Pinellas charter school faces scrutiny *UPDATE 6 March 2012

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Pinellas charter school faces scrutiny *UPDATE 6 March 2012

Post by Sponge » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:05 am

Pinellas charter school reaches out to Scientology for help
By Demorris A. Lee, Times Staff Writer
St.Petersburg Times
Saturday, July 30, 2011
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/ ... lp/1183281
CLEARWATER — Looking for a savior, a North Pinellas charter school that has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy has asked for help from the director of a group affiliated with Scientology.

Life Force Arts and Technology Academy, which caters to low-income children from Clearwater's North Greenwood neighborhood, filed paperwork in federal court July 25 showing it is $250,000 in debt.

[...]

To help the school recover, Mickens and the other board members have turned to Hanan Islam, executive director of the World Literacy Crusade. The group promotes the use of study techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard, the late founder of the Church of Scientology.

[...]

Islam said Mickens approached her earlier because the school needed help. She said she immediately saw what the problems were and gave Mickens a written report. She said he didn't follow her advice.

Now, she said, "We are coming to reorganize it and save the school. We want to make sure the church is taken care of and staff are paid. The priority is rent, staff and taxes. Our only job is to help save it, turn it around. There are no intentions of taking over the school.

"This is what we do," Islam said. "We set up programs in churches and schools all over the world."

Mickens makes no apologies for reaching out to Islam's group and to Scientology.

"I don't look at a person's religion to determine what they do, but what can they do for me," he said. "We had people who were Christians and they put us in a hole."

Mickens said he is not a Scientologist, but a Baptist church deacon. Scientology can provide "some techniques and stuff for reading that has worked very well," he said.

"I'm the type of person, somebody got a good tool, you use the darn thing," Mickens said. "Sometimes people's prejudices can stop things. They are hard workers and I don't have a problem (with them)."

[...]

Islam said the students will not be taught about Scientology.

"My organization does not push any religion at all," Islam said. "We are into creating stellar education programs, particularly in the inner city. I don't care what color, what religion, it doesn't matter."


[....Full article in above link...]
Send Maurice Mickens a copy of Janet Reitman's and Hugh Urban's books and see if they'll put them in their school library.

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Post by brownjedi » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:55 pm

This is bad!

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Post by Sponge » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:27 am

An update, 7 months on:

Oh dear.....

Charter school's troubling twists
Associated Press, Sierra Vista Herald (original source: by Drew Harwell, Tampa Baby Times) 26th Feb 2012
http://www.svherald.com/associatedpress/251004
Edit: Article now available at source Tampabay Times online: http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/ ... er/1217239

[Also see Triumph's posts further down the thread for more snippets]
Islam told the Times in July that she wanted to “save the school” using the World Literacy Crusade’s experience in setting up “programs in churches and schools” worldwide. “There are no intentions of taking over,” she said.

But as the 2011-2012 school year began for about 95 students in August, Islam and other Life Force administrators began insisting on the use of Hubbard’s “study tech” in the classroom, former teachers said.

Every teacher was given Learning How to Learn, an illustrated children’s book and starter’s guide to study tech that includes a biography of Hubbard. Teachers also were trained in Smart Way, a phonics program designed by Scientologists.

One teacher took photos of white boxes stacked in the principal’s office labeled “L. Ron Hubbard Books.”

Teachers were required to attend training sessions at Scientology’s flagship resort in downtown Clearwater, the Fort Harrison Hotel.

Islam posted pictures online with a caption saying teachers were “trained on the barriers to study,” a Hubbard study tech fundamental. Teachers were taught extensively about one study tech solution, “word clearing,” in which fatigued or frustrated students must trace back their problem to a “misunderstood word.”

Though teachers believed their students’ struggles often stemmed from broken homes or social problems in their neighborhood, they were taught to point troubled students to a dictionary


[...and there's more, much more, in the above link...]
But study tech’s controversial links to Scientology have generally kept the program out of public schools. The Florida Department of Education has approved Applied Scholastics as a supplemental educational services provider, but schools and school districts in Georgia; San Antonio, Texas; St. Louis; Nevada and Toronto have backed away from study tech after complaints from teachers and parents.

Greg Blunt, whose 11-year-old daughter, Ta’Shannia, was one of Life Force’s first students in 2009, removed her from the school last month because of what he called Scientology’s “takeover” of the school — something the church denies.

School administrators, Blunt said, have long lied to parents about the church’s involvement. When Ta’Shannia returned home from the Ybor Christmas party with The Carnival of Death, one of Hubbard’s pulp-fiction books, he burned it.

“Everyone knows the easiest way is through a child,” said Blunt, who has some convictions for nonviolent crimes . “Here, little girl, have some candy. Here, little boy, have some books to read. Kids are kids. They’re impressionable. If you can get through to the kids, trust me, you can rule the world.”
This is the book they gave an 11 year old at the christmas party:

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Synopsis: Working deep undercover to break up a purported drug ring operating at Shreve's Mammoth Carnival, US narcotics agent Bob Clark discovers first one and then another headless body. Others believe the gruesome murders are solved after four tribal headhunters working for the show suddenly disappear, but Clark suspects someone else is the real killer. When he finds himself seized by the very same headhunters, Clark sincerely hopes his hunch is right, since the point of a very sharp knife is aimed at his neck!

Lovely! :shock:

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Charter school faces scrutiny

Post by triumph » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:27 am

Sierra Vista Herald
http://www.svherald.com/associatedpress/251004
c.2012 Tampa Bay Times@

DUNEDIN — One Friday afternoon in December, leaders of a tax-funded elementary school called Life Force Arts and Technology Academy shepherded students into a Scientology church in Tampa’s Ybor Square.

The children were fed candy and pizza, given Scientology books and DVDs, and shown a performance of a play written by Scientology’s late founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Some posed for photos with Santa Claus in front of a silver Scientology cross.

It was, as Life Force leaders had promised, a Christmas party, the school’s first since a small Clearwater company called Art of Management had been hired to reorganize the school as it filed for bankruptcy.

Though company president Hanan Islam was also executive director of the World Literacy Crusade, a California organization that promotes Scientology study methods, she had reassured parents then that her group would “not push any religion” at the school.

But as Life Force parents stood in one of Scientology’s newest churches, dedicated last year by Scientology’s worldwide leader, David Miscavige, some felt their trust had been betrayed.

Some parents and former teachers at Life Force, which receives about $800,000 a year in public funding, say the Pinellas County charter school has become a Scientology recruiting post targeting children.

Opened to serve a low-income Clearwater neighborhood and advertising classes in computers and modern dance, Life Force had begun pushing Hubbard’s “study technology,” which critics call a Trojan horse Scientology uses to infiltrate public classrooms.

And while Life Force students and teachers worked in poorly stocked classrooms and teachers went unpaid, the bankrupt school funneled tens of thousands of dollars more to Islam’s business interests than she told the bankruptcy court she would charge.

“There can be no accountability when this kind of stuff goes on,” said teacher Tim Roach, who said he was fired from Life Force last month after criticizing the school. “It’s the students who are going to suffer.”

Though mixing public education with religious doctrine is not allowed by the Pinellas County School District, which oversees charter schools, the district has been stymied in attempts to close Life Force because it is under bankruptcy protection.

In response to questions from the Tampa Bay Times submitted over the last two months, Islam and Louis Muhammad, who chairs the school’s board of directors, responded with brief email statements calling the Life Force reorganization an unquestionable success.

“This is the real story and needs to be told,” Muhammad wrote. “We are making a charter school work.”

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read more at the link
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Louis Muhammad NOI/FOI captain with Alfreddie and Fu Mei Mathers

nice long article exposing the fraud...
Calling herself “Dr. Hanan,” Islam also said she was a naturopathic physician with two doctorates and a master’s degree from Rochville University and the Eden Institute. Rochville is an online school the Washington Post called “a diploma mill.” No university named “Eden Institute” could be found by the Times.
And in 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported, 100 protesters marched outside the Crusade’s Compton, Calif., headquarters, claiming the group had sold free government-issued Section 8 housing vouchers for $1,500 each — vouchers that turned out to be phony.
oh! and
poons work and they help people...

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Re: Charter school faces scrutiny

Post by triumph » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:50 am

more snippets from this glorious article
Johnson is a regular speaker at Scientology events and a longtime proponent of Hubbard study tech. In 2006 he was the speaker for Scientology’s Ebony Awakening Awards at the Fort Harrison Hotel, where he told the Times of a plan to train Nation of Islam members to administer study tech.

A black separatist movement, the Nation of Islam has promoted education and training initiatives aimed at black empowerment and self-improvement, but critics say the movement is a racist hate group. Louis Farrakhan, its outspoken leader, once proclaimed “Hitler was a very great man.”

Johnson, who has called Farrakhan “God’s man on the scene,” was called “the liaison between the Church of Scientology and the Nation of Islam” last October by the Nation’s official newspaper, The Final Call.
Even after the school filed for bankruptcy protection in July, Islam’s work at the Life Force academy proved lucrative for her business interests.

Life Force paid the World Literacy Crusade more than $33,000 in September and October, bankruptcy court filings show, though they do not detail what that money bought. Islam’s management company was paid more than $56,000 in the three months after the school’s bankruptcy — nearly double the rate Islam told the courts she would charge the school.
Williams, Life Force’s director of operations, told the school district this was ordinary practice at Life Force. Student discipline entailed forfeiting recess for “work detail.”

Dot Clark, the school district’s coordinator of partnership schools, told Life Force administrators that forcing young children to clean bathrooms was “inappropriate, unhealthy and a possible safety concern.”

