Georgia charter school probed

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — An audit released Tuesday shows an academically acclaimed Alpharetta charter school spent taxpayer money to hire workers from overseas, run international field trips without proper supervision and gave business to a related non-profit organization.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the audit, ordered by Fulton County Public Schools, questions management and financial decisions by leaders of the Fulton Science Academy Middle School, one of about 130 charter schools with ties to Turkish imam and educational leader M. Fetullah Gulen.

According to the audit, the school spent nearly $75,000 to hire about 20 percent of staff from foreign countries, mainly Turkey. The audit also discusses improprieties related to field trips to Turkey in 2011 and 2012.

Auditors also reported finding "numerous inter-relations between the school, its vendors and other interested parties."

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Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 06/06/12 - 08:27 am
School audit?

What's a school audit?

It's a comprehensive evaluation of a school or school system done by a competent, disinterested entity.

The GDOE and SACS don't do them, contrary to what you've been told.

MGT of Tallahassee did the last one around here in 2008. It evaluated the RCSS at the behest of Dana Bedden. Wonder what happened to its findings and recommendations?

Fiat_Lux 06/06/12 - 11:28 am
A sucker is born every minute

And here we though charter schools were intended to improve education. Who knew that some enterprising capitalist from afar would identify them as an opportunity to help out the folks back home in the old country.

We are far too trusting of the people flocking to our shores now. So many of them don't want to be Americans at all, but just to use us, our resources and the opportunities we make available to, presumably, new Americans. I wonder if we will wise up any time soon.

Jane18 06/06/12 - 11:45 am
Fiat's comment

I hate to tell you this, Fiat, but no, I don't believe anyone (higher ups, elitists, and our government-both state and federal)will ever wise up. Greed and power are pretty much out of control...................

DuhJudge 06/06/12 - 12:16 pm
60 Minutes did an article on

60 Minutes did an article on the Gulen charter school industry several weeks ago. I had no idea. They say there is no Islam taught but most of the teachers are Turkish.

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