performing charter management organization in the country. Concept Schools has grown to manage 27 charter schools in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. The Concept-managed schools implement the same model of college prep focusing on math, science, and technology with high standards and expectations for all of its students. All of its schools reside in an urban setting, and they have a 100% college acceptance rate. Additionally, the demographics of its schools include students who come from economically disadvantaged families that vary from 60% to 99%, while 80% of these schools' graduates are first generations in their families to attend college. "I have gotten to know the founders and executives of Concept Schools and have marveled at the consistent success of their schools for children from diverse backgrounds," noted Mr. Finch.
G.A. has had a life-long interest in educational achievement motivation and has served on a variety of educational boards and councils, including Hampshire College, Robert Morris College, Commonwealth School (Boston), University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, City Colleges of Chicago, and Decatur Classical School.
Bio on Finch

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Gulen Movement's Concept Schools attempt to open school on Air Force Base EXPOSED

Company behind Lake County charter school proposal had problems in Ohio
By Bob Susnjara
A suburban company seeking to run a taxpayer-funded charter school at Great Lakes Naval Station drew scrutiny from Ohio officials for questionable spending of public money at similar ventures there.
Des Plaines-based Concept Schools and two other companies are competing to operate the proposed Great Lakes school that would accommodate up to 500 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school, open to all students in North Chicago Unit District 187, would focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Ohio’s state auditor had questioned the company’s spending on unknown bank finance charges and teacher bonuses for student recruitment — along with wire transfers of money to Turkey — at Concept-managed charter schools in Cincinnati and Cleveland.
But Concept Vice President Salim Ucan said those spending concerns are long past and that the company beefed up internal controls when the most recent critical Ohio audit was released in 2009.
Ucan said he doesn’t expect the past problems in Ohio to affect the nonprofit company’s quest to operate what would be Lake County’s second charter school. It would join Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake.
“All of the schools that we manage are academically successful and financially sound,” said Ucan, who co-founded Concept with Turkish-American educators in the late 1990s.
Illinois State Board of Education spokeswoman Mary Fergus said Concept is one of three companies to respond to a request for proposals to run the Great Lakes charter school, which may open for the 2012-13 academic year.
The Great Lakes school would be on Navy property as part of the North Chicago district, but overseen by the state. While open to all district students, operators may set aside a fixed number of slots for children from military families and students who live outside the district.
Officials from the state, Lake County’s regional education office and Navy are on a team reviewing the companies’ proposals, Fergus said. A public hearing on the group’s recommendation must occur before Feb. 2.
Concept manages 27 charter schools in the Midwest. Its portfolio includes Chicago Math and Science Academy and Quest Charter Academy in Peoria.
In Ohio, Concept operates 19 charter schools under the names Horizon Science Academy and Noble Academy. Similar to Illinois, the schools operate with state and federal money.
Documents released by the Ohio auditor in June 2009 raised numerous questions about the spending of thousands of dollars in public money at Cincinnati’s Horizon Science Academy.
For example, there were no original itemized receipts for nearly $3,000 in expenditures, which included bank finance charges, a supermarket gift card, items from an electronics store and a visit to a Turkish restaurant.
“Without appropriate documentation, it is not possible to determine if the expenditures included items that would not be considered a proper public purpose,” the audit stated.
Moreover, the audit questioned payment of a combined $1,220 to two teachers for “new enrollment efforts” and $11,570 in employee bonuses at the Cincinnati school.
Another audit from 2001 for Cleveland’s Horizon Academy labeled as questionable three wire transfers to Istanbul, Turkey, totaling $36,030 to repay a loan that was made to the school by a board member.
Ucan, after reviewing the Ohio reports provided to him Thursday by the Daily Herald, forwarded documentation indicating all questionable expenses have been repaid to the state and the financial issues are considered resolved by the auditor’s office. He said the loan never was questioned by the auditors, just the method of using wire transfers.
Internal controls were increased in 2009, when Concept Schools started a central office to handle financial matters for its Ohio schools, he added.
“There are multiple steps that need to be taken for any expenses now,” Ucan said.