Leader of charter schools in Ohio linked to possible government unrest in Turkey

Media reports show millions go to for-profit charter schools; one Ohio school leader may have strong anti-U.S. sentiments

A prosecutor reportedly has asked a Turkish court to issue an arrest warrant for U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, the honorary president of the Niagara Foundation, whom President of Turkey Tayyip Erdoğan accuses of trying to overthrow him, according to a report by a London newspaper. (See: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/19/turkey-arrest-warrant-fethullah-gulen.)

The Turkish court has not ruled on the request, the newspaper reported.

In a Christmas Eve email from Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy in School Funding Executive Director William Phillis, a recent report in The Columbus Dispatch had indicated a warrant may have been issued for Gülen. Other reports said a warrant has not been issued.

"The Gülen movement operates about 150 tax-supported charter schools in the United States, 19 of which are in Ohio," Phillis said. "The Gülen schools have been the subject of investigations by state and federal agencies.

“In spite of the investigations, these schools seem to enjoy protection from state and federal officials. International politics seem to be at play. Meanwhile, these suspect charter schools keep sucking funds from Ohio school districts," Phillis said.

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