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Narconon and Other Scientology Front Groups => Scientology Front Groups => Topic started by: ethercat on September 07, 2009, 21:57

Title: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on September 07, 2009, 21:57
I saw this posted to ARS.  Last year, there was an article in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution about Applied Scholastics being on the state tutor's list - does anyone have a copy or the link handy?

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From: "chuckbeatty77 @aol.com" <chuckbeatty77@aol.com>
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: News re Applied Scholastics losing popularity amongst states'
   governments....
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 19:42:51 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <3ad4a28f-2616-456e-a477-61a23ca27371@q35g2000vbi.googlegroups.com>

I got sent this update, to share this news:

"The Supplemental Educational Services (SES) list is now out for each
state. SES is tax-payer paid free tutoring program paying the service
providers between $30-$80 per hours per student in public education.
The "tutors" do not have to be credentialled.  This is one of Bush's
faith-based programs for public education and it is still active.

"There used to be 12-15 states that included Applied Scholastics in
its lists (going back to 2003) but now there are only 8 states:
California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and
Washington. According to the data that I have, Florida, Georgia, New
Jersey and Ohio have all dropped Applied Scholastics from their
approved provider lists for 2009-2010.  I have asked people to double-
check Florida.

"Currently, the three California human trafficking cases against SCN
are going through the federal court system and looks like they will
prevail against SCN.  We do not know the impact against A.B.L.E. or
any of its components (such as AS) if the plaintiffs are successful in
these law-suits.  I am surmising that there will be more lawsuits, if
even one of these three are successful, and that people who used to be
employed by A.B.L.E. and even A.S. may file similar labor lawsuits in
California and other states.

"Obviously, public education does not want to be associated with any
organization that has been convicted in civil or criminal courts of
having anything to do with "human trafficking."  "

And here's some more Chuck posted as a followup:

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Here is the full info given to me to post:

      This is a posting concerning Scientology’s Applied Scholastics
(AS) in terms of its being part of the tax-payer paid Supplemental
Educational Services (SES) tutoring services for public and charter
schools, under Title 1, Part A, of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  The
tutors earn between $20 to $80 per hour per student and do not have to
be credentialed teachers. This is a program designed to include faith-
based groups and so any First Amendment or Wall of Separation argument
will not be heard even though there is a commitment that there be no
proselytizing during the tutoring process.

      The concern is a “heads up” for any public education
administrators supervising AS and then ease of transition to less
controversial tutoring programs for any students who have been
enrolled in AS, if the legal issues besetting Scientology comes to
affect the AS program. †

      At this time, the SES federal and state administrations have
been depending on parent complaints (or lack of utilization) in order
to justify more intense oversight or to remove a program from any
state or district listing. However, almost all parents who become
concerned about Applied Scholastics and its connection with
Scientology Study Tech simply withdraw their children and do not file
a complaint.  (There is nothing on any of the current applications
about Applied Scholastics connection to Scientology or to the Hubbard
principles of Study Tech.)  And the administrators of the SES programs
in the affected states think that they, by regulation, cannot provide
more intense over-sight or any other supervisory consequences without
the said complaints from the parents.

     This may be changing because of the three federal California
human trafficking law-suits in Los Angeles. While none of these cases
directly address Applied Scholastics, or its umbrella organization
Association for Better Living and Education (A.B.L.E.), it is
anticipated that there will other human trafficking labor violation
cases in other states against the Church of Scientology and the Church
of Scientology International from ex-Scientologists who have been
employed in A.B.L.E. and, even, Applied Scholastics, alleging similar
practices that are being adjudicated in the three federal court
cases.

     Anons, please contact (politely and professionally) the
Supplemental Education Services administrators in the state department
of education of each of the listed states and bring to their attention
the three California human trafficking labor code lawsuits filed
against the Church of Scientology legal entities.  Almost all state
education administrators have no idea that any type of legal suits are
being conducted against any of the legal entities subsumed under the
Church of Scientology.

      The 8 states are:  California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas,
Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

      AS is no longer an approved SES provider in:
Arizona (was in 2005 but is no longer), Florida, Georgia, New Jersey
and Ohio as of 2009.  Someone could double-check Florida if they wish.

     Please contact your local school district within the approved
provider states and see if Applied Scholastics is offered to the
students.  If so, please have a polite and professional discussion
with the district SES administrator about any concerns around the
tutoring components of Applied Scholastics plus the California
Scientology human trafficking law-suits.  Remember, the administrators
are the good guys. They are bound by the tenets, laws, rules and
regulations of their profession and Title 1, SES, and will probably
only say that they will research the matter.  IF and when any human
trafficking law-suits are filed against A.B.L.E. and/or Applied
Scholastics, they probably will be able to do more but again they have
to do so under the limits of the regulations surrounding the SES
programs.

     You may also contact the House Committee on Education and Labor
Committee, chaired by Representative George Miller, D-California,
1.202.225.2095 and http://georgemiller.house.gov/contactus/and

the U. S. Senate  Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions,
chaired by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-MA, ex-officio;
help_comments@help.senate.gov and the education sub-committee, chaired
by Christopher Dodd, D-CT, 202.224.2823.

     The three California human trafficking labor code law-suits
wending their way through the federal court system in Los Angeles
are:


Claire Headley v. Church of Scientology
http://www.scribd.com/full/14464561?access_key=key-1fsp0mqjsb4aiy9a95ss
Summary: A suit from an ex Scientologist alleging, among other labor
charges, abuse, human trafficking, forced abortions, and fraud while
in the Sea Organization.

Status: In Federal Court


Marc Headley v. Church of Scientology
http://www.scribd.com/full/12565013?access_key=key-1bdwxztds5mz3ryw8oei
Summary: A suit from an ex Scientologist alleging, among other labor
charges, inhumane working conditions, labor violations, and an
illegally refusing to pay workers minimum wage as required by law.

Status: In Federal Court


Laura DeCrescenzo v Church of Scientology International
http://www.scribd.com/doc/15348562/1st-Amended-COMPLAINT-Laura-A
Summary: A suit from an ex Scientologist alleging, among other labor
charges,  abuse, first amendment violations, and child labor
violations.

Status: In Federal Court


AS on the 2009-2010 SES approved provider list, by state

1. California


California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA  95814
Tel:  (916) 319-0854
E-mail: SES@cde.ca.gov
State SES Website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ti/supplemental.asp
and http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ti/fnl09provlist.asp

2. Colorado

Vernita Mickens
?Principal Consultant
Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO  80203
Tel:  (303) 866-6675
? e-mail:
mickens_v@cde.state.co.us

State SES Website: http://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/improvement/SuppServices.asp
http://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/improvement/download/Supplemental%20Services%20Providers%202009-2010.pdf


3. Florida

Not listed this year but was listed in the past.

