Why Is the US DOE Supporting Gulen Movement?

Diane Ravitch's blog

We understand that Arne Duncan prefers privately managed charter schools to public schools, but why is he supporting the Gulen Movement?

Is it because it is the largest charter chain in the US, with nearly 150 charters, all led by Turkish men?

Politico.com writes:

“GULEN INSTITUTE LANDS HIGH-PROFILE SPEAKER: Ken Bedell, a senior advisor in the Education Department, spoke Wednesday at a conference about educating low-income students sponsored by the Gulen Institute. The Institute, based at the University of Houston, is tied to a reclusive Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who emigrated to rural Pennsylvania in the late 1990s after suspicion arose in Turkey that he was involved in a plot to overthrow the secular Turkish government. Despite his seclusion, Gulen has been very much in the news of late: His followers in Turkey are believed to have instigated a corruption investigation that now threatens to bring down the current Turkish…

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