A state audit concluded that three Gulen charters—associated with the Turkish imam Fethullah Gulen—are wasting $3 million a year by leasing their schools’ space.

You will not be surprised to learn that the three schools are leasing the buildings from a Gulen-related company called Terra.

“SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A group of science-focused, tuition-free, taxpayer-funded charter schools in Central New York could save nearly $3 million by purchasing and renovating buildings instead of leasing, according to a state audit.

“The Science Academies of New York (SANY) Charter Schools, which has school buildings in Onondaga and Oneida counties, failed to analyze purchasing options before deciding to lease buildings, according to the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

“Auditors estimate the school could have saved nearly $3 million over the 15-year terms of the leases by purchasing and renovating the four buildings acquired between July 2014 and July 2017 rather than leasing them.

“The charter school group leases its schools from Terra Science and Education Incorporated (Terra), a non-profit organization created to support SANY schools.

“Three schools chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and funded by taxpayers merged in July 2017 to become SANY. Those schools are the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, Utica Academy of Science Charter School and Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School.

“Each school was originally a stand-alone entity and now operates under the same management team. SANY’s current budget is $21.6 million. The schools employs 249 people and have 1,593 students, according to the state.”

A comment that follows the article:

“This is money laundering 101 at the taxpayers expense…Terra Science owns the buildings but SANY still has to lease it. But hears the kicker they are the same company…so they launder the money to themselves and they take tax payer money and send it back to Turkey to their families. Even if you are anti teacher this should make your blood boil…just ask New Orleans!”