PEORIA -- Peoria's Quest charter school is part of a secretive Turkish network that is under investigation in other states.
Here's the link to the post with all the information!
How on earth did Peoria District 150 get involved with this?
-- Elaine Hopkins
UPDATE -- Be sure to look at the lst comment below. Among other things it alleges that the name of the Quest principal is not Blackstone! Hummm.
UPDATE 6/9/11 -- Here are more details on Blackstone and the Gulenist network of Turkey, from someone who asked to remain anonymous:
"They change their names when they want to. Sometimes they use their first names as their last, sometimes they just Anglicize their first names.
Breaking down the phrasing for Karatas
Kara in Turkish = black
taş = stone
Here's a translation dictionary
Engin Karatas works for Concept Schools.
By the way, he made an inaccurate statement to this Illinois news outlet:
March 4, 2011
"Blackstone believes his school will indeed fulfill the "Quest to be the best," and he points to the success of Concept Schools in Ohio, where he says all show either "continuous improvement" or that they are "effective and excellent." "
No, according to the latest school report cards from 2009-2010, among the Concept Schools in Ohio, Horizon Science Academy Lorain is in "Academic Emergency" :
and 5 Concept schools are under "Academic Watch:"
Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School
Horizon Science Academy Denison Elementary School
Horizon Science Academy Elementary School
Horizon Science Academy-Cincinnati
Horizon Science Academy-Dayton
He is citing data from 2008-2009 instead of 2009-2010. Given his high-level position in Concept Schools, there is absolutely no way he is not aware of the schools' status on their latest report cards. This was intentionally misleading on his part."
When asked about the recent trip Quest students took to Turkey, the person responded:
"The Turkey trip is paid for by contributions to the movement. Other than sightseeing, the purpose of the trips is to get closer to the kids and to, in most cases, introduce them to Turkish Gulenist schools and the homes of Turkish Gulenist families.
You're probably aware that Concept Schools is being investigated:
“Exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation uncovers federal probe into Ohio charter schools.” WEWS 15 May 2011 http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/exclusive-5-on-your-side-investigation-uncovers-federal-probe-into-ohio-charter-schools
Before he came to you, Karatas was a director at the Horizon Science Academy - Toledo. You'll find his name in small print under the blue bar on page one.
This site explains the name-changing business and gives other examples:
This site has a piece on "Blackstone."
With all the deception I know about, I am completely unable to trust any of these schools' waiting list claims or test scores."
-- Elaine Hopkins
UPDATE 6/11/11: Peoria Chamber of Commerce official claims there's no link between Quest and the Gulen movement. Do we believe her? Story is here.But check out the other links on this post!