New York State Commissioner of Education will speak at the graduation ceremonies of a charter school in Syracuse affiliated with the Gulen network. King himself came out of the charter sector, so his favoritism towards charters is not surprising.

The Gulen network is the largest charter chain in the nation. It is allied with a reclusive Turkish imam who lives in the Poconos in Pennsylvania yet wields political power in Turkey.

Critics were quick to question King’s decision. Gulen charters are usually distinguished by an all-male, all-Turkish board of directors. Many of their teachers are imported from Turkey. Some Gulen charters exclude students with special needs.