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Added Jul 09 2016

“James, any guidance on how we should react?” Elsey wrote, attaching a link to news coverage of the raids at Concept’s main offices in Des Plaines and its Chicago Math and Science Academy, at 7212 N. Clark. “My inclination is to see how this plays out.”

...Concept’s Horizon Science Academy–Belmont, 5035 W. North, and Horizon Science Academy–McKinley Park, 2845 W. Pershing...

Weeks after being raided by federal authorities, Concept Schools asked the U.S. Department of Education for about $340,000 for its Horizon Science Academy-Southwest Chicago Charter School, 5401 S. Western Ave. | Leslie Adkins / Sun-Times file photo

Original article
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/firms-fbi-targeted-kept-getting-federal-money-after-charter-raids/
Date published
July 9, 2016
    Firms FBI targeted keep getting tax money after charter raids
    Days after federal agents swept into the headquarters of Concept Schools and a charter school it operates in Rogers Park in June 2014, top Chicago Public Schools officials took notice of the raids on the taxpayer-funded charter operator but decided to steer clear.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Lampingo The Clown

    Sweet Home Chicago.

  • William Bean a kinder more digestible bean

    Thank you, Scott.

  • Braxter

    Chicago Sun Times WatchDog Report: FBI issues no comments, no indictments and takes no further action after beginning an investigation of Chicago Public School System's charter schools two years ago. What? Is the Sun Times reporter Dan Mihalopoulos trying to fill blank column inches just to sell a minimum number of pages? Sometimes even DNAinfo writes better stuff than this. Will tomorrow's Sun Times headline report that the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor still hasn't taken a single step forward since 1886?

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  • Carl Good

    No, he didn't go "on a trip to Turkey paid for by these folks." Nor did his wife. That's just an RP urban legend.

  • Braxter

    The false story was cooked up as part of the dirty tricks smear offensive used by the little band of funny-boys responsible for totally botching the losing candidate's weird campaign in the 2015 local elections. If you remember, that was the campaign based on a foundation of Four Pillars but, up until days before the actual election, the funny-boys could only find one pillar and were fumbling around with a second pillar and had no clue of what number three or number four were. An absolute train wreck that was so bad it could almost have been made into a short Monty Python movie. It's the same little band of funny-boys that does much of the background moaning and howling on these threads.

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  • Jarvis John Trump WINS.. Again!!

    I see it made the Sun Times,

    Excepted here:

    http://www.educationviews.org/turkish-gulen-charters-dupe-system/

  • Calif Native

    So it was a made up story but somehow happened?

    Huh!

    LOL!!

  • Carl Good

    Joe Moore has gone out of his way to deny it--in response to direct questioning. If he had accepted money for such a trip, and if he had something to hide, he could easily have chosen to simply not respond.

  • Calif Native

    Sure.

    LOL!!

  • Jarvis John Trump WINS.. Again!!

    So he was never there and the Sun Times story is a lie?

  • Carl Good

    and your name is Jarvis John.

  • Calif Native

    If we close our eyes it never happened!

    LOL!!!!

  • Carl Good

    Oh "Jarvis," you brave anonymous social media lurker: here's the statement Joe Moore shared on Everyblock in response to this question back in 2014. But surely you remember it. It was back when your name was Rogersparkingspot.

    "I have no relationship with the Chicago Math and Science Academy other than the fact it is a school that resides in the Ward I represent.
    Neither the school nor its parent company, Concept Schools, has ever hosted me for any trips, foreign or domestic. Neither the school nor its parent has ever employed my wife. Neither the school nor its parent has ever contributed to my campaign, nor to my knowledge has any employee of the school or its parent ever contributed to my campaign."
    https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/aug24-moore-steans-back-school-picnic-feature-jesse-white-6327352/#comment-458677

    It's fine if you don't believe him, and of course you won't, because your reaction to him tends to be a little robotic and predictable. But then the burden is on you to prove him wrong. Go for it, go dig through the records. Win a Pulitzer!

  • Jarvis John Trump WINS.. Again!!

    Please learn to read. Concept isn't the org that paid. The Niagra Foundation was.

  • Calif Native

    Joe Moore has gone out of his way to deny a lot of things that turned out otherwise.

    LOL!!

  • Dave CPS Teacher

    Moore's denial is accurate - but misleading. The Niagara Foundation, which is associated with the Gulen movement that has set up the Concept charters all over the US paid for the trips for Moore and other politicians. Any guesses as to why they would do that, Carl?

    Joe - if I am misinformed on this, please correct me.

  • Calif Native

    Proof once again. If you want something in the 49th ward, you have to pay!

    LOL!

  • Jarvis John Trump WINS.. Again!!

    So?? Who is lying here?

  • We the people are being hoodwinked by those who "serve" us! The Gulen movement takes our tax dollar , gives some back to the politicians who serve them and keeps the rest . Concept and HoriZon schools are just vehicles that get them in bed together!
    There is No suntimes report that will verify this... Just a documentary named Killing Ed. Watch it!

  • Calif Native

    So Braxter and Carl are now blatantly covering for Alderman Goof?

    LOL!!!

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  • Not if they can profit.

  • Calif Native

    Or if they can get free trips overseas in exchange for...?

  • William Bean a kinder more digestible bean

    Free chamber memberships and one year of PR work!

  • Braxter

    Any Rogers Park charter schools shut down by FBI? No.
    Any indictments against charter school officials? No.
    Any FBI arrests of charter school employees? No.
    Any FBI announcements regarding Rogers Park charter schools? No.
    Any FBI concerns expressed after two years of investigation? No.
    Any concerns regarding Rogers Park charter schools? Yes.
    Who? Anonymous persons from a group called Network 49.
    Do they have a central organizing group? Probably.
    Who are they? Nobody knows.
    Do they all live in the 49th Ward? Nobody knows.

  • Calif Native

    He went to Turkey. On their dime. The wife go, too?

    Makes you wonder what any given Chicago politician might accept a lavish trip (or trips) like that in exchange for.

  • Jarvis John Trump WINS.. Again!!

    Reminds me of one of those time-share scams.

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  • Calif Native

    This makes timeshare scams look legitimate.

    LOL!!

  • Interesting article in the Sun Times today about Brian Thurman, Dean of discipline for Joseph Academy a Des Plaines charter school. Evidently they don't pay enough because he was dealing heroin on the west side. He was also in possession of illegal firearms. Police in 2013 purchased 150 grams of heroin from him.

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