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Scientology indoctrination in our schools? It’s more likely than you think.
What you should know if your kids qualify for tutoring programs under federally funded Title I Supplemental Education Services.
Last Updated: April 2011
Applied Scholastics Exposed
Scientology indoctrination in our schools? It’s more likely than you think.
Scientology Dogma Does Not Belong In Our Public Schools ............................................ 2 NCLB – No “Cult” Left Behind for Supplemental Education Grants? .................................... 2 Applied Scholastics and the Church of Scientology .............................................................. 2 What is Applied Scholastics? ................................................................................................ 3 ASI - Scientology in a Secular Disguise ................................................................................ 3 What Educational Value does the Instructional Method of L. Ron Hubbard have to offer? . 6 Who really controls Applied Scholastics?.............................................................................. 8 Applied Scholastics, ABLE and Scientology........................................................................ 10 Former Scientology Executive On Religious Cloaking via ABLE ........................................ 12 Does Applied Scholastics recruit for Scientology?........................................................... 13 Understanding Scientology Front Groups ........................................................................... 13 Scientology official admits ASI program a "generation plant" ............................................. 17 Scientology Global Strategy of “Planetary Clearing” ........................................................... 18 Clear Expansion Committees Define the Goals of Scientology Education Groups ............ 20 International Association of Scientologist Celebrates Applied Scholastics Battle Plan ...... 22 What is Study Tech? ............................................................................................................. 24 The Three Principles Of Study Tech ................................................................................... 25 Study Tech Used to Exploit NCLB Legislation .................................................................... 26 Scientology in our Public School System – Why It Matters.............................................. 28 Controversial church linked to tutors on state list................................................................ 28 Are Applied Scholastics SES Providers properly certified education providers? ................ 30 Applied Scholastics: A testimony from inside ...................................................................... 32 Applied Scholastics SES Providers Currently Approved in 11 States ............................ 36 Areas of Concern: State Approved SES Providers ............................................................. 36 What are Supplemental Education Services (SES) Providers? .......................................... 37 Ongoing investigations into Applied Scholastics tutoring programs.................................... 38 How Can We Keep Scientology Indoctrination Out of Our Schools? .............................. 39 Implications at the Federal & State Levels .......................................................................... 39 FAQ: What You Can Do To Help......................................................................................... 40 DOE & SES Contact Information.......................................................................................... 43
The materials included in this info packet was compiled from List of States Using Applied Scholastics, www.studytech.org & www.ed.gov.
Applied Scholastics Exposed
Scientology Indoctrination in our schools? It’s more likely than you think.
Scientology Dogma Does Not Belong In Our Public Schools
NCLB – No “Cult” Left Behind for Supplemental Education Grants?
Applied Scholastics is a secular franchises dedicated to spreading fundamental doctrines from Scientology religious practices (known as “study tech”) under a secular disguise. They fail to disclose this intimate connection to religious practices when marketing Applied Scholastic vendors who sell their services as SES providers to public schools under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federally funded initiatives. Also hidden from the unsuspected public, is the fact that they have absolutely no research-based evidence proving that L. Ron Hubbard’s study techniques actually improve student scores in an environment other than a private Scientology school, which does not provide a certified educational program. Furthermore, several states have denied the Scientology recruitment programs known as Applied Scholastics continued participation in SES program because the requirements for evidence-based proof of student improvement is readily apparent after 1-2 years of participation. Simply put, Applied Scholastics is nothing more than a Scientology Tutor Trap and L. Ron Hubbard’s education methodology cannot make kids smarter. Therefore, the current list of states where Applied Scholastics International has been approved for Supplemental Education Services (SES) should be a concern to parents, educators and administrators alike. The information contained in the rest of this booklet has been compiled to provide proof and justification for the claims above. The intended purpose of the Applied Scholastics Exposed collection of documentation is to raise further awareness of the fraud being perpetrated on unsuspecting parents who are unhappy with their child’s involvement in Applied Scholastics programs. All excerpted materials from noted sources are included for educational purposes only.