Please contact to see if the “not listed” is an oversight:

Lisa Bacen
Bureau of Public School Options
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 316
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Tel:  (850) 245-0479
E-mail: Lisa.Bacen@fldoe.org
State SES Website: http://www.fldoe.org/flbpso/nclbchoice/ses/ses.asp

4. Illinois

Gary Greene
Illinois State Board of Education
100 W. Randolph Street, 14-300
Chicago, IL† 60601
Tel:† (312) 814-5818
E-mail:†ggreene@isbe.net
State SES Website: http://www.isbe.net/ses/default.htm and
http://www.isbe.net/ses/html/service_providers.htm

5. Kansas

Diane DeBacker
Deputy Commissioner, Learning & Innovative SErvices
Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE Tenth Avenue
Topeka, KS  66612
Tel:  (785) 296-2303
E-mail: ddebacker@ksde.org

State SES Website: http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=3479#ses

6. Missouri

Mary C. Pearce
SES Contact
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO  65102
Tel:  (573) 526-4472
E-mail: Mary.Pearce@dese.mo.gov
State SES Website: http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/grantmgmnt/Supplemental_Services/documents/SESProviderList2009.pdf

Tennessee

Julie McCargar or Carol Groppel
Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway
5th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN  37243
Tel:  (615) 532-6245
E-mail:  Julie.McCargar@state.tn.us or Carol.Groppel@state.tn.us
State SES Website: http://www.tennessee.gov/education/fedprog/doc/SES_Prov_List.pdf
http://www.state.tn.us/education/fedprog/doc/fptennesseessp.pdfApplied
Scholastics

8. Texas

Anita Villarreal
Director, School Improvement Program
Texas Education Agency
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, TX  78723
Tel:  (512) 919-5313
E-mail: anita.villarreal@tea.state.tx.us

State SES Website:
http://www5.esc13.net/ses/Approved_Provider_Applications_09_10.html

FOR TX 2007-2008 SES Provider List---- Applied Scholastics

http://www5.esc13.net/ses/docs/07-08%20Approved%20Providers/Applied%20Scholastics_Amend_%209-07.pdf

9. Washington

Gayle Pauley
Director of Title I and Title V
PO Box 47200
Olympia, WA  98504-7200
Tel:  (360) 725-6100
E-mail: gpauley@ospi.wednet.edu
State SES Website: http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/SupplementalServices.aspx
and
www5.esc13.net/ses/ Approved%20Provider%20Applications%2007-08.html -
47k –

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on September 07, 2009, 22:01
http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2009/03/01/tutors0301.html
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Raven on September 09, 2009, 09:58
Applied is a violation of the separation of Church and State. Tax money should not be handed out to religious groups in!
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on September 09, 2009, 10:03
GA dropped them. Hopefully, other states will follow suit. Many have.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Raven on September 10, 2009, 02:30
GA dropped them. Hopefully, other states will follow suit. Many have.


I think this says they are still approved: http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/DMGetDocument.aspx/SESDirectory.PDF?p=6CC6799F8C1371F64A3509F95141DE93BD252311FCB1CCC38548089823717E71&Type=D
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on September 10, 2009, 14:14
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I think this says they are still approved: http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/DMGetDocument.aspx/SESDirectory.PDF?p=6CC6799F8C1371F64A3509F95141DE93BD252311FCB1CCC38548089823717E71&Type=D
This may be an older list?

I'm just going by the information that they are off the list for 2009-2010 posted above:

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There used to be 12-15 states that included Applied Scholastics in its lists (going back to 2003) but now there are only 8 states:
California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. According to the data that I have, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and Ohio have all dropped Applied Scholastics from their approved provider lists for 2009-2010.

I found link to new list:
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/DMGetDocument.aspx/SESDirectory.PDF?p=6CC6799F8C1371F616984CCA2BA3F09698B3792D3B3CCD1C141BC0A54AA5DD59&Type=D
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on September 11, 2009, 23:22
I found link to new list:
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/DMGetDocument.aspx/SESDirectory.PDF?p=6CC6799F8C1371F616984CCA2BA3F09698B3792D3B3CCD1C141BC0A54AA5DD59&Type=D

Sure enough, they're not on the list.  Anyone who participated in the letter writing campaign can take a bow - well done.

Considering how scientology is with names of the front groups, though, I guess someone will have to go through the list and look up all the approved tutors and make sure they didn't just change the name to something else (like they're doing with narconon all the time).
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: wynot on September 12, 2009, 08:41
I noticed the old listing indicated that AS had only 20 students, and were charging the state $30 per student-hour, or $90 per week per student. Since so much of that money would have to go uplines to DM's pocket, my guess is the local cultie (Dr.? Mary Duda) running the operation wasn't making huge profits off it anyway. But I am happy that now they (apparently) are getting none of our tax dollars.

What do you bet that the kids were mostly children of her fellow cultists? It is a marvel how Scientology finds so many ways to suck the bucks out their members!

'til later;
wynot
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Raven on September 14, 2009, 17:15
We will have to see if they reincorporate. There current info is here:  http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/Corp.asp?1522327
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on September 24, 2009, 22:25
Almost 15 years old, but since we know scientology doesn't change its ways unless it's forced to, I believe this is still valid information: Applied Scholastics: A testimony from inside (http://home.snafu.de/tilman/mystory/applied.html)

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on September 24, 2009, 22:42
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My experience with Scientology was mostly through one of their Applied Scholastics schools. I was looking for something other than the public school system and found an Applied Scholastics school that claimed to be non-denominational, a sane environment, and an individual self-paced academic program for the student. I was told that it was based on the breakthrough study technology of the great "educator" L. Ron Hubbard. I didn't really know anything about LRH being the founder of Scientology at the time, and once I found out, I didn't know anything about Scientology anyway except for the fact that John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Tom Cruise and other "successful" Hollywood actors were members.

Great educator? Don't remember reading about him in any history books over the years.....
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on May 23, 2010, 20:11
Updated info on AS. Two new states added.

http://forums.whyweprotest.net/291-scientology-discussion/applied-scholastics-your-public-schools-now-53403/6/
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Lorelei on May 23, 2010, 23:48
What "great" educator drops out of college after consistently crappy performance and low grades?
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 23, 2010, 23:51
oh hai!

I thought i should stop by with more details on the latest info gathering & dissemination on this fine effort Atlfags started. 

When hivemind caught wind of recent additions to the list of states where ASI has gotten itself approved as a SES Provider, i picked up where OP left over & did a round of research, re-verification of SES approved status ALL states and territories, and commenced to spew some major dox for better harpoon leverage for support.

Thus we have UPDATED INFOS nao available for better poons!

Near Final Info Pack: AppliedScholasticsExposed2.pdf (http://www.mediafire.com/?zm1muo2ndnw)

Wiki page expanded: tl;dr Highlights of Key Info from ^^Info Pack

Shoutout to any of the folks on these fine forums who researched this stuff initially last fall, your feedback on the draft info pack and/or wiki page would be most welcome & very much appreciated!

ALSO wanted - input from any of the letter writers who previously harpooned Georgia or Florida education officials where the ASI SES approval was kick to the curb for 2009-10 school year. Anyone happen to get followup scoop on the reason why either of these two states rejected AS services? If so please feel free to slide it to me confidentially if you prefer... either by pm or go post it anonymously on the related wwwp noted in previous post.

TIA for any and halp those who have tread this path before can lend to improve are harpoon fodder and spreading these latest infos all around for the greater good.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Lorelei on May 24, 2010, 00:56
Fantastic, AnonLover!
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: SocialTransparency on May 24, 2010, 08:46
oh hai!

I thought i should stop by with more details on the latest info gathering & dissemination on this fine effort Atlfags started. 

When hivemind caught wind of recent additions to the list of states where ASI has gotten itself approved as a SES Provider, i picked up where OP left over & did a round of research, re-verification of SES approved status ALL states and territories, and commenced to spew some major dox for better harpoon leverage for support.

Thus we have UPDATED INFOS nao available for better poons!

Near Final Info Pack: AppliedScholasticsExposed2.pdf (http://www.mediafire.com/?zm1muo2ndnw)
  • still needs copypasta placeholder text in opening sections revamped into a trageted intro,
  • Feedback, suggestions & grammar nazi edits = DO WANT!

Wiki page expanded: tl;dr Highlights of Key Info from ^^Info Pack
  • http://wiki.whyweprotest.net/Applied_Scholastics_in_the_USA
  • Spread this shi- and use it to man your poons!

Shoutout to any of the folks on these fine forums who researched this stuff initially last fall, your feedback on the draft info pack and/or wiki page would be most welcome & very much appreciated!

ALSO wanted - input from any of the letter writers who previously harpooned Georgia or Florida education officials where the ASI SES approval was kick to the curb for 2009-10 school year. Anyone happen to get followup scoop on the reason why either of these two states rejected AS services? If so please feel free to slide it to me confidentially if you prefer... either by pm or go post it anonymously on the related wwwp noted in previous post.

TIA for any and halp those who have tread this path before can lend to improve are harpoon fodder and spreading these latest infos all around for the greater good.

 Nice stuff with valve added information. The only AS program that I personally was aware of, was in the Cobb County Georgia school system. The program was funded by a rather small state/federal grant. I mean really small grant to one individual operating out of their personal home.

 This was in 2008. The AS program was only used in one school to my knowledge. That school was poorly rated performance wise. The AS program was utilized for a few 'At risk" or poorly preforming students.

  http://www.au.org/media/church-and-state/archives/2009/04/ga-officials-investigate.html

  http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/studytech/studytech28.html

 To my knowledge, they are not in operation @ this time within the state. Funny thing about AS and many of the other front groups the media covers. The media never seems to report that the C of S gets a financial bump from the use of these LRH materials.


Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on May 24, 2010, 09:08
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Funny thing about AS and many of the other front groups the media covers. The media never seems to report that the C of S gets a financial bump from the use of these LRH materials.

Well to be fair, there was this article:
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,25.0.html
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: SocialTransparency on May 24, 2010, 10:12
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Funny thing about AS and many of the other front groups the media covers. The media never seems to report that the C of S gets a financial bump from the use of these LRH materials.

Well to be fair, there was this article:
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,25.0.html

 Oops. Missed that one.Thank you for pointing it out. Could a mod make that article a little more reader friendly? It has some very good information.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on May 24, 2010, 10:26
Controversial church linked to tutors on state list
By Cameron McWhirter, Heather Vogell
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, March 01, 2009

A tutoring agency in Cobb County with ties to the Church of Scientology has drawn critics along with federal dollars.

Applied Scholastics pledges to offer only secular lessons. But critics who lodged four complaints last year against the nonprofit —- which uses Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings —- wrote they feared it wouldn’t keep ideology out of the classroom.

State education officials began an annual inspection in February and will observe the group’s tutoring this month. The review will include making sure Applied Scholastics’ policies and teachings are geared toward secular instruction, officials said.

Private agencies apply to the state Board of Education for a spot on the list of tutors parents can pick from to get extra help for children at certain schools that failed to meet federal academic standards. Georgia’s Department of Education monitors approved tutors while the federal government foots the bill.

Scientology is a religion that counts among its members such Hollywood celebrities as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

Applied Scholastics has caused controversy in recent years in U.S. cities as well as in other countries. In April, for instance, a Boston pilot program for a charter school had its foundation grant questioned after a newspaper reported the school was adopting Applied Scholastics.

Supporters argue the program is nonreligious and has helped students overcome learning problems. Opponents argue it’s a veiled way for Scientology —- which some opponents charge is a cult —- to bring its ideas to children and their parents.

Applied Scholastics uses Hubbard’s “study technology,” described on the group’s Web site as “a system of learning how to learn.” Hubbard argued that a tutor needs to work closely with students to overcome barriers to learning by breaking down complex ideas.

Critics argue that Hubbard’s framework and terminology used in StudyTech mimic the practices of Scientology. People joining Scientology are assigned an “auditor” who helps them break down barriers.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis-based Applied Scholastics said the tutor does not teach Scientology, but does use Hubbard’s educational practices.

“Our organization is not a religious organization,” said Keri Lee. “There is no connection to any church. We use Mr. Hubbard’s teachings. And we are really grateful for them.”

Four of the 123 other state-approved tutors say they are faith-based. None has received complaints, state officials said.

The Georgia Board of Education approved Applied Scholastics in 2006 for a three-year license —- which is up for renewal in September —- to tutor children in grades one through eight in reading and math. The group currently tutors 17 students in Cobb County, state officials said.

The four e-mailed complaints last year alleged Applied Scholastics is a front for Scientology, though none came from a tutored student’s parent. Two of the writers identified themselves as Georgia residents; a third said she was a former Applied Scholastics student.

Mona Manus, who learned about the group while surfing the Web, filed a complaint in April.

State officials said that as long as Applied Scholastics follows state and federal rules, it can remain on the approved tutor list.

“The law was designed to give parents the option and allow them to do the research,” said Dana Tofig, state education spokesman.

Applied Scholastics received $11,300 in federal money for the past two school years, a Cobb district spokesman said.

In its application, Applied Scholastics cited Hubbard’s work as the basis for its approach. State examiners gave the application acceptable marks overall, but they raised questions about the group’s effort to remain non-ideological.

But in its spring 2007 review, Applied Scholastics met or exceeded all state requirements, documents show, including neutrality. State tutor program monitor Lou Ferretti said that during that site visit he saw students sitting at a table at a Cobb library working.

Cruise was a speaker at the opening of the Applied Scholastics world headquarters in 2003. The Scientology magazine Freedom reported he told the crowd that he was trying to learn how to fly for the 1986 movie “Top Gun,” but he had trouble understanding the manuals. He said he had been “diagnosed with a false label, dyslexia.”

“Shortly after that I discovered ‘the Study Technology,’ ” he said, adding that he later learned to fly.

CHECK OUR SOURCES
Georgia Board of Education
www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_board.aspx?PageReq=PEABoardMembers
Official Applied Scholastics Web site
www.appliedscholastics.org
Critic of Applied Scholastics
www.studytech.org         

found at http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2009/03/01/tutors0301.html
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: SocialTransparency on May 24, 2010, 10:48
Controversial church linked to tutors on state list
By Cameron McWhirter, Heather Vogell
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, March 01, 2009

A tutoring agency in Cobb County with ties to the Church of Scientology has drawn critics along with federal dollars.

Applied Scholastics pledges to offer only secular lessons. But critics who lodged four complaints last year against the nonprofit —- which uses Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings —- wrote they feared it wouldn’t keep ideology out of the classroom.

State education officials began an annual inspection in February and will observe the group’s tutoring this month. The review will include making sure Applied Scholastics’ policies and teachings are geared toward secular instruction, officials said.

Private agencies apply to the state Board of Education for a spot on the list of tutors parents can pick from to get extra help for children at certain schools that failed to meet federal academic standards. Georgia’s Department of Education monitors approved tutors while the federal government foots the bill.

Scientology is a religion that counts among its members such Hollywood celebrities as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

Applied Scholastics has caused controversy in recent years in U.S. cities as well as in other countries. In April, for instance, a Boston pilot program for a charter school had its foundation grant questioned after a newspaper reported the school was adopting Applied Scholastics.

Supporters argue the program is nonreligious and has helped students overcome learning problems. Opponents argue it’s a veiled way for Scientology —- which some opponents charge is a cult —- to bring its ideas to children and their parents.

Applied Scholastics uses Hubbard’s “study technology,” described on the group’s Web site as “a system of learning how to learn.” Hubbard argued that a tutor needs to work closely with students to overcome barriers to learning by breaking down complex ideas.

Critics argue that Hubbard’s framework and terminology used in StudyTech mimic the practices of Scientology. People joining Scientology are assigned an “auditor” who helps them break down barriers.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis-based Applied Scholastics said the tutor does not teach Scientology, but does use Hubbard’s educational practices.

“Our organization is not a religious organization,” said Keri Lee. “There is no connection to any church. We use Mr. Hubbard’s teachings. And we are really grateful for them.”

Four of the 123 other state-approved tutors say they are faith-based. None has received complaints, state officials said.

The Georgia Board of Education approved Applied Scholastics in 2006 for a three-year license —- which is up for renewal in September —- to tutor children in grades one through eight in reading and math. The group currently tutors 17 students in Cobb County, state officials said.

The four e-mailed complaints last year alleged Applied Scholastics is a front for Scientology, though none came from a tutored student’s parent. Two of the writers identified themselves as Georgia residents; a third said she was a former Applied Scholastics student.

Mona Manus, who learned about the group while surfing the Web, filed a complaint in April.

State officials said that as long as Applied Scholastics follows state and federal rules, it can remain on the approved tutor list.

“The law was designed to give parents the option and allow them to do the research,” said Dana Tofig, state education spokesman.

Applied Scholastics received $11,300 in federal money for the past two school years, a Cobb district spokesman said.

In its application, Applied Scholastics cited Hubbard’s work as the basis for its approach. State examiners gave the application acceptable marks overall, but they raised questions about the group’s effort to remain non-ideological.

But in its spring 2007 review, Applied Scholastics met or exceeded all state requirements, documents show, including neutrality. State tutor program monitor Lou Ferretti said that during that site visit he saw students sitting at a table at a Cobb library working.

Cruise was a speaker at the opening of the Applied Scholastics world headquarters in 2003. The Scientology magazine Freedom reported he told the crowd that he was trying to learn how to fly for the 1986 movie “Top Gun,” but he had trouble understanding the manuals. He said he had been “diagnosed with a false label, dyslexia.”

“Shortly after that I discovered ‘the Study Technology,’ ” he said, adding that he later learned to fly.

CHECK OUR SOURCES
Georgia Board of Education
www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_board.aspx?PageReq=PEABoardMembers
Official Applied Scholastics Web site
www.appliedscholastics.org
Critic of Applied Scholastics
www.studytech.org         

found at http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2009/03/01/tutors0301.html

 Ahhhh.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Mary_McConnell on May 24, 2010, 11:49
Hi AnonLover!

I have enough headaches working on Narconon stuff but I wanted to say hello and thank you for joining :)

This is a terrific site to send friends and family who need a good place to get the facts about Scientology et al and not run into a wall of nomenclature.

Mary aka AnonyMary

oh hai!

I thought i should stop by with more details on the latest info gathering & dissemination on this fine effort Atlfags started.  <snip>
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 24, 2010, 12:04
The Atlanta article is included in the info pack, and i hope we can inspire enough people to harpoon these issues where AS is an approved SES provider that we can stir up some more local media in the states where infiltration has happened.

Because unfortunately, based on the research i did - i dont think AS is "loosing ground" after all. It would appear instead that each yet they loose one or two states, and gain one or two new states in return. Case in point -- once the states who have policies for resubmitting a rejected SES application or process their application twice a year rather once a year all got their list of approved providers finalized in Jan-March of 2010; we ended up with Florida and Georgia dropping AS but DC and Illinois added them.

Thus i thought we needed better informational tools and an easier means to monitor every state (which is why the info pack has a large section at the end with a directory of contacts). And I'm planning on trying to stir up more attention & effort in the states that have been infiltrated when the big push to get Aussie senate inquiries submissions sent in winds down.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Lorelei on May 24, 2010, 14:27
Good grief. Maybe we need to send out a 50-state-wide bulletin every 3 months (quarterly) to the relevant departments, with relevant updates / court cases tied to Scientology / AS.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on May 24, 2010, 18:31
Hi AnonLover, and welcome to Reaching For the Tipping Point! 

Thus we have UPDATED INFOS nao available for better poons!

Near Final Info Pack: AppliedScholasticsExposed2.pdf (http://www.mediafire.com/?zm1muo2ndnw)
  • still needs copypasta placeholder text in opening sections revamped into a trageted intro,
  • Feedback, suggestions & grammar nazi edits = DO WANT!

I get an error on this PDF - is it just me? or can you upload another copy somewhere?

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 24, 2010, 20:57
Hi ethercat, here's an alternate link for the exact same pdf document in a zip file:
http://www.mediafire.com/?umwdzjtmvj0

if you still get same problem, chk and see what version your adobe acrobat reader is.

This file is working for me in v7, but i made it with a brand new pdf writer tool that i'm not yet intimately familiar with. so i'm thinking i might not have the default settings setup such that the generated pdf files are backwardly compatible with older acrobat versions.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on May 25, 2010, 21:41
Hi ethercat, here's an alternate link for the exact same pdf document in a zip file:
http://www.mediafire.com/?umwdzjtmvj0

if you still get same problem, chk and see what version your adobe acrobat reader is.

This file is working for me in v7, but i made it with a brand new pdf writer tool that i'm not yet intimately familiar with. so i'm thinking i might not have the default settings setup such that the generated pdf files are backwardly compatible with older acrobat versions.

Thanks, AnonLover.  I still get an error message that the file contains errors, but Acrobat will try to open it anyway.  Then I see blank pages, and a message that says, "An error exists on this page.  Acrobat may not display the page correctly.  Please contact the person who created the PDF document to correct the problem."  Then when I click "OK" it says, "Wrong Operand type."

I can see that it contains 43 pages, though.  I have Acrobat 8. 

I tried to open it with the GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) and it gave this error:
"Opening 'AppliedScholastics/AppliedScholasticsExposed2.pdf' failed:

Could not open 'AppliedScholasticsExposed2.pdf' for reading: PDF document is damaged."

I've had good luck with a freebie PDF creator called "PDF995 (http://pdf995.com/)" and Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org/) contains an "Export to PDF" option also.

I've used Foxit for reading (less bloated than Acrobat) but never writing.  (I could see that in the document properties.)
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 25, 2010, 23:44
Quote
I can see that it contains 43 pages, though.  I have Acrobat 8.

Well darn, that sucks... i was really hoping you would come bak and say you had a really old version of Acrobat  :( sorry for the hassles but thk goodness you told me (I'd of never known in Adobe 7)

I'll have to see about getting someone with a better pdf writer to create the final version for me once its done. Meanwhile, here's the latest greatest draft of the info pack as a native msword doc:  http://www.mediafire.com/?motmff3mwat

^^lots of things trimmed, chopped, replaced, and added since the last draft. And srs bizness research has begun for finishing up the 1st section with a proper intro/synopsis on the following new thread over on WWP: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/69-cos-front-groups/debunking-applied-scholastics-research-results-papers-67176/
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on May 26, 2010, 11:27
I had the same problem that ethercat had with the pdf. I will try the word doc.

Update- file corrupt.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on May 26, 2010, 19:05
No joy yet, AnonLover.  This time I get this when I open the zip:

error [AppliedScholasticsExposedDox.zip]:  missing 32768 bytes in zipfile
  (attempting to process anyway)
error [AppliedScholasticsExposedDox.zip]:  attempt to seek before beginning of zipfile

Is the zip file 3.56 MB on your system?  That's what it is on the mediafire site, maybe it's a mediafire problem?  The doc file I get is 4325376 bytes. 

Free, are you able to open it? 
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on May 26, 2010, 19:11
No see above.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 26, 2010, 21:30
[shakes head] WTH, i cant win.

Quote
Is the zip file 3.56 MB on your system?

arrrgh... no its 3.59MB.   brb - reuploading
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 26, 2010, 21:35
Third time is a charm, hopefully... mediafire seemed to choke again on the latest zip file on the retry, so i went to megaupload instead:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J78OD6Q4
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on May 26, 2010, 21:49
Victory! Third time is the charm.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 27, 2010, 09:03
whew! ok now that i got filesharing hassle resolved... anybody got any feedback for me on the parts that are done? (note - i'm still compilng the opening section)

also a bit of trivia: In my research i found that ASI was dropped from the approved SES Providers list in GA, FL, MI and OH. anybody know of any other states that dropped 'em?
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on May 27, 2010, 17:27
I've got it too, now.  Thanks, AnonLover.  I've uploaded a PDF for you here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=19QMXOZQ  (Open Office will read Word files, and contains an "export to PDF" option.)

I'll read it this weekend and send my comments, corrections, and/or suggestions to you, unless you'd rather they be posted openly here?

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 27, 2010, 18:14
yes feel free to post feedback openly, or via PM - either way is fine. i exchanged one PM already with someone else who asked all the basic first impression questions -- whoa, why so big? who be the target audience? ummm, needs shorter version or cover letter?

Here's my responses for benefit of all and to help pave the way for more feedback & input...
Quote
Target audience for the full blown extended info pack is fellow activists & other parties in the education field who we try to enlist additional help from with pooning state & national level peeps.

I had advice from a educator on putting this together, someone who formerly worked for my state's board of ed as coordinator of the Fresh Start program but is now asst superintendent at regional level.  So yeah it is big - its meant to be a followup resource for use as backup material after we get a teacher/board-member/politician's interest rather than the first thing we hit 'em with.

The abbreviated version like your suggesting is what i attempted to do on the related wiki page here:  http://wiki.whyweprotest.net/Applied_Scholastics_in_the_USA and i was hoping that maybe once i had all the other parts & pieces finished up and polished, maybe a portion of the bigger dox could be reused here on this site to do an applied scholastics page just like the handy dandy one done for narconon.

And yes - we still need an initial step letter to go with all of the above. The idea being that once SES application is approved @ the state level, lots more voices below the state level need to be raising a stink. So when the initial letter (that links to wiki page, studytech.org and/or other site) gets a a positive response asking for more info, the extended info packet can be forwarded along or presented in person in order to fully inform other allies outside of activist circles and give everyone with concerns plenty of harpoon fodder for writing multiple letters & addressing their concerns on multiple levels.

And since alot of those extended allies will be educators themselves, the advice i had gotten was 50pages or less would be a reasonable size to distribute, which will likely be comparable to the average sized documentation attached to a SES application or distributed with any kind of new educational program, a teacher/educator wont bat an eye at that sort of documention and will likely make a good first impression if their already interested.

Now granted, its too large and broad for targeting politicians... and my thoughts there was its more for use as a reference for the peeps writing to their legislatures and urging better regulations. Plus too - once the big/extended info pack is complete, it should be easy enough to slice & dice down a smaller brochure out of it for situations where a shorter one would make a better fit.

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on May 30, 2010, 00:07
Ok, little by little, I'll be posting things as I read.  Here's one.

Page 3 of the PDF:
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Parents' expenditures for their children's education could be siphoned off to the Church of Scientology, without their knowledge or consent.

It was my understanding that the parents don't pay for SES themselves - the government provides a set amount per student, per hour of tutoring.  I know that's the way it is in Georgia.  Is it that way in all the states, or is Georgia just different?  It has impact on more people if all taxpayers are paying for AS via SES.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on May 30, 2010, 13:09
good catch Ethercat - i'll definitely revisit that and make it more appropriate.

FWIW - one of my strategies with this documentation was to try and divide the many problems related to Applied Scholastics, and just tackle the SES Provider angle without going into too much detail on the private school side of things. that proved to be easier said then done when pulling together additional materials... so not surprising i still got refinement to do in that regard.

Thanks for the feedback & keep it coming. I temporarily shifted a gear to write a submission for the aussie senate inquiry, but I'll have my head back into this project in another week or so, once I have my support for Sen. Xenuphone sent off.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on June 06, 2010, 18:31
A note for throughout the document: nonprofit or non-profit both appear to be acceptable spellings, but make sure you are consistent throughout.  I have spotted both, and have also seen "non profit" which doesn't appear to be an officially acceptable spelling.

Page 15 of the PDF (14 on the doc) near the bottom:

Quote
The quote appears in the International Scientology News #25, which was published circa August 2003.  The briefing letter is sent out to thousands of Scientologist, and includes reports of legal "wins"...

Should be "Scientologists".



Next page, 16 in the PDF:
Quote
However, Hollander's frank - and very public - admission that the real purpose of the program is to "inject the tech into society at all levels" were made at an event not only endorsed, but was actually organized by the International Association of Scientologists...

doesn't read well to me.  Suggestion:

"However, Hollander's frank - and very public - admission that the real purpose of the program is to "inject the tech into society at all levels" were made at an event not only endorsed, but was actually also organized, by the International Association of Scientologists..."



17 of the PDF:
Quote
The prevailing goal of the Scientology parent organization and all of its front group subsidiaries is spread the religious doctrines of L. Ron Hubbard in effort to achieve "Planetary Clearing".

Should be:
The prevailing goal of the Scientology parent organization and all of its front group subsidiaries is to spread the religious doctrines of L. Ron Hubbard in an effort to achieve "Planetary Clearing".

You may also want to look this up in a style guide, or maybe Lorelei or someone else can chime in with their opinion.  I believe the punctuation ( . ) at the end should be inside the quote marks (...to achieve "Planetary Clearing."), but I'm not positive.

Also, see below.



Quote
This is a global initiative for implementing tactical battle plans for "clearing the planet" though expansion of their official churches as well as their social betterment programs carefully hidden within secular franchise business that benefit from religious cloaking frauds to claim non-profit status..

This sentence isn't making enough sense for me to determine exactly what you want to say, or how you might say it better.  Also, it has 2 periods.  Remove one. 

Here's a guess at what you might be trying to say, and a means of combining it with the sentence before it:

"The prevailing goal of the Scientology parent organization and all of its front group subsidiaries is to spread the religious doctrines of L. Ron Hubbard in an effort to achieve "Planetary Clearing," a global initiative for "clearing the planet." This is planned to take place though expansion of their official churches as well as their social betterment programs, which are carefully hidden within secular franchise businesses and benefit from religious cloaking frauds with non-profit status."



Quote
What does "clear the planet" mean? It means that Scientologists want to clear the planet of insanity, war, and crime, and in its place create a civilization in which sanity and peace exist.

Suggested rephrasing:

"What does "clear the planet" mean? It means that Scientologists want to rid the planet of insanity, war, and crime, and instead create a new civilization in which sanity and peace exist."



18 of the PDF:
Quote
A Clear Expansion Committee (CEC) is an regional scientology board centered...

"An" should be "a."



"The purpose of one of these committee in Florida..."

should be plural, "committees."



Quote
L. Ron Hubbard's goal from the beginning was to "clear the planet," in other words, to see that everyone on earth became a clear, including the use of controversial means.

I'd change it to say:
"L. Ron Hubbard's goal from the beginning was to "clear the planet," in other words, to see that everyone on earth became a Scientology clear, including even through the use of controversial means."



Quote
The "Education Groups" that fall include Applied Scholastics, World Literacy Crusade, along with 13 schools or tutoring services ...

Clarify:

"The "Education Groups" that fall under the CEC include Applied Scholastics and World Literacy Crusade, along with 13 schools or tutoring services ..."



Quote
A view that totally refutes the parent organization's claims of Applied Scholastics being strictly secular in nature.

is not a complete sentence, and I think "claim" should be singular.  Say instead:

"This is a view that totally refutes the parent organization's claim of Applied Scholastics being strictly secular in nature."



Stopping for now on page 20 (so I can keep my place).   ;)
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on July 07, 2010, 21:53
Tutoring Service Approved By DC Public Schools Has Ties To Church of Scientology - MyFox Washington DC (http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNF0PXkiJgWtZDpdrI2pVqiD6xp-fg&url=http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/tutoring-service-approved-by-dc-public-schools-has-ties-to-church-of-scientology-070710)
7 July 2010, 6:33 pm
By MELANIE ALNWICK/myfoxdc

Quote
Federal law says that failing public schools have to provide free tutoring service to students. It is called Supplemental Educational Services (SES).

Concerned parents contacted FOX 5 about one of the groups approved for tutoring by D.C.'s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) - a group that has connections to the founder of the Church of Scientology.

Applied Scholastics International is one of 29 tutoring services listed in the Title I Supplemental Educational Services Guide. Parents of students in failing D.C. public schools can choose which provider they would prefer for their children.

The list makes no mention of the group's controversial ties. But Applied Scholastics’ website does not try to hide its connections.

ASI uses a method called Study Technology, "an exact system which teaches one how to learn" that was "researched and developed by L. Ron Hubbard.” Hubbard is the founder of the Church of Scientology.

Answering the question "What does Applied Scholastics do?” the site says, "The job of Applied Scholastics is to place the Study Technology developed by … L. Ron Hubbard into the hands of the world's students and educators."

FOX 5 has learned that D.C. Public Schools paid the group a total of $12,000 in federal funds for tutoring services provided for the 2009-2010 school year.

That raised eyebrows of the D.C. Public Schools advocates we reached. Some were concerned that recent budget cuts and layoffs at the Office of the School Superintendent for Education might have affected its screening criteria. Not the case, said Chad Colby, a spokesperson for OSSE.

Colby said there is "a strict and intensive application process for tutoring services.” He noted that OSSE follows federal guidelines in approving tutors for the SES program and that those rules do allow faith-based organizations to participate.

Colby said the bottom line is about student achievement. He says OSSE does monitor programs to make sure they are improving student grades, and following the school system's curriculum.
more at http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/tutoring-service-approved-by-dc-public-schools-has-ties-to-church-of-scientology-070710
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on July 08, 2010, 16:43
DeMorning DeBonis: July 8, 2010 - Washington Post (blog) (http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNFOLt1sR_JPzI2RL1JUiFshNjrbaQ&url=http://voices.washingtonpost.com/debonis/2010/07/demorning_debonis_july_8_2010.html)
8 July 2010, 10:56 am

Quote
CHURCH AND STATE -- Nice find by WTTG-TV's Melanie Alnwick: A tutoring group approved by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education has ties to the Church of Scientology, and some parents are none too happy. "Applied Scholastics International is one of 29 tutoring services listed in the Title I Supplemental Educational Services Guide. ... The list makes no mention of the group's controversial ties. But Applied Scholastics' website does not try to hide its connections. ASI uses a method called Study Technology, 'an exact system which teaches one how to learn' that was "researched and developed by L. Ron Hubbard." Hubbard is the founder of the Church of Scientology. ... FOX 5 has learned that D.C. Public Schools paid the group a total of $12,000 in federal funds for tutoring services provided for the 2009-2010 school year."

found at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/debonis/2010/07/demorning_debonis_july_8_2010.html
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on July 13, 2010, 19:21
Stopping for now on page 20 (so I can keep my place).   ;)

AnonLover, should I continue proofreading?

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on July 26, 2010, 21:28
California:
Final List of 2010-2012 SES Providers Approved by the State Board of Education at the May 2010 Meeting. The providers are approved to provide services from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ti/2010prov.asp

Applied Scholastics is not on it.   C{{O}}   :^:^:^:E

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on July 26, 2010, 22:01
 o=R=o :888-O
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Lorelei on July 27, 2010, 02:02
Applied Scholastics is not on it.   C{{O}}   :^:^:^:E

GREAT SUCCESS!
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on July 27, 2010, 20:52
belated thks for the info pack corrections ethercat - real life stuff had me delay finishing up my project on this front. but looks like a fine time to finish it up with latest news that more states have kicked ASI SES approvals to the curb!

new polished/updated info pack document coming soon.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on July 27, 2010, 22:12
Thanks for the update, AnonLover.
Title: NEW! The Symphony of Leif. Leif Csuba is sent to a Scientology Boarding School.
Post by: Mary_McConnell on January 04, 2011, 18:58
Wow! Must see video..... I wonder which school the author based this book and video clip on:

The Symphony of Leif 
Leif Csuba is sent to a Scientology Boarding School...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msXve4_qBT0

Author Publishes Scientology Novel
The Symphony of Leif by Hawaii author Paul Y. Csige makes its debut at bookstores throughout the U.S.
 Email  PDF  Print .Kailua Kona, HI (PRWEB) January 3, 2011

The Symphony of Leif (CsiMec, Inc. 2010) by Hawaii author Paul Y. Csige made its debut in U.S. bookstores this month. Distributed by Ingram Books and also available for Kindle, the novel is a coming of age story about a boy from the Big Island of Hawaii who is sent away to a Scientology boarding school in the Pacific Northwest. Desperate to escape his current school and his domineering father, Leif says “Aloha” to his island home. At first blush the Lamia School seems to be a dream come true, but soon Leif discovers darker and more sinister intentions than educating young minds.

Paul Csige was dubbed, “a scarily talented young fellow from Kailua-Kona who seems able to do just about anything,” in a review of The Symphony of Leif by Burl Burlingame in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. In addition to his recently released first novel, Csige, age 28, has had a successful career as a composer and film maker. In 2009 he collaborated with renown Polynesian artist and historian, Herb Kawainui Kane, to produce an hour long animated film, Voyagers: The First Hawaiians (Guiding Star Pictures, LLC 2009) an adaptation of Kane’s 1976 book Voyage: The Discovery of Hawaii (Island Heritage). Csige directed, edited and animated over 300 of Kane’s works of art for the film in addition to composing and recording the original musical score. Voyagers: The First Hawaiians aired on PBS in 2010 and is currently available in DVD.

Paul Csige was commissioned by The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra to compose an original opus for the symphony’s January 2008 performance in Hawaii. Again collaborating with Herb Kane, a multi-media recording of the concert earned the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence from the Honolulu International Film Festival.

Paul Csige is currently working on a second novel, a concerto, and a live action feature movie scheduled for filming in Hawaii in the summer of 2011.

Please visit the official site at: http://www.thesymphonyofleif.com

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/01/prweb4925484.htm
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on March 20, 2011, 16:49
I apologize if this is linked elsewhere. There are some excellent resources on Applied Scholastics in this WWP thread:
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/applied-scholastics-infodump-summary-thread-background-and-current-events-2011.77633/
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on April 10, 2011, 15:34
bumpty... the draft info pack swapped around earlier in this thread that i was working on early-late spring of 2010, never got completely finished before the school year ended & SES approval season rolled 'round.

But it has been recently resurrected, dusted off & finished up for spring 2011 due to some ambitious MO anons appearing on the wwp scene with an interest to knockdown ASI's approval in their home state turf likes been done elsewhere.

so yeah - took me over a year, but my doxmeister researchfag masterpiece is now complete!  ;D

(drumroll)

Applied Scholastics Exposed Info Pack 2011 (ver3)


Related wiki page with the list of SES approval states, recently updated for current 2010-11 school year approvals, contact infos & new school district stats/references: List of States Using Applied Scholastics (http://wiki.whyweprotest.net/List_of_States_Using_Applied_Scholastics)

^^Once late season approvals/changes factored in, ends up we're NOT gaining as much ground as was thought before the current school year got underway. (we went from 9 states last summer up to 11, Iowa amongst the most recent additions that almost went unnoticed). Thus i figured it was high time we had nice comprehensive set of harpooning tools & ammo readily available before the current school year ends and new approval season gets under way.

Changes done to the main document since the draft version shared include Ethercat's corrections (thanks again!), additional graphics/links on the original content plus a good bit of brand new content that came out in last year incorporated.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on April 10, 2011, 23:52
Very nice. Thanks!
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Stutroup on April 11, 2011, 13:48
I always love seeing these kinds of progress!

It's yet more chipping at Scientology's recruitment base.  Some states may take a while, for various reasons, but it's worth continuing. 

AnonLover, I appreciate the work you and others have been putting into this, and the good news is always astounding.

What I'll find entertaining is when I start hearing that Scientology is changing the name of Applied Scholastics, trying to get around their lack of approval by many states' school boards.  At that point, it should be much easier to notify school boards that a non-approved entity is circumventing their refusal to "help."
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on April 11, 2011, 15:52
A discussion dedicated to the latest list of approved states and related harpooning efforts has been started on WWP here:

Applied Scholastics Tutors Approved in 11 States (2010-11)  (http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/applied-scholastics-tutors-approved-in-11-states-2010-11.78981/)

Indiana is one of the bigger targets for concentrated attention this year - their rumored to be suspended for 2010-11 due to lack of utilization. IOW, one foot out the door.... just needs a couple little shoves to help it along ;)
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: ethercat on April 16, 2011, 23:28
Thank you for your efforts, AnonLover.  You are truly a gem.   \^^/

It's good to keep an eye on what they're doing, because while we all have lives beyond exposing scientology, scientology has people dedicated FULL TIME to promoting it.
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on August 21, 2011, 08:08
GA SES Directory 2011-2012

http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/DMGetDocument.aspx/SESDirectory.PDF?p=6CC6799F8C1371F6E0FF327D4AE71B7B94044C1475231FBED0F62B3ABA2012EF&Type=D

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Mary_McConnell on December 24, 2014, 22:27
http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2009/03/01/tutors0301.html

^^^ link no longer working. Here is the archived link and story on the now-defunct program

Controversial church linked to tutors on state list
By Cameron McWhirter, Heather Vogell
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, March 01, 2009
https://web.archive.org/web/20090304141811/http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2009/03/01/tutors0301.html
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A tutoring agency in Cobb County with ties to the Church of Scientology has drawn critics along with federal dollars.

Applied Scholastics pledges to offer only secular lessons. But critics who lodged four complaints last year against the nonprofit —- which uses Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings —- wrote they feared it wouldn’t keep ideology out of the classroom.

State education officials began an annual inspection in February and will observe the group’s tutoring this month. The review will include making sure Applied Scholastics’ policies and teachings are geared toward secular instruction, officials said.

Private agencies apply to the state Board of Education for a spot on the list of tutors parents can pick from to get extra help for children at certain schools that failed to meet federal academic standards. Georgia’s Department of Education monitors approved tutors while the federal government foots the bill.

Scientology is a religion that counts among its members such Hollywood celebrities as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

Applied Scholastics has caused controversy in recent years in U.S. cities as well as in other countries. In April, for instance, a Boston pilot program for a charter school had its foundation grant questioned after a newspaper reported the school was adopting Applied Scholastics.

Supporters argue the program is nonreligious and has helped students overcome learning problems. Opponents argue it’s a veiled way for Scientology —- which some opponents charge is a cult —- to bring its ideas to children and their parents.

Applied Scholastics uses Hubbard’s “study technology,” described on the group’s Web site as “a system of learning how to learn.” Hubbard argued that a tutor needs to work closely with students to overcome barriers to learning by breaking down complex ideas.

Critics argue that Hubbard’s framework and terminology used in StudyTech mimic the practices of Scientology. People joining Scientology are assigned an “auditor” who helps them break down barriers.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis-based Applied Scholastics said the tutor does not teach Scientology, but does use Hubbard’s educational practices.

“Our organization is not a religious organization,” said Keri Lee. “There is no connection to any church. We use Mr. Hubbard’s teachings. And we are really grateful for them.”

Four of the 123 other state-approved tutors say they are faith-based. None has received complaints, state officials said.

The Georgia Board of Education approved Applied Scholastics in 2006 for a three-year license —- which is up for renewal in September —- to tutor children in grades one through eight in reading and math. The group currently tutors 17 students in Cobb County, state officials said.

The four e-mailed complaints last year alleged Applied Scholastics is a front for Scientology, though none came from a tutored student’s parent. Two of the writers identified themselves as Georgia residents; a third said she was a former Applied Scholastics student.

Mona Manus, who learned about the group while surfing the Web, filed a complaint in April.

State officials said that as long as Applied Scholastics follows state and federal rules, it can remain on the approved tutor list.

“The law was designed to give parents the option and allow them to do the research,” said Dana Tofig, state education spokesman.

Applied Scholastics received $11,300 in federal money for the past two school years, a Cobb district spokesman said.

In its application, Applied Scholastics cited Hubbard’s work as the basis for its approach. State examiners gave the application acceptable marks overall, but they raised questions about the group’s effort to remain non-ideological.

But in its spring 2007 review, Applied Scholastics met or exceeded all state requirements, documents show, including neutrality. State tutor program monitor Lou Ferretti said that during that site visit he saw students sitting at a table at a Cobb library working.

Cruise was a speaker at the opening of the Applied Scholastics world headquarters in 2003. The Scientology magazine Freedom reported he told the crowd that he was trying to learn how to fly for the 1986 movie “Top Gun,” but he had trouble understanding the manuals. He said he had been “diagnosed with a false label, dyslexia.”

“Shortly after that I discovered ‘the Study Technology,’ ” he said, adding that he later learned to fly.

CHECK OUR SOURCES

Georgia Board of Education

www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_board.aspx?PageReq=PEABoardMembers

Official Applied Scholastics Web site

www.appliedscholastics.org

Critic of Applied Scholastics

www.studytech.org
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on December 25, 2014, 09:42
A favorite article. I think it is linked earlier in the thread, but always good to bump!
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: DeathHamster on August 06, 2015, 18:43
Applied Scholastics Online Academy has actually managed to get WASC accreditation (http://www.acswasc.org/directory_searchdetail.cfm?O=7593&Schl=Applied%20Scholastics%20Online&City=&Cat=0&Cnty=0&SchoolCat=Private%20School&Name=Applied%20Scholastics%20Online%20Academy&Page=1). (WASC is a real accreditation organization.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Association_of_Schools_and_Colleges

I've started to throw a page together on them.

Category:Applied Scholastics Online Academy (http://umbraxenu.no-ip.biz/mediawiki/index.php/Category:Applied_Scholastics_Online_Academy)

One oddity that I've noticed is that their Form 990s used the Applied Scholastics group exemption number 4171 until 2010, but not after.

They seem to have a lot of revenue, but very little assets. Gee, I wonder where all the money goes?

As they are "online", I wonder if they'll be used as a backdoor accreditation for students at other Applied Scholastics?
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: Mary_McConnell on August 06, 2015, 20:25
Thanks for keeping us informed on this, DH
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: BigBeard on August 07, 2015, 03:47
That's odd, unless they're omitting it to mask the fact they are part of APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL.

The ASI branch operating as "APPLIED SCHOLASTICS ONLINE ACADEMY" is still listed in the IRS database as part of Group Exemption Number 4171. And it's obvious from the ruling date, they only have there 501(c)3 status because of the Group Exemption granted to ASI as part of the 1993 Closing Agreement.

This is current list of ASI facilities the IRS considers part of GEN 4171 as of 06/08/15:

EIN
NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, ST, ZIP
GEN, SC, AC (AC 6 = Controlling organization, 9 = Subordinate organization)
RULING DATE
DBA (If any)

237250829
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
11755 RIVERVIEW DR
SAINT LOUIS MO 63138-3610
4171 03 6
199310

264323614
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
15020 BURWOOD DR
PERRIS CA 92570-9499
4171 03 9
199310
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS ONLINE ACADEMY

383830684
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
12700 35TH AVE NE
SEATTLE WA 98125-4508
4171 03 9
199310
ACADEMY OF SEATTLE LAUREL ACADEMY

860850124
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
1018 E SAHARA AVE STE D
LAS VEGAS NV 89104-3222
4171 03 9
199310
ACADEMY FOR LEARNING

870517862
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
913 E SYRENA CIR
SANDY UT 84094-3032
4171 03 9
199310
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS ACADEMY OF SLC

954489540
APPLIED SCHOLOASTICS INTERNATIONAL [Note 'Scholastics' misspelled in IRS database]
536 E MENDOCINO ST
ALTADENA CA 91001-2232
4171 03 9
199310
RENAISSANCE ACADEMY INC

954552942
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
PO BOX 29726
LOS ANGELES CA 90029-0726
4171 03 9
199310
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS OUTREACH

954749096
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
3031 ANGUS ST
LOS ANGELES CA 90039-2557
4171 03 9
199310
CARROLL REES ACADEMY & ARTS

954809088
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
6336 HOLLYWOOD BLVD
LOS ANGELES CA 90028-6303
4171 03 9
199310
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS WUS
 
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on August 07, 2015, 13:43
Thanks, DeathHamster and BigBeard. I find it confounding that this front group hasn't been shut down, yet. They've been exposed any number of times.  Now, they've managed an accreditation???

 (:E(

Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: BigBeard on August 07, 2015, 14:28
I wonder what standards are used by the organization that did the accreditation??
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: mefree on August 08, 2015, 12:51
The initial and full accreditation process is found here:
http://www.acswasc.org/about_overview.htm
Title: Re: Applied Scholastics is losing ground
Post by: AnonLover on August 08, 2015, 14:59
That's odd, unless they're omitting it to mask the fact they are part of APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL.

The ASI branch operating as "APPLIED SCHOLASTICS ONLINE ACADEMY" is still listed in the IRS database as part of Group Exemption Number 4171. And it's obvious from the ruling date, they only have there 501(c)3 status because of the Group Exemption granted to ASI as part of the 1993 Closing Agreement.

This is current list of ASI facilities the IRS considers part of GEN 4171 as of 06/08/15:

EIN
NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, ST, ZIP
GEN, SC, AC (AC 6 = Controlling organization, 9 = Subordinate organization)
RULING DATE
DBA (If any)

237250829
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
11755 RIVERVIEW DR
SAINT LOUIS MO 63138-3610
4171 03 6
199310

264323614
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
15020 BURWOOD DR
PERRIS CA 92570-9499
4171 03 9
199310
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS ONLINE ACADEMY

383830684
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
12700 35TH AVE NE
SEATTLE WA 98125-4508
4171 03 9
199310
ACADEMY OF SEATTLE LAUREL ACADEMY

860850124
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
1018 E SAHARA AVE STE D
LAS VEGAS NV 89104-3222
4171 03 9
199310
ACADEMY FOR LEARNING

870517862
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
913 E SYRENA CIR
SANDY UT 84094-3032
4171 03 9
199310
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS ACADEMY OF SLC

954489540
APPLIED SCHOLOASTICS INTERNATIONAL [Note 'Scholastics' misspelled in IRS database]
536 E MENDOCINO ST
ALTADENA CA 91001-2232
4171 03 9
199310
RENAISSANCE ACADEMY INC

954552942
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
PO BOX 29726
LOS ANGELES CA 90029-0726
4171 03 9
199310
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS OUTREACH

954749096
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
3031 ANGUS ST
LOS ANGELES CA 90039-2557
4171 03 9
199310
CARROLL REES ACADEMY & ARTS

954809088
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS INTERNATIONAL
6336 HOLLYWOOD BLVD
LOS ANGELES CA 90028-6303
4171 03 9
199310
APPLIED SCHOLASTICS WUS
 

Thanks BB, this is an extremely helpful list.