gulen-schools

The preacher lives in seclusion in Pennsylvania.

A member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn his support from a proposed charter school -- which would be the first in Loudoun -- because of "controversy" that has arisen over a number of key operational concerns.

The Loudoun County School Board is close to deciding whether to approve its (and possibly Northern Virginia's) first charter school, a proposed math-science academy that critics allege has ties to an Turkish Islamic preacher and a network of like-minded charters across the United States. But, it turns out, questions about ties to the influential preacher, Fethullah Gulen, are not the most immediate issue facing the board with this application.