Editor’s note: The following post got 2,956 views.  The charter school fiasco in Washington County dominated our “most-read” list.  This is another one of them.

Washington County Charter School Fiasco Gets National And International Attention
Apr 14, 2019

As we all know, news travels fast in this high-tech world we all live in.  Even if it is news coming out of rural Washington County, AL.

Dr. Diane Ravitch is in New York City.  A  former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, she is founder of the Network for Public Education and without doubt, one of the nation’s leading voices opposing the corporate takeover of our public schools.  She also has the country’s most widely read education blog, getting 100,000 views per week.

She has now posted three pieces about Washington County.  You can see them here, here and here.

And now, an article with the byline of Vakkas Dogantekin and posted in Ankara, Turkey, has shown up.  Here it is.

Why all the attention?  It has a lot to do with the fact that both the Woodland Prep charter and the LEAD Academy charter in Montgomery have engaged a Muslim from Texas, Soner Tarim, who has ties to the Gulen charter movement, to operate their schools.  Gulen charters are very controversial due to their founder, Fetullah Gulen.  Many contend that he heads the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).

In addition to all of this attention, The Washington Post is expected to publish an article about Washington County within the next few days.

Given the situation, it is very baffling why the state department of education contends that it has no jurisdiction over the Alabama Charter School Commission and why Eric Mackey, state superintendent, seems reluctant to ask questions and come to the defense of Washington County.

After all, the state superintendent has a responsibility to the people of Alabama to work for the betterment of all public schools–not pick and choose which systems he wants to help and which ones he doesn’t.