Gulen charter schools in New York

Gulen charter schools in New York

STATE # ACTIVE # PENDING # INACTIVE* TOTAL ATTEMPTS
NY 3 2 6 11

* Denied, withdrawn, closed, or unknown status


TOTAL ENROLLMENT IN 2010-2011 = 1109 STUDENTS


SCHOOLS


SYRACUSE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Status ACTIVE: opened 2003
Non-profit Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School (see table below)
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
Term of charter 7/1/2012 to 6/30/2017 (second renewal for a five-year charter). The initial charter was granted in 2003 for five years. The first renewal was for 1/15/2008-6/30/2012.
District Syracuse City School District
Location/Website Elementary grades located at 4837 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Secondary grades located at 1001 Park Ave., Syracuse; http://www.sascs.org/
Enrollment Grades K-12; 467 students in 2010-2011
Individuals involved Tolga Hayali (director since 2008-2009), Hakki Karaman (director 2003-2008; currently at Magnolia Science Academy-San Diego)
Notes SASCS began as a 7-12 school. It received permission from the Board of Regents to add elementary grades in 2010. In 2011, a site for the elementary school was purchased by Terra Science and Education Foundation for $375,000. SASCS rents this building for ~$20,000/mo. (info on Terra below).

BUFFALO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Status ACTIVE: opened 2004
Non-profit Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (see table below)
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
Term of charter 7/1/2012 to 6/30/2015 (second renewal for a short-term three-year charter; did not receive a five-year renewal due to academic concerns). The initial charter was granted in 2004 for five years. The first renewal was for 1/12/2009-6/30/2012.
District Buffalo City School District
Location/Website 190 Franklin Street, Buffalo; http://www.bascs.org/
Enrollment Grades 7-12; 382 students in 2010-2011
Individuals involved Director 2011-12: Mustafa Ersoy (worked at Horizon Science Academy-Cleveland, a Gulen charter school in Ohio)
Notes Original school site was at 15 Jewett Parkway. The school leases its current site from Apple Education Services (see below). AES purchased the building in 2006.

ROCHESTER ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Status ACTIVE: opened 2008
Non-profit Rochester Academy Charter School (see table below)
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
Term of charter January 15, 2008 to January 14, 2013
District Rochester City School District
Location/Website 841 Genesee St. and 901 Portland Ave., Rochester; http://www.racschool.com/
Enrollment Grades 7-11; 260 students in 2010-2011
Individuals involved Principal Ercan (AKA John E.) Tozan, formerly headmaster at Putnam Science Academy (a private Gulen school in CT)
Notes Junior high campus is on Genesee St.; the high school campus is on Portland Ave.

WESTCHESTER ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Status PENDING: application for school to open Fall 2013 is under review
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
District Yonkers Public Schools
Location/Website Proposed location is 2 Wells Ave. Yonkers, http://www.westchesterscience.org/
Individuals involved Attempt #1: Mehmet Ozhabes (lead), Hasan Erkan, Mithat Gashi, Serigne Gningue, Muhammed Ozdemir, Turgay Erguk. Attempt #2: Mehmet Ozhabes (lead), Hasan Erkan, R. Gul Tiryaki Sonmez, Serigne Gningue, Genevieve Yarrell-Harris, Mithat Gashi, Madeline Gomez, Mithat Gashi, Mustafa E. Ozbudak, Selcuk Eren, Joseph Viggiani. Attempt #3: Mehmet Ozabes. Attempt #4: Mehmet Ozhabes (lead), Genevieve Yarrell-Harris, Serigne Gningue, Hasan Erkan, Mithat Gashi, Madeline Gomez, Mustafa E. Ozbudak, Selcuk Eren, R. Gul Tiryaki Sonmez, Lawrence R. Sykes.
History WASCS has made four attempts. In 2009, an application was submitted in July but was withdrawn in November. In 2010, an application was submitted but was not approved. In 2011, a letter of intent for 7-12 school to open Fall 2012 was submitted. In Feb. 2012, an application was submitted for 6-12 school to open Fall 2013.
Notes 2010 prospectus: “WASCS’ education program replicates that of Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School.” Mehmet Ozhabes has been involved with Truebright Science Academy and Central Jersey College Prep Charter School (GM-network schools in PA and NJ)

UTICA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Status PENDING: initial application submitted for 6-12 school in Feb. 2012 was incomplete and rejected; UASCS plans to resubmit application in June 2012 (school to open Fall 2013).
Non-profit Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School (see table below)
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
District Utica City School District
Website http://www.uascs.org/
Individuals involved Fehmi Damkaci (lead), Yildiray Yildirim, Birol Ozturk, Sherman Dunmore, Patricia Coban
Notes “The proposed Utica Academy of Science Charter School (UASCS) will be a replication of Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School (SASCS), whose board members will be the founding board members of UASCS.” Damkaci is a founding board member of the Pioneer Charter School of Science (Gulen charter school in MA).

CAPITAL ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Status INACTIVE: A 2003 application for K-12 school to open Fall 2004 was not recommended for approval. A 2004 application for 6-11 school to open Fall 2005 did not progress.
Authorizer Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York (SUNY)
District Troy City School District
Individuals involved Contact: Murat Yuksel (in 2008 appears as board member of Coral Academy of Science, a Gulen charter school in Nevada)
Notes “The organizers of the Capital Academy charter School in Troy center around a group of researchers and alumni of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University at Albany, said spokesman Murat Yuksel, an RPI research associate and lecturer.The group came together over concern about the quality of education in Troy and surrounding school districts.”

BINGHAMTON ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Status INACTIVE: First attempt in 2009 (application withdrawn 7/2009). Second attempt for school w/grades 7-12 to open in fall 2011. Prospectus submitted 8/2010 but school did not advance.
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
District Binghamton City School District
Individuals involved First attempt: Birol Kanik (lead), Galymahan Kirbassov, Holly Gobelez. Second attempt: Galymzhan Kirbassov (lead), Tolga Hayali, Mine Ozer, Slobodan Tanusevski, Janelle Smith
Notes “School design of BASCS draws directly on Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School model…”

BRENTWOOD ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Status INACTIVE: One attempt; withdrew application in Nov. 2009
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
District Brentwood Union Free School District
Individuals involved Kerim Gulyuz (lead), Bernadette Marson, Michael Deluise, Muzaffer Ozcelik, Mary A. Gubitosi, Recep Ornek, Cem Kuscu

CITY ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Status INACTIVE: Attempt to open a 7-12 school in Fall 2009; Another attempt to open a K-12 school in Fall 2010 (withdrew application in Dec. 2009)
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
District NYC CSD tbd on first attempt; NYC CSD 24 (Queens) on second attempt
Individuals involved First attempt: Sinan Asa (lead): Second attempt: Furkan Kosar (lead, principal of Brooklyn Amity School, a private Gulen school), Hakan Baydere, Isseta L. Henderson, Claude Louis, Ercan Sevkat, Mehmet Ozbilgin
Notes Applicant’s leaders failed to show up for public hearing in 2009; claimed they “weren’t aware.”

DIGITAL ARTS & TECHNOLOGY CHARTER SCHOOL (DigiTech K-12)
Status INACTIVE: prospectus submitted Jan. 2011 for K-12 school to open Fall 2012; did not advance
Authorizer New York State Board of Regents
District Buffalo City School District
Individuals involved Tevfik Kosar (lead, involved w/Gulen charter schools in Louisiana), Kameylah Hakim, David J. Banks, Yunus Kumek (BASCS), Mikail Kar

STATEN ISLAND FUSION CHARTER SCHOOL
Status INACTIVE: letter of intent submitted Jan. 2011 for 7-12 school; not followed up w/proposal, or was withdrawn or deemed insufficient,
Authorizer Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York (SUNY)
District NYS CSD 31 (Staten Island)
Individuals involved Zafer Akin (lead applicant; board member of Brooklyn Amity School, a private Gulen school)
Notes Apple Education Services listed as partner organization

PARENT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS


SYRACUSE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Federal Tax ID EIN  043739991
History Founding members: Ehat Erkanli, Yildiray Yildirim, Bulent Cetinkaya, Patricia Ann Coban (married to Mustafa Coban), and Selami Tezcan.
Individuals involved Additional names on Form 990s from 2002-2009: Ahmet Ay, Akin Ozturk, Birol Ozturk, Fehmi Damkaci, Hakki Karaman, Hasan Dalan, Huey Morgan, Linda Spencer, Mustafa Coban, Sherman Dunmore, Tolga Hayali.

BUFFALO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE CHARTER SCHOOL
Federal Tax ID EIN 200723492
History “…the Science Charter School organizers, several of whose members are University at Buffalo professors.” (“State board approves 2 charter high schools.” Buffalo News, 12/12/2003
Individuals involved Names on Form 990s from 2003-2010: Baris Civelek, Catherine Oldenburg, Erica [sic Erika] L. McLean, Ismail Unlusoy, Jack C. Anthony, Kameylah Hakim, Levent Kaya, Linda Kunz, Murat Demirbas, Mustafa Gokcek, Shigeji Fujita, Teyfik Kosar, Yunus Kumek

ROCHESTER ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Federal Tax ID EIN 262041512
History Unknown; no local news articles have yet been located
Individuals involved Names on Form 990s from 2008-2010: Alfred Geier, Cheryl A. Sampson, Ercan Tozan, Ibrahim Unal, Mahmut Gedemenli, Marat Khafizov, William D. Middleton

SERVICE PROVIDERS


APPLE EDUCATION SERVICES, INC.
Federal Tax ID EIN 203736009
Website http://www.appleeducation.org/
Location 250 Moonachie Road, 2nd Fl. Moonachie, NJ; previously located at 545 Interstate Plaza, Carlstadt, NJ.
Services From 2009 Form 990: “Student database software integration into school operations scheduling, guidance program, consulting, testing, professional development for teachers, these services are provided for at least ­10 public charter schools.”
Individuals involved Names on Form 990s from 2006-2010: Mesut Sahin, Faruk Apaydin, Melih Yildirim (board members); Erdinc Karabulut (tax preparer). Advisory board members: Mesut Sahin, Raif Rustamov, Yavuz Ulusoy, Makoto Yoshida
Notes Apple Education Services is associated with Ivy Learning (a.k.a. Ivy League Learning Center); both are SES providers. Apple’s Carlstadt address has been used by other Gulen movement-related organizations: Interfaith Dialog Center (renamed Peace Islands Institute), Helping Hands Relief Foundation, and Lotus Media Productions. Ivy Learning opened a secondary center in Brooklyn in 2012 at a site previously occupied by Brooklyn Amity School, a private Gulen school.

TERRA SCIENCE AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Federal Tax ID EIN 273215060
Website http://www.terraed.org/
Location 1001 Park Ave., Syracuse, c/o Mustafa Coban; same address as SASCS
Services From website: “TERRA Science and Education Foundation is a non-profit organization. Its board consists of volunteers who are scientists and educators who would like to provide educational and scientific services to K-12 schools and schools board.”
Individuals involved From 2010 Form 990: Fehmi Damkaci (from SASCS), Murat Demirbas (from BASCS), Mahmut Gedemenli (RACS)

See these CASILIPS pages for more evidence of affiliation:

In addition, CASILIPS lists Global Sciences Charter School as a possible “stealth” attempt in NY state. http://gulencharterschools.weebly.com/proposed-gulen-charter-schools.html

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