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SES Providers Issues SummaryEdit

Applied Scholastics is a Scientology front group organization dedicated to distributing the exact same "Study Tech" course ware materials and training courses developed L. Ron Hubbard for use as introductory cult indoctrination courses in the Church of Scientology.

Groups like ABLE, HELP, and Applied Scholastics attempt to distance themselves from Scientology in order to claim secular status. Nothing could be further from the truth. Included under the wing of Applied Scholastics International and its regional franchises operate private faith-based schools notorious for their lack of education standards and recruiting of minors for serving in the abusive ranks of the Scientology Sea Organization. Applied Scholastics also applies for federal funded Supplemental Education Services, as granted under the NCLB Act of 2001, to provide after=school tutoring programs in public schools.

While both of these venues of Applied Scholastics involvement in the education of children present major concerns to education activists and human rights advocates alike, the lower hanging fruit that is ripe for addressing additional attention on would appear to be the state-approved SES Providers rather than the more elusive private school institutions.

Thus the following information is a tactical assessment of cult infiltration into our US public school systems under the guise of Applied Scholastics falsely claiming to be a secular education service rather than a faith-based service. Related information that concerned parties should find useful for launching harpoons and other public awareness efforts towards rectifying the situation is also outlined.

Problem AssessmentEdit

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (often abbreviated in print as NCLB) is a United States Act of Congress that was originally proposed by the administration of President George W. Bush immediately after taking office. NCLB is the latest federal legislation that enacts the theories of standards-based education reform, which is based on the belief that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state. (Wikipedia)

One of the common criticisms of the NCLB legislation is that it easily exploited and "gaming the system" can go unchecked. The system of incentives and penalties sets up a strong motivation for schools, districts, and states to manipulate test results while un-certified and poorly trained teachers cash in as Supplemental Education Services (SES) Providers for government funding on their after school tutoring programs. What are Supplemental Education Services (SES) Providers?

The “No Child Left Behind” program defines the role of SES providers as follows:

Supplemental educational services (SES) are additional academic instruction designed to increase the academic achievement of students in schools in the second year of improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. These services, which are in addition to instruction provided during the school day, may include academic assistance such as tutoring, remediation and other supplemental academic enrichment services that are consistent with the content and instruction used by the local educational agency (LEA) and are aligned with the State’s academic content and achievement standards. SES must be high quality, research-based, and specifically designed to increase student academic achievement (Section 1116(e)(12)(C); 34 §C.F.R. 200.45(a)).
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), calls for parents of eligible students attending Title I schools that have not made adequate yearly progress (AYP) in increasing student academic achievement for three years to be provided with opportunities and choices to help ensure that their children achieve at high levels. SES provide extra academic assistance for eligible children.

The area of concern for Applied Scholastics being an approved SES provider is that valid research-based results is totally lacking for proving that it is a helpful learning tool. Due to the techniques being based on the Scientology indoctrination practices, the belief that it works as described is a matter of religious faith that is not deemed acceptable to be questioned by the parent organization that profits from it’s secular use.

Thus, regional Applied Scholastics International (ASI) franchises should be recognized as Scientology front-group who’s goal is to spread a wider acceptance of its religious practices, and applying for NCLB funding under the faith-based education concessions, and NOT being approved as generic study aid for secular use.

ASI programs should have no place in our public education systems without full disclosure of its origin and usage. However, the Scientology propaganda promoting Applied Scholastics is often mistaken for credible documentation rather than being seen as the hard sell marketing materials commonly used throughout all Scientology front groups that masquerade their religious teachings as a secular service.

For more information of the issues highlighted on this wiki page, refer to the Applied Scholastics Exposed Info Pack (DRAFT Dox currently under construction, Final Version coming soon)

Proposed SolutionsEdit

What follows is a list of federal government contacts that should be targeted for more stringent regulations applied to Supplemental Education Services in the proposed NCLB Legislative Overhaul. In addition, a list of states is indexed where Applied Scholastics is currently as a Supplemental Educational Service Provider under the No Child Left Behind act. This means they are hired as tutors for under performing public schools. The states below were indexed originally identified as approved SES Providers and added to this list in the fall of 2009, unless noted otherwise. Last updated and re-verified in May 2010.

Harpoons need manning in these states (see What Can Be done? section below), and due diligence needs done to bring the issues of cult indoctrination techniques being used to exploit federally funded tutoring programs in our underprivileged schools. Please help inform the relevant parties in each state listed below, and aid in fostering a wider awareness of the problem and public outcry for more stringent regulations in the state-level SES Provider approval, review, and monitoring processes.

  • SES program contacts on the state Education Board, as well as the State Superintendent/Commissioner or Secretary of Education.
  • Regional superintendents and applicable school district official for schools that qualify for NCLB Title I funding,
  • in addition to PTA, Teacher Unions, and other Community leaders in those same under performing school districts.


Government Agencies Requiring AttentionEdit

Federal NCLB Legislation, Overhaul Pending in CongressEdit

Federally funded educational programs will be under closer scrutiny in the days ahead since the Obama administration is proposing a sweeping overhaul of President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, and will call for broad changes in how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing, as well as for the elimination of the law’s 2014 deadline for bringing every American child to academic proficiency. (New York Times).

The President's decree follows legislative reform efforts first stated by The Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind, a proposal by more than 135 national civil rights, education, disability advocacy, civic, labor and religious groups that have signed calling for major changes to the federal education law. This action was followed by the February 2007 release of the Commission's final recommendations for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. After a year of hearings, analysis and research, the Commission uncovered the successes of NCLB, as well as provisions which need to be changed or significantly modified.

All those concerned with Scientology indoctrination infiltrating our public school systems under the Applied Scholastics wing of the Scientology empire, are urged to contact the following federal goverment agencies to help raise awareness of the applicable issues.


U.S. Department of EducationEdit

400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/gen/index.html
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
arne.duncan@ed.gov
(202) 401-3000


US House Committee on Education and Labor Edit

2181 Rayburn House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3725
http://edlabor.house.gov/
Full Committee Index, 111th Congress
Chaired by Congressman George Miller (D-California 7th district)
Ranking Member Congressman John Kline (R-Minnesota 2nd district)
States with the largest number of committee members include CA, MI, NJ, NY, and PA.
Relevant target: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
Dale E. Kildee (MI-05), Chairman
Michael N. Castle (DE-At Large), Ranking Member]


US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and PensionEdit

428 Senate Dirksen Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
http://help.senate.gov/
Full Committee Index, 111th Congress
Chaired by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa 5th district)
Ranking Member Senator Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyoming 20th district)
Relevant target: Subcommittee on Children and Families
Senior Subcommittee members include Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), and
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)


State Approved Cult Infiltration In Our Public SchoolsEdit

Applied Scholastics (ASI) is currently approved as SES Provider in the 13 States listed below as of May 2010.


California Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
CA Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-319-0800
The Honorable Jack O’Connell, CO State Superintendent of Public Instruction
(no further contact details readily found)
SES Program Contact Information:
Maria Reyes, Administrator
School Support and Title I Basic Office
CA Department of Education
mreyes@cde.ca.gov
(916) 319-0380
State SES Website


Colorado Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
CO Department of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
303-866-6600
Dwight D. Jones, Commissioner of Education
303.866.6646
commissioner@cde.state.co.us
SES Program Contact Information:
Vernita Mickens
CO Department of Education
Office of Teaching and Learning
(303) 866-6675
Mickens_v@cde.state.co.us
State SES Website


District of Columbia Edit

NEW TARGET! Added to the list May 2010

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
DC State Board of Education
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 723 North
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 741-0888
Kerri L. Briggs, PhD., State Superintendent of Education
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
810 First Street, NE, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 727-6436
SES Program Contact Information:
Darin Simmons, Jr., Program Analyst
Division of Education Excellence, Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
51 N Street NE, 3rd Floor 3015M
Washington DC, 20002
darin.simmons@dc.gov
(202) 654-6111
State SES Website


Illinois Edit

NEW TARGET! Added to the list May 2010

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
IL Department of Education
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
(866) 262-6663
(217) 782-4321
Dr. Christopher A. Koch, State Superintendent of Education
(217) 782-2221
SES Program Contact Information:
State SES Website
Gary Greene, State Board of Education
100 W. Randolph St, 14-300
Chicago, IL 60601
ggreene@isbe.net
(312) 814-3989
Evelyn Deimel, State Board of Education
edeimel@isbe.net
(217) 524-4832


Indiana Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
IN Department of Education
151 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-6610
Dr. Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction
tbennett@doe.in.gov
(317) 232-6665
SES Program Contact Information:
Office of Title I, Indiana Department of Education
(317) 232-0540
State SES Website


Kansas Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
KS State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
(785) 296-3201
Dr. Diane DeBacker, Interim Commissioner of Education
ddebacker@ksde.org
(785) 296-3202
SES Program Contact Information:
State SES Website
Judi Miller, Assistant Director, State and Federal Programs State Department of Education
judim@ksde.org
(785) 296-5081
LaNetra Guess, Education Program Consultant State Department of Education
lguess@ksde.org
(785) 296-8965


Louisiana Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
LA Department of Education
1201 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5243
P.O Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
(877) 453-2721
Paul Pastorek, State Superintendent of Education
customerservice@la.gov
SES Program Contact Information:
Kartina Roberts, Section Administrator School Support Programs
Division of Student Learning and Support, Louisiana Department of Education
Kartina.Roberts@la.gov
(225) 342-5992
(225) 342-3488
1-877-453-2721
State SES Website


Massachusetts Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
(781)338-3000
Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
(781) 338-3111
SES Program Contact Information:
John Desses, SES State Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
sesproviders@doe.mass.edu
(781) 338-6276
State SES Website


Missouri Edit

Protip: St. Louis is the international headquarters for Applied Scholastics, and would be the ideal location for an investigative journalist to look into why ASI was dropped from the approved SES Providers list in other states such as GA, FL, MI and OH.

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
205 Jefferson Street
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4212
Dr. Chris L. Nicastro, Commissioner of Education
573-751-4212
pubinfo@dese.mo.gov
SES Program Contact Information:
Mary Pearce, Supervisor, Federal Programs
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
mary.pearce@dese.mo.gov
(573) 526-4472
State SES Website

New Mexico Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
NM Public Department of Education
Jerry Apodaca Education Building
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 827-5800
Dr. Veronica Garcia, Secretary of Education
(505) 827-6688
SES Program Contact Information:
Art Martinez, Ed. Adm., Title I Bureau
CCNM Workforce Training Center
5600 Eagle Rock Road, Room 201
Albuquerque, NM 87113
arturo.martinez@state.nm.us
(505) 222-4744
State SES Website


Tennessee Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 6th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-2731
Dr. Timothy K. Webb, Commissioner of Education
(615) 741-2731
SES Program Contact Information:
Rita Fentress
Tennessee Department of Education
Rita.Fentress@tn.gov
(615) 253-5206
State SES Website


Texas Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
Texas Education Agency
William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78701
(512) 463-9734
Robert Scott, Commissioner of Education
commissioner@tea.state.tx.us
(512) 463-8985
SES Program Contact Information:
Rita Ghazal, Division of NCLB Program Coordination
Texas Education Agency
rita.ghazal@tea.state.tx.us
(512) 936-9374
State SES Website


Washington State Edit

Approved SES Provider List
State Contact Information:
WA State Board of Education
P.O. Box 47206 -
Olympia, Washington 98504
(360) 725-6025
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Old Capitol Building
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
(360) 725-6000
Randy Dorn, State Superintendent
Randy.Dorn@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6004
SES Program Contact Information:
Gayle Pauley, Director of Title I and Title V
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
gayle.pauley@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6100
State SES Website


What Can Be Done To Stop Applied Scholastics Infiltration?Edit

The following suggestions for monitoring your state’s Supplemental Education Services program and harpooning SES related issues was gathered from professionals who work in the US Education field as well as other advocates who have actively harpooned their government officials.

General pointersEdit

  • Refer to the DOE & SES Contact Information section above (or in the related AS Exposed info pack) to find your state’s SES website. Find the list of State Approved SES Providers and verify the following points to determine if Scientology indoctrination is being funded under the disguise of a secular service:
  • Is Applied Scholastics listed on the list of currently approved SES Providers?
  • Is their any private school institutions that listed for your state on the AppliedScholastics.org Global Locator index that also appear on the list?
  • If you answer yes to either of the above questions, find vendor description information for the listed vendor to determine the specific school districts they are authorized in for providing SES tutoring programs.
  • While investigating your state’s SES website, become familiar with the following aspects of the program:
  • What are the application requirements, filing deadlines, and complaint procedures.
  • What additional state regulations are applied on top of the federal regulations in regards to screening providers, processing new SES applications and monitoring existing providers?
  • Does the program have sufficient standards for approving providers that includes safe guards such as a Code of Professional Conduct (e.g. Iowa), background history checks (e.g. Idaho), and guidelines for unacceptable marketing practices (e.g. New York)?
  • Does the program have standardized requirements for requiring scientifically-based research (e.g. Idaho) for approving alternative tutoring models?
  • Does the program mandate practices for requiring evidence-based results for determining long term compliance (e.g. Pennsylvania)?
  • If any of the above areas seem weak when comparing your state’s practices to other neighboring states, please consider writing the SES contacts urging for more stringent policies.

Targeting approved SES Provider status in your stateEdit

  • Review the applicable state policies and regulations used to manage the Title I SES Provider program as noted in the general pointers list above;
  • In addition to becoming familiar with the SES Provider Removal procedure that typically specific criteria for eliminating an approved vendor that presents false or misleading information (e.g. Oklahoma pg2).
  • Since Applied Scholastics uses the exact same Study Tech courseware that Scientology practitioners study at Church facilities, it is ultimately a faith-based education system despite it false claims to be a secular service. This fact in and of itself should disqualify the ASI application if the state mandates a policy on submitting false information.
  • Refer to the DOE & SES Contact Information section below and reach out to the SES contacts and State Superintendent/Commissioner to make them aware of Applied Scholastic affiliation with Scientology by forwarding this info packet or other documentation.
  • Raise your concerns to the State Board of Education if the lower level contacts fail to heed the information brought to their attention, and lobby for more stringent regulations and policies and mentioned in general pointers above.
  • Contact regional teacher unions and association, and try to enlist educators to raise additional concerns via local media outlets.
  • Identify the applicable school districts that are eligible for Title I assistance, then reach out to the PTA, regional superintendents and school boards to raise awareness of Applied Scholastics connection to Scientology. Urge both parents and administrators to monitor the results-based evidence of Applied Scholastics services closely.
  • Inform parents and school districts officials of the reasons for concern, the need for diligent monitoring of the services being provided to their children, and urge participating family to file the appropriate complaint forms if any problems arise rather than just withdrawing a struggling student from one program and re-enrolling them with a different vendor.
  • Write letters to editor and submit local newspapers and other community publications to help get the word out to other parents and citizens.

Other StrategiesEdit

Additional tactical angles are covered in the FAQ subsection of the Applied Scholastics Exposed Info Pack (pg32), including pointers for the alternative scenarios of targeting federal agencies and policing your state to prevent SES Providers from getting approved/re-approved in the near future.


Additional ResourcesEdit

Key ReferencesEdit

Related DoxEdit

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