Texas Education Agency rejects Turkish government complaint
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Education Agency has reviewed and rejected a complaint from Turkey alleging a charter school system engaged in employment discrimination and misused public funds.
Harmony Public Schools previously denied Turkish government claims that the system has ties to a moderate Islamic cleric accused of inspiring a July military coup attempt.
The TEA says its review of Houston-based Harmony determined the complaint, filed in May, was unfounded and does not warrant further investigation.
Harmony, with more than 30,000 students at 48 campuses, denied wrongdoing and cooperated with the TEA review.
Attorneys for the Turkish government, who were notified Friday of the TEA decision, says other state agencies and public officials will now be asked to scrutinize Harmony.