But Islam defended the practice. “We have found in many programs,” Islam wrote to Clark, “having children contribute to the cleanliness of their environment (can) enhance their level of ownership and build their self-esteem.”

Later that day, Life Force board chairman Muhammad said he talked to Islam about the work detail’s “age-appropriateness.” Principal Johnson then wrote to Clark that the discipline would “stop immediately.”

The punishment mirrors the approach of the Church of Scientology’s Rehabilitation Project Force, where staffers in the Sea Org, Scientology’s religious order, are forced to perform menial labor to redeem themselves for what the church considers transgressions.
http://www.svherald.com/associatedpress/251004
more at the link a must read....!! glorious bastards

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Post by triumph » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:03 am

My digging paid off... we posted threads...the same time...
Hanan Islam ..and her fake assed phony degrees got a mention
Shady scam section 8 vouchers... were exposed...

Alfreddie Nation of Islam connections ..were mentioned...

Louis Muhammad mentioned Is ..Fruit of Islam Captain in Tampa...
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Louis pictured here with Alfrauddie and Fu Mae Mathers

Hanan Islam scammed some big time bucks from this bankrupt school!

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Re: Charter school faces scrutiny

Post by Sponge » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:17 am

Thanks Triumph.
Threads now merged.

I had seen a hint of an upcoming article about 12 hours ago, with a short paragraph on the news briefs page on the Tampa Bay Times but the full article didn't appear there online (instead on the Sierra Vista Herald, which is in Arizona, though the AP feed). I wonder if anyone local to Clearwater/Tampa Bay area can tell us if this went to print in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper itself.

The story gets a brief mention amongst Tony Ortega's regular sunday scientology piece:
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... sun_15.php
LATE-BREAKING ENTHETA: Just a few hours ago, an amazing, in-depth investigative report from Tampa Bay Times reporter Drew Harwell hit the Internet in an unusual place -- a small Arizona newspaper, through the Associated Press. We don't know yet if the AP scooped the Times on its own story or what happened, but the important thing is that Harwell has done a killer job exposing how an unholy alliance of Scientologists and Nation of Islam thugs is sucking dry a Clearwater, Florida charter school while pushing L. Ron Hubbard's "study tech" on mostly Black and underprivileged kids. This story has so many troubling elements, we're still absorbing the enormity of it. Congratulations to Harwell for pulling together so many different pieces to the puzzle in this hard-hitting report.
Another Village Voice article, which Triumph posted here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=55856

Edit The article appeared in print. See whitesand's post below.
Edit2: and now available at the original Tampabay Times source online: http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/ ... er/1217239

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Re: Charter school faces scrutiny

Post by triumph » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:45 am

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Louis In His Fruit of Islam pajamas
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Hanan Islam in her Life force Academy RPF uniform
with NOI bigshot West Coast Regional Minister Tony Muhammad
and Alfreddie Johnson...amused by a copy of the Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret ... s_and_Jews
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"How the NOI views white people and Jews" seminar.. Postcardmania courtesy of of Joy Lebowitz Gendusa
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Re: Charter school faces scrutiny

Post by whitesand » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:28 pm

Sponge wrote:Thanks Triumph.
Threads now merged.

I had seen a hint of an upcoming article about 12 hours ago, with a short paragraph on the news briefs page on the Tampa Bay Times but the full article didn't appear there online (instead on the Sierra Vista Herald, which is in Arizona, though the AP feed). I wonder if anyone local to Clearwater/Tampa Bay area can tell us if this went to print in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper itself.
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Re: Charter school faces scrutiny

Post by Sponge » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:04 pm

Thank's whitesand. That's awesome. Frontpage column, top fold, leading to a page 8 full article.


PDF of Tampabay Times front page. Sunday Feb 26, 2012: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/public ... 120226.pdf
and a cropped & highlighted jpg...
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Re: Pinellas charter school faces scrutiny *UPDATE 26 Feb 20

Post by whitesand » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:03 pm

Thanks for the better newspaper image.

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Re: Pinellas charter school faces scrutiny *UPDATE 26 Feb 20

Post by Sponge » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:05 pm

Article is now available at the source Tampabay Times:
edit*
New link: http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/ ... er/1217239

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Re: Pinellas charter school faces scrutiny *UPDATE 26 Feb 20

Post by Judith Anderson » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:24 pm

I'm still looking for the picture of Tom Cruise and Alfreddie Johnson on Page 9A attending a Life Force fundraiser in 2011. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place...

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Re: Pinellas charter school faces scrutiny *UPDATE 26 Feb 20

Post by whitesand » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:11 pm

Judith Anderson wrote:I'm still looking for the picture of Tom Cruise and Alfreddie Johnson on Page 9A attending a Life Force fundraiser in 2011. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place...
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Re: Pinellas charter school faces scrutiny *UPDATE 26 Feb 20

Post by anondelmundial » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:27 pm

The original article link is no longer valid. The article can now be found at
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/ ... er/1217239

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