To the editor:

Former Ohio Department of Education Charter School Office consultant Denis Smith continues to write about the abuses in charterland. See

Please note his reference to the Gulen Islamic charter school empire.

For more information about Islamic Iman Fethullah Gulen, check his website. His views on jihad should frighten all freedom-loving American citizens.

Yet, federal and state officials refuse to question why Gulen schools are authorized to operate in 28 states. Citizens are puzzled as to why Fethullah Gulen is being protected by the CIA.

The Gulen charter network is capturing the minds of 60,000 students in 150 charters across the nation.

The free trips to Turkey, campaign contributions and other perks from this foreign empire have blinded a lot of public officials to the intent of Gulen.

William L. Phillis
Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding