Gulen charter schools in Nevada

STATE
# ACTIVE
# PENDING
# INACTIVE*
TOTAL
NV
3
0
2
5

* Denied, withdrawn, closed, or unknown status
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TOTAL ENROLLMENT IN 2010-2011 = 1684 STUDENTS
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SCHOOLS
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CORAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – RENO ELEMENTARY
Status
ACTIVE, opened 2000-2001
Management
Coral Education Corporation
Authorizer
Washoe County School District
Location/District
1701 Valley Road, Reno / Washoe County School District
Website
Enrollment
Grades K-5; 357 students in 2010-2011
Notes
Yildiz Ak, executive director (2010-11); Board members: Feyzi Tandogan, Hanifi Oguz, Janice Huntoon, Mary E. Tagle, Mehmet H Gunes, Murat Yuksel, and Selcuk Ozdemir (on website accessed May 2011)
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CORAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – RENO MIDDLE / HIGH SCHOOL
Status
ACTIVE, opened 2000-2001
Management
Coral Education Corporation
Authorizer
Washoe County School District
Location/District
1350 E 9th St., Reno / Washoe County School District
Website
Enrollment
Grades 6-12; 445 students in 2010-2011
Notes
Yildiz Ak, executive director (2010-11); Board members: Feyzi Tandogan, Hanifi Oguz, Janice Huntoon, Mary E. Tagle, Mehmet H Gunes, Murat Yuksel, and Selcuk Ozdemir (on website accessed May 2011)
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CORAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – LAS VEGAS
Status
ACTIVE: ,opened 2007-2008
Management
Coral Education Corporation
Authorizer
Nevada State Department of Education
Location/District
8185 Tamarus Street, Las Vegas / Clark County School District
Website
Enrollment
Grades K-11; 882 students in 2010-2011
Notes
Feyzi Tandogan, executive director (2010-11); Board members: Abdullah Akturk, Ann Diggins, Erdinc Acar, Fatih Ozer, Hasan Deniz, Matt G. Aten, and Seyhmus Baloglu (on website accessed May 2011)
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CORAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – CARSON CITY
Status
Management
Coral Education Corporation
History
Presented to the Nevada State Board of Education by Feyzi Tandogan and Fatih Ozer
Notes
Reason for denial: “troublesome fiscal concerns”
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CORAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – VALLEY
Status
UNKNOWN: attempted in 2010
Management
Coral Educaion Corporation
History
Notes
Reason for denial: “Failed to achieve completeness/compliance”
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MANAGEMENT
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CORAL EDUCATION CORPORATION
Federal Tax ID
EIN 880442692
Website
History
“…founded in 1999 by a group of Graduate Students dedicated to contribute to our society by means of science education.” (website accessed May 2011)
Individuals involved
Eray Idil, Fatih Yilmaz, Feyzi Tandogan, Hakan Kardes, Nihan Aldis, and Vokhan Akbas (source: IRS Form 990s for 2006-2009).
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SERVICE PROVIDER
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ACCORD INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION RESEARCH
Federal Tax ID
EIN 260658913
Website
Location
13950 Milton Ave. Suite 200A, Westminster, CA (same address as the Magnolia Educational and Research Foundation, operator of Magnolia Public Schools in CA).
Services
The schools purchase program development, curriculum, professional development, and financial services from AIER. The fee is not known.
Individuals involved
Adem Oksuz, Ali Korkmaz, Ertan Salik, Faruk Taban, Hasan Deniz, Murat Arbas, Osman Sen, Suat Utku Ay, Carol Barkley, Suleyman Bahceci, and Yasin Cetindilin (source: IRS Form 990s for 2007 and 2008, and website accessed May 2011)
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NOTE: Learn more about the Coral Academy of Science HERE.

2 comments:

PJ said...

Though you may not like that this school was founded by Turkish Graduate Students, the School Board President is an American Citizen, Tekin Tuncer is an American citizen. This school teaches students at higher levels than WCSD and has a much better educational program. They do more with less $$ than all other WCSD schools with better results. So do we start a blog about the parochial schools that actually teach Catholicism? This school does not teach religion. As a matter of fact, this school actually teaches our students, starts the day off with The Pledge of Allegiance, plays the Star Spangled Banner, and talks about all religions and teaches the Constitution of the US! How many other schools showed the Towers Falling on 9/11 to their students this year for the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of that event? Coral Reno did just that and spent a great deal of time and effort for the 5th-12th grade students to understand what happened that day. Not another school in our area showed the towers falling. Nothing wrong with keeping an eye on those that might be a problem, but Coral Reno is not a problem!

The Perimeter Primate said...

Dear Readers,

Notice how PJ's comment totally avoids any mention of the Gulen movement? Instead, he/she defends the school by listing activities which I advise you to interpret as the classic Gulenist efforts at political cover.

This same impetus is evident in the way in which the Gulen schools and other organizations intensely lobby for the attention of our public officials so they can prominently feature that contact on their websites. Most public officials don't have any inkling that something called the Gulen movement even exists, and certainly have no idea of its M.O.

Efforts of this sort can be seen being used time and time again. Simply put, they are propaganda techniques.

Also, American citizenship does not preclude a person from being a member of "hizmet" (what Gulen movement members call themselves).

Most of the individuals listed above have been found to be involved with the Sierra Foundation, a Gulenist organization in Nevada. Nearly every state has at least one similar organization. In addition to their charter schools, these organizations are yet another expression of the Gulen movement's effort to advance their self-righteous cause.

This page provides evidence of the school's Gulen movement affiliation.

http://gulencharterschools.weebly.com/coral-academy-of-science.html

PS: It is important to know that members of this religious group are not at liberty to discuss their involvement with outsiders in a frank and open way. So do not expect that to happen...ever.