NORTHEAST CHARTER SCHOOLS NETWORK DEFENDS ITS SCHOOLS; NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING IN SCHOOLS ACCUSED OF TIES TO TURKISH CLERIC
Albany, NY – The Northeast Charter Schools Network today defended the work of four of its charter schools being accused of connections to a Turkish cleric living in hiding in the state of Pennsylvania. Rochester Academy Charter School, Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, Utica Academy of Science Charter School, and Buffalo Academy are being accused in the news media and on social media of ties to the cleric Fetullah Gulen without any evidence to back up those claims.
Northeast Charter Schools Network CEO Janeene Freeman said, “There has been no evidence showing these New York charter schools have acted inappropriately. Each of the four schools deny the accusations and have repeatedly opened their doors and their books for review, including to the NYS Comptroller.
“Again, there is no evidence to justify these hurtful accusations which detract from the great work the schools are doing in communities desperate for high quality educational options. Each has an admirable track record of student achievement. NECSN stands by our member schools and we have confidence the facts will prevail."