Chicago: Lawsuit Filed Against Gulen School, Charges of Fraud

Diane Ravitch's blog

Lawyers for the government of Turkey filed a lawsuit against the Gulen Concept schools in Chicago, claiming that public money was misspent for private gain. At a time when money for public schools is so limited, you do have to wonder why public officials care so little about fraud, waste, and abuse in the charter industry.

The complaint alleges Des Plaines-based Concept Schools and its Chicago Math and Science Academy engage in “sweetheart deals” that hurt local taxpayers — but benefit the global movement led by Turkish-born cleric Fethullah Gulen….

In their complaint here, lawyers for Turkey accused CMSA’s board of working with Concept and its real-estate arm “to commit ongoing fraud, waste and financial mismanagement of state and federal funds through a series of costly decisions regarding the CMSA property and the construction of a gym.”

The complaint centers on complicated land and financial arrangements involving CMSA and New…

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