Gulen charter schools state-by-state


(Updated 7/24/2012)

This research project is in progress. Pages for 19 of the 32 states where Gulen charter schools have been established or attempted have now been completed.

Click on a state to learn detailed information about its Gulen charter schools and associated organizations. On each state’s page the schools are listed in chronological order of opening or attempt. The enrollment figures for 2010-2011 were obtained @ NAPCS Dashboard, and are presumed to be correct.

The total enrollment of the 126 Gulen charter schools operating in 2010-2011 was 44,727 students. Two of the schools were closed at the end of that school year, but eleven new schools were opened in 2011-2012. That made the current total count of schools = 135.

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WEST REGION

The Accord Institute for Educational Research oversees schools in these states and receives a cut of their funding for management services. Students at these schools have participated in Turkish culture promotional activities sponsored by the Pacific Institute and/or its related organizations (Anatolian Festival, Turkish Language Olympics). The leaders of the Pacifica Institute have readily acknowledged that they are affiliated with the Gulen movement (2008 diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks).

State (7)
Enrollment in 2010-2011
2227
2804
607
n/a
1684
n/a
233

Total regional enrollment in 2010-1011

7555

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SOUTH-CENTRAL REGION

The Cosmos Foundation oversees schools in these states and receives a cut of their funding for management services. Cosmos's Harmony-named schools were featured in "The Global Imam," a New Republic piece about Fethullah Gulen by Suzy Hansen (11/10/2010). Hansen wrote, "...almost all of the Turkish men I met at these schools said they sympathized with or were followers of Gulen."

State (7)
Enrollment in 2010-2011
904
1038
Missouri (west)*
649
214
1557
277
18228

Total regional enrollment in 2010-1011

23207

* Note: The schools in Kansas City (western Missouri) are operated by the Cosmos Foundation. The schools in St. Louis (on the Missouri/Ohio border) are operated by Concept Schools, the Midwest Region operator (see below).

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MIDWEST REGION

Concept Schools oversees schools in these states and receives a cut of their funding for management services.

State (6)
Enrollment in 2010-2011
Illinois
815
Indiana
818
Michigan
214
Minnesota
0
Missouri (east)*
340
Ohio
4500
Wisconsin
342

Total regional enrollment in 2010-1011

7029

* Note: The schools in St. Louis (on the Missouri/Ohio border) are operated by Concept Schools. The schools in Kansas City (western Missouri) are operated by the Cosmos Foundation (see above).

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SOUTHEAST REGION

Grace Institute for Educational Research and Resources oversees schools in these states and receives a cut of their funding for management services.

State (3)
Enrollment in 2010-2011
1759
1147
     0

Total regional enrollment in 2010-1011

2906

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MID-ATLANTIC REGION

Washington Education Foundation oversees schools in these states and receives a cut of their funding for management services.

State (2)
Enrollment in 2010-2011
Maryland
330
421

Total regional enrollment in 2010-1011

751
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NORTHEAST REGION

Apple Educational Services is the controlling organization that provides management services to schools in these states.

State (4)
Enrollment in 2010-2011
Massachusetts
528
New Jersey
1520
1109
Pennsylvania
522

Total regional enrollment in 2010-1011

3679

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MORE ABOUT THE REGIONAL STRUCTURE

Studying the accelerated expansion of Gulen charter schools over the past few years reveals the six region structure which is gelling. Image by CASILIPS; click to enlarge:



A similar structure was mentioned in a 2011 article about the federal investigation into these schools. From  “U.S. charter-school network with Turkish link draws federal attention” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/20/2011): 
...“Further evidence of the ties comes from a disaffected former teacher from Turkey who told federal investigators that the Gulen Movement had divided the United States into five regions, according to knowledgeable sources. A general manager in each coordinates the activities of the schools and related foundations and cultural centers, he told authorities..."

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GULEN CHARTER SCHOOLS + ATTEMPTS BY STATE REGION
(Completion of chart is in progress)

WEST
# ACTIVE SCHOOLS
# PENDING SCHOOLS
# INACTIVE SCHOOLS *
TOTAL ATTEMPTS
AZ
7
0
2
9
CA
13
15
9
37
CO
1
0
2
3
HI
0
0
1
1
NV
3
0
1
4
OR
0
0
2
2
UT
1
0
0
1
Total = 7
 (5 w/active schools)

25

15

17

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SOUTH-CENTRAL
# ACTIVE SCHOOLS
# PENDING SCHOOLS
# INACTIVE SCHOOLS *
TOTAL ATTEMPTS
AR
5
0
3
8
LA
1
0
7
8
MO (western)
3
1
0
4
NM
1
0
0
1
OK
4
0
0
4
TN
1
2+
1
4
TX
40
7
2
49
Total = 7
 (7 w/active schools)

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10+

13

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MIDWEST
# ACTIVE SCHOOLS
# PENDING SCHOOLS
# INACTIVE SCHOOLS *
TOTAL ATTEMPTS
IL




IN




MI




MN




MO (eastern)




OH




WI




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SOUTHEAST
# ACTIVE SCHOOLS
# PENDING SCHOOLS
# INACTIVE SCHOOLS *
TOTAL ATTEMPTS
FL
8
5
3
16
GA
3
0
1
4
SC
0
1
2

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MID-ATLANTIC
# ACTIVE SCHOOLS
# PENDING SCHOOLS
# INACTIVE SCHOOLS *
TOTAL ATTEMPTS
MD




NC
1
2
4
7
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NORTHEAST
# ACTIVE SCHOOLS
# PENDING SCHOOLS
# INACTIVE SCHOOLS *
TOTAL ATTEMPTS
MA




NJ




NY
3
2
6
11
PA






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GULEN CHARTER SCHOOL GROWTH
(Click on image to enlarge)