Applied Scholastics and the Church of Scientology
Excerpt from: Scientology cult trying to infiltrate Toronto schools (September 2008) Applied Scholastics and Study Tech are trademarks owned by Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE). ABLE in turn is a Church of Scientology subsidiary. Schools and organizations using Study Tech must pay 4% of total revenues as a licensing fee to Applied Scholastics. Parents' expenditures for their children's education could be siphoned off to the Church of Scientology, without their knowledge or consent. There have been no objective, independent studies to evaluate the effectiveness of Study Tech as an educational method. L. Ron Hubbard, who created it, had no academic credentials. Dr. David Touretzky, research professor at Carnegie Mellon University, sums up Study Tech thusly:
“The real danger of Study Tech is that it was designed for indoctrination, not education. While it may be good at producing obedient Scientologists, it is completely at odds with promoting the ability to think independently. It quite deliberately aims to reduce a student's ability to think critically. Students are taught to distrust their own intelligence and background knowledge, passively and uncritically accepting whatever they are being told. This can only deprive students of a skill vital in an age saturated with conflicting messages, where critical thinking is essential to making sense of the world. Study Tech's doctrinaire and authoritarian approach to teaching is hostile to, and deserves no place in, secular educational institutions.”
What is Applied Scholastics?
ASI - Scientology in a Secular Disguise
Excerpt from: Scientology's Education Fronts - Applied Scholastics International Applied Scholastics Incorporated (ASI) is, officially, a completely separate organization from the Church of Scientology. It is a separately incorporated body with its world headquarters at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Its central task is to promote the use of Study Tech to the non-Scientologist world, particularly in schools - public and private alike. Two of its most important programs are the Hollywood Education and Learning Project (HELP), heavily promoted by celebrity Scientologists such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and the World Literacy Crusade. This is a reading program headquartered in Compton, California that utilizes Study Tech. Long-time Scientologist Isaac Hayes was the celebrity spokesperson, and Baptist minister Alfreddie Johnson is the founder and putative CEO. Although it’s putative goal is to teach people to read, in practice this is just another promotional angle for Study Tech and a way of generating positive publicity for Scientology. The WLC also promotes Scientology's Narconon program for drug rehabilitation (see the WLC's web site at www.worldliteracy.org). Applied Scholastics also manages the use of Study Tech in a very limited number of subscribing institutions (usually schools in the United States run by Scientologists for Scientologist children). The organization has a number of corporate subsidiaries operating under business aliases. They are Carroll Reese Academy & Arts; Ability Plus, Connecticut, Inc.; Ability School of Utah; Academy for Learning, also known as Mission of the Children, Inc.; Chicagoland Academy; Lewis Carroll Academy of the Arts; Renaissance Academy Inc.; and Standard Education, Inc. According to the Church of Scientology International, Applied Scholastics provides the schools [with] overall guidance and technical assistance and support. In exchange, the schools support Applied Scholastics' program by providing it [with] ten percent of the funds they receive in connection with their Applied Scholastics' activities. (Church of Scientology International Exemption Application Form 1023 Attached Statement, 1993) As well as licensing schools, Applied Scholastics and its parent organizations also promote the use of Study Technology by businesses. The Church of Scientology's former Social Coordination Bureau claimed some significant scalps:
Such companies as Elizabeth Arden, Perrier, Bank of America and Chevron have received communication and/or study tech services from a SoCo [Social Coordination] representative. Study tech seminars are delivered regularly at Buick and Oldsmobile Divisions of General Motors in Flint Michigan. (Social Coordination International, p.3) Claims of success in this field should be taken with a pinch of salt. When the British sociologist Roy Wallis attempted to check similar claims in the late 1970s, he had little success: The Church of Scientology supplied, in a letter to the author, the names of a number of US educational establishments in which the programme was said to be operating. Not all of these could be traced. Of five such institutions approached, four could not trace any programme in association with Applied Scholastics - although the programme may have been operating on an unofficial basis. The fifth institution located 'an informal program'. (Wallis, p. 204) […] Critics of Applied Scholastics often lambaste the organization as being a "front group" of the Church of Scientology. That claim is denied by Applied Scholastics, but there is considerable evidence to support it. A close inspection of its corporate relationships and staffing demonstrates that its independence is in reality a fiction, very likely designed to obscure the role played by the often-controversial Church of Scientology. According to the Church itself, Applied Scholastics is a Church program and a "Scientologyrelated entity." In 1993, the Church of Scientology International (CSI) and the United States Internal Revenue Service struck an agreement, under which the Church gained tax exemption for itself and its subsidiaries and in return paid $12.5m to cover payroll, income and estate-tax bills for an undisclosed number of years prior to 1993, as well as discontinuing numerous lawsuits against the IRS. The terms of the agreement did not become public until four years later, when they were leaked to the Wall Street Journal in December 1997. It sparked an immediate controversy. Under the agreement (and, it was alleged, under improper pressure from Church lawyers and private investigators) the IRS had granted Scientology privileges denied to any other faith group. The disparity was highlighted in a subsequent court case involving a Jewish man who wished to claim tax exemption for his child's attendance at a Jewish school. He was denied but the court criticized the conduct of the IRS, pointing out the inconsistency of allowing Scientologists to claim tax deductions for religious schooling while denying it to everyone else. The situation has still not been resolved. CSI had to submit a "Form 1023 Statement" to the IRS prior to the conclusion of the 1993 agreement. In it, CSI declared that Applied Scholastics forms part of its "social betterment program": Though Mr. Hubbard is best known for founding the religion of Scientology, he also authored very effective technologies for handling society's ills and bettering the lot of mankind as a
whole. Over time these technologies have developed into four general social-betterment programs, each addressing a specific area of current social concern: Narconon, a drug rehabilitation program; Applied Scholastics, an educational program; ... For many years CSI and other churches of Scientology have conducted highly-successful social reform programs based on Mr. Hubbard's technologies. They conducted these programs either directly or in close conjunction with charitable and educational organizations formed to help them bring Mr. Hubbard's technologies to the secular world. The bulk of CSI's social betterment program is carried out under the supervision and direction of Association for Better Living and Education ... ABLE accomplishes its goals primarily by providing technical and financial assistance and general promotional support to the international social-betterment organizations that work in ABLE's four areas of concern: Narconon International (drug rehabilitation), Applied Scholastics (education) ... (Church of Scientology International Exemption Application Form 1023 Attached Statement, 1993) When the agreement itself was drafted, CSI accepted responsibility for Applied Scholastics' tax status despite not having any overt corporate responsibility for it. The fictional separation of the two organizations was, in secret, set aside. It was instead defined in the closing agreement as one of a number of "Scientology-related entities": The social benefit and other public benefit entities discussed at pages 1-28 through 1-42 of the June  submission [by CSI] along with all subsidiaries, subordinate chapters, subordinate organizations, or sub licensees thereof (e.g., organizations that are permitted to use particular names, copyrights, service marks, and/or technologies) are Scientology-related entities. Thus, for example, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, National Commission on Law Enforcement and Social Justice, Scientology Defense Fund Trust, Association for the Better Living and Education, Applied Scholastics Incorporated, Narconon International, The Way to Happiness Foundation, and the Foundation for Religious Freedom is Scientologyrelated entities. ("Closing agreement on final determination covering specific matters", U.S. Internal Revenue Service, 1 October 1993) Shortly afterwards, CSI published a "Tax Compliance Manual" issued to Scientology missions and churches across the United States to instruct Scientologists on the requirements of the agreement with the IRS. It includes a passage on Applied Scholastics and the other "social betterment" organizations, granting them sweeping powers to extend tax exemption to subordinate organizations: The SCIENTOLOGY charitable and educational institutions that the Internal Revenue Service has recognized as tax-exempt include Association for Better Living and Education, Narconon and Applied Scholastics and all Narconon centers and qualified schools that operate under the authority of Narconon and Applied Scholastics, The Way to Happiness Foundation, as well as the newly formed Hubbard College of Administration and its subordinate colleges. Narconon,
Applied Scholastics and Hubbard College of Administration each have the authority to extend tax-exempt status to newly formed subordinate organizations. (Tax Compliance Manual, Church of Scientology International, 1993) Applied Scholastics, the Church of Scientology and the Study Tech's proponents frequently play a verbal sleight of hand over the nature of this relationship. "Scientology" is often equated with "the Church of Scientology". Applied Scholastics' separate incorporation does mean that, in a strict legal sense, it is separate from the Church of Scientology. However, the Church's own public documents demonstrate that "Scientology" means far more than just the Church. Scientology's trademarks are controlled and enforced by a separate corporation, the Religious Technology Center (RTC); its copyrights are held by another corporation, the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST); its publications are issued by yet another corporation, Bridge Publications - and so on. Few people, including the Scientologists, would deny that RTC and CST are part of Scientology. This classification was recognized in the 1993 agreement with the IRS, when the closing agreement stated that Applied Scholastics was one of a number of "Scientology-related entities" and the Tax Compliance Manual calls it a "Scientology charitable and educational institution". In short, Applied Scholastics is demonstrably part of the wider Scientology movement.
What Educational Value does the Instructional Method of L. Ron Hubbard have to offer?
Based on the track record of five states revoking the SES approval status of Applied Scholastics after a few short years of participation, the facts appear to be stacking up that they cannot meet the results-based requirements necessary for long term government funding. The illustration below is an advertisement from a carefully disguised Applied Scholastics program in 2005. Quite an amazing promise to guarantee reading and writing in 20 hours considering L. Ron Hubbard had very little formal education as shown on the following page.
Applied Scholastics occasionally registers under a fictitious business name, or the certified tutors listed in the global locator directory operate under their own business name making the direct connection to Scientology less obvious.
Who really controls Applied Scholastics?
Excerpt from: Scientology's Education Fronts - Applied Scholastics International Legal independence is one thing, but operational independence is quite another. Here, too, there is strong evidence that Applied Scholastics has been and probably continues to be subject to the operational control of the Church of Scientology. Applied Scholastics was established on the instructions of L. Ron Hubbard in 1970. He explained four years later how it had come about: This program was started by credentialed teachers in the US who had been trained in study techniques developed by me for use in Scn [Scientology] training. Applied Scholastics has had excellent results increasing the ability of students to read and understand materials. (Hubbard, "The Role of Community Leadership," LRH Executive Directive 256 Int, 28 November 1974) The task of administering Applied Scholastics and other Church "social betterment" programs was given to a major sub-unit of the Church, the Guardian's Office (GO), run by Hubbard's wife Mary Sue. By the end of the decade, the GO had been smashed by the United States Government, which exposed it as the instigator of a massive international campaign of espionage and intimidation aimed at crushing any person or group who Scientology saw as a threat. The GO was eventually disbanded in 1982 after losing a power struggle with the present management of the Church of Scientology. Mary Sue Hubbard was given a lengthy prison sentence and L. Ron himself went into hiding until his death in 1986. The Guardian's Office had a wide range of responsibilities in dealing with the Church's external affairs. It had six Bureaus: Legal, Public Relations, Information (initially called Intelligence), Social Coordination, Service (for GO staff training and auditing), and Finance. Each was numbered, from 1 to 6. As far as Applied Scholastics was concerned, Social Coordination - also referred to as SoCo, Bureau 6 or B6 - was the most significant, as it was responsible for liaising with Applied Scholastics and other "social reform" organizations. One of its Presidents, Frank Zurn (whose wife Laurie is a Narconon International corporate officer and Vice President of ABLE, SoCo's present-day equivalent), explained SoCo's purpose: The dissemination and delivery of Ron's technology divides into broad sectors. Social Coordination International is the organization that has been entrusted with reversing the decay of society and using Ron's technology to revitalize the fields of education, drug rehabilitation, criminal rehabilitation, and society's morals through The Way to Happiness campaign. (Impact magazine issue 10 (1987) p.22)
Zurn specifically named Applied Scholastics as being part of the campaign to "disseminate and deliver" Hubbard's doctrines. When the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Guardian's Office in 1977, in pursuit of the crimes which led eventually to the conviction of the GO's senior staff, it seized a huge quantity of confidential documents which revealed how the GO saw its relationship with Applied Scholastics. The papers show that Applied Scholastics was, in Scientology's own words, a "front group". Even within the Church of Scientology, this knowledge was closely guarded, although it was reportedly fairly common informal knowledge amongst the rank and file. To maintain operational security, the GO used a variety of codes to obscure potentially damaging information. This included a variety of incriminating information that could be legally or publicly damaging. A "Coding Hat" was produced to instruct staff in the areas of sensitivity that were to be subjected to coding. As well as a general GO-wide instruction, each individual bureau of the GO was required to encode information in its own specific area of responsibility. Hence, Bureau 6, also known as B6 or Social Coordination, which was responsible for "social reform groups" such as Applied Scholastics, was given a list of "SC general headings for data needing coding". This included the names of "B6 groups" - that is, organizations covertly run by the Church of Scientology: 1. Incriminating activities such as lobbying where this is prohibited in non-profit corporations. 2. Anything that we do not want connected to LRH [L. Ron Hubbard] or CSG [Controller Staff Guardian - i.e. Mary Sue Hubbard]. This would include #1 above, and is handled by coding their names. 3. Words or actions that would tend to dispute the fact that the C of S's motives are humanitarian; i.e. harass, eradicate, destroy, cave in, third party. 4. Anything that gives specific and actual evidence that Scientology is in legal control of B6 type groups. These are groups that are separate legal entities to the C of S. a. This will include a situation where a flap has occurred due to mishandling of management causing a situation where it appears we are in legal control of a group. Addition: I have listed below the present time B6 groups tha [sic] fall into this category. These groups are: I. Applied Scholastics II. Narconon III. Apple Schools IV. Expansion Consultants V. Childbirth Education Center (new one)
VI. Association for Scientologists for Reform ("SC general headings for data needing coding", undated)
Applied Scholastics, ABLE and Scientology
Excerpt from: Scientology's Education Fronts - Applied Scholastics International After the fall of the Scientology’s Guardian’s Office (GO) in 1983, the Social Coordination section continued in existence as an unincorporated Church of Scientology organization called Social Coordination International. It was replaced in 1986 by the separately incorporated Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE). This supposedly transferred management responsibility for "social benefit" programs outside of the Church of Scientology. This, however, seems to have been a fiction. The true relationship was revealed to the IRS in 1993 in the course of negotiations with the Church, although both parties did their best thereafter to keep the matter secret. In the tax exemption agreement, the Church of Scientology International (CSI) negotiated tax exemption agreements for ABLE and Applied Scholastics, amongst other organizations. It also took on legal responsibility for their tax liabilities - settled with the payment of a single $12.5m lump sum - as well as for policing and implementing the terms of the agreement under the aegis of the "Church Tax Compliance Committee". Yet CSI is supposedly organizationally separate from ABLE and Applied Scholastics, with no management responsibilities for either corporation. In short, an organization claimed to be separate in public was revealed in secret negotiations to actually be a subordinate. According to the public statements of Applied Scholastics, ABLE and CSI, the relationship is something like this:
The four "social betterment" organizations - Narconon, Criminon, Applied Scholastics and The Way To Happiness Foundation - are subordinate to ABLE, which licenses trademarks, copyrighted material, and supervises the correct implementation of the social reform "technologies". Off to each side, but separately incorporated and outside of the management and licensing structure, are the Church of Scientology International (and its subordinate churches) and the International Association of Scientologists. Each provides support and funding to ABLE and its subordinates. The relationship is presented as being strictly charitable, not managerial. However, a close examination of the IRS agreement and the internal documents of both ABLE and CSI show a radically different picture. From these, it is possible to piece together a flowchart showing the organizational relationships between Applied Scholastics, ABLE and the rest of
Scientology's byzantine corporate structure. Applied Scholastics is revealed as being very definitely a part of the Scientology corporate empire:
This is a greatly simplified version of a much bigger and more complex whole. Lines of management are represented as solid black lines, with dashed yellow lines indicating the known and probable contractual relationships. The colors of the different elements indicate distinct corporations, with the Church of Scientology itself being the yellow component. The key to the puzzle is that Applied Scholastics is independent of the Church of Scientology, but is nonetheless still a part of the Scientology conglomerate. Applied Scholastics itself, and each of its subordinate organizations, are run essentially as Scientology franchises. As already mentioned, the CSI Form 1023 submission to the IRS revealed that Applied Scholastics' schools remit "ten percent of the funds they receive in connection with their Applied Scholastics' activities." This is an absolutely standard Scientology franchising arrangement, replicated across Scientology's corporate empire: The Church derived income from four sources: (1) auditing and training; (2) sales of Scientology literature, recordings and E-meters; (3) franchise operations; and (4) management services. Franchise operators were required to remit ten percent of gross income to the Church.
(Church of Scientology of California v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, case no. 85-7324, decided 28 July 1987 - see http://www.xenu.net/archive/CourtFiles/occf113.html) Note that this franchising fee is a fixed percentage of gross income, regardless of profit or losses. Remitting money "uplines" is the top financial priority of every Scientology franchise, superseding even the requirement to keep the franchise solvent. Not surprisingly, many Scientology franchises suffer from financial instability as a result. Applied Scholastics may in some respects be less vulnerable to this than other Scientology "social reform" organizations, as it can rely on having a core clientele - the children of Scientologists. However, this in turn makes it dependent on the success of the Church of Scientology in attracting new members, and it effectively ties Applied Scholastics' operations to those of the Church of Scientology. Schools using Study Tech are invariably run by Scientologists and cater to Scientologists' children. It is thus no coincidence that Study Tech schools are often close to concentrations of Scientologists. For instance, the only school in the United Kingdom that is run on Hubbard's principles happens to be only a few miles from Scientology's UK headquarters at Hubbard's former home in Sussex.
Former Scientology Executive On Religious Cloaking via ABLE
Excerpt from: blank doubts that ABLE is sending $$ through to CoS (Feb 2009) Written by: Larry Brennan, a former top level Church of Scientology executive who worked in the Guardian Office during the 1980’s and witnessed many levels of deception and fraud from the Church of Scientology. I worked on the corporate restructuring in the early 80s that lead to the various “ABLE” groups (Narconon, Applied Scholastics, etc.) falling under the “ABLE” umbrella which in turn was 100% controlled by organized scientology’s Sea Organization under different corporate umbrellas (mostly Church of Scientology International “CSI"). I also handled or oversaw the handling of all their main legal matters around the world as part of the Guardian’s Office for some seven years prior to that. Prior to the “corporate sortout” of the early 80s I was part of that Guardian’s Office that controlled these groups through the GO’s “Social Coordination” Bureau (“B6”). In the GO “Intel” was Bureau 1, otherwise known as “B1”, PR was “B2”, Legal was “B3” and Finance was “B4”. The idea behind the GO org board was that Intel could handle most things but if Intel didn’t handle it then it became a PR matter. If PR didn’t handle it, then it became a legal matter. And if legal didn’t handle it, then it became a finance matter (for example paying off damages, etc.). Hubbard preferred handlings done by B1 (witness Operation Freakout, Operation Snow White, etc.). He considered that B1 could create "an amenable frame of mind on the part of all enemies". He also wrote a lot about PR and pushed their use as well. He was concerned if Intel or PR could not handle it as legal was often an unsure result and he hated it getting as far as finance as he did not want to pay out anything to the "bad guys". His preferred use for legal was to back up intel and
PR actions to harass in litigation or to cover up things in the corporate area. Anyway, that was the main idea behind the GO orgboard but “Social Coordination” was then added as B6 with the GO then fully running groups like Narconon and the education groups, etc. After the GO was taken over in 1981, the Sea Org took over the running of these groups and the first main fiction set up to “buffer” the top of the SO from these groups legally was “ABLE”. After the corporate sortout of the early 1980s I was on the Watchdog Committee and had the actual Hubbard orders in my hand affecting this area as well as saw exactly what was done to run these groups. There was a Watchdog Committee representative over this area who was constantly charged with getting money from “the ABLE” groups weekly with the amount of money being the most pushed thing weekly. From the legal side we constantly helped work out ways to get money from the ABLE groups to ABLE or from ABLE to accounts fully controlled by the upper strata of the Sea Org in CSI. We worked out countless ways to try to justify taking all the money we could from them. This included licensing fees re intellectual property rights, book and other property sales, fees for missions and other things done to help them run their operations, etc. All of that was nothing but a cover. It was an attempt to pretend that ABLE and all the groups under ABLE were not part of organized scientology, fully run and controlled by organized scientology. Rent payments, trademark licensing fees, fees for missions, other management fees, fees for books, separate corporations, separate directors, etc., etc. were nothing more than attempts to create a “legally defensible” paper trail to make it APPEAR that Miscavige and those who did his bidding in WDC and CMO Int did not fully control these groups. The fiction created and forwarded was to protect those at the top from being legally liable for controlling the ABLE groups while still having them secretly run the groups and take almost all of their money. This is no different than what was done with the “churches”, the “missions” or ANY other part of organized scientology's "corporate restructuring". In ALL cases, we worked out ways to control the operations and take out all possible money into corporations and trusts controlled by Miscavige and the top of the Sea Org regardless of corporate shells that made it appear otherwise. This can be talked about for MONTHS but the above is the simplicity of it. Larry Brennan
Does Applied Scholastics recruit for Scientology?
Understanding Scientology Front Groups
Excerpt from: Scientology's Education Fronts - Applied Scholastics International Scientology's "social betterment" organizations - front groups, according to critics - are often accused of covertly recruiting for the Church of Scientology. Hard evidence of this is scanty, although there are a few indicators. For instance, there is evidence that other Scientology-related
entities (notably Narconon and Sterling Management) have recruited for Scientology. It is also worth considering the statement by the Church of Scientology that Applied Scholastics is making it "possible for the peoples of earth to walk onto and up The Bridge." This, though, falls a long way short of making a definite case against Applied Scholastics.
Scientology internal promotion (circa 2004): "Spearheading the Religious Movement with Source"
This image was found on a Scientology site, more specifically at http://www.lrhbooks.com/mailings/dissempjt/index.html. Not surprisingly, it was removed shortly after it was found. (xenu-directory.net)
On the other hand, there is good reason to think that Applied Scholastics plays an important role in promoting Hubbard's doctrines to an audience that would not otherwise encounter them in their original Scientology context. It is merely part of an ambitious and well-funded global program of imbuing wider society with Scientology values: "All of its extensive worldwide activities are part of an effort to instill the values and practices developed by its leader, L. Ron Hubbard, into every aspect of human civilization: mental health, medicine, politics, justice, economics, family life, entertainment and religion." (Kent, 1999) J. Gordon Melton, a research specialist in the religious studies department at UC Santa Barbara, says: "I think among the higher-ups in the Church of Scientology, those at a strategic level, they see this as a way of indirectly spreading Scientology by building the reputation of their leader." (Helfand, 1997) This theme is repeated in many internal Scientology publications, which stress the need to "clear" the planet (bringing it up to a state of Scientological virtue). The link between Applied Scholastics and individual Scientologists is provided by groups called "Clear Expansion Committees," unincorporated bodies established under a 1994 program to provide a direct link with the "social reform" groups. According to Advance magazine issue 153 (April 2001), "Your Clear Expansion Committee is not only a vital group for anyone going Clear, it's disseminating and using LRH tech to take your community to Clear." As a Scientology source explains,
The Clear Expansion Committee is a new program that was launched in 1994 as a major new reach-out program. To really clear one's community, one must have field activities of all types. Of course these include Missions, Field Auditor Groups, Auditors Associations, Volunteer Ministers, Dianetics Counseling Groups and OT committees. They must also include Gung-Ho Groups and the use of LRH's Social Betterment tech such as study groups and schools that apply LRH Study Tech, Narconon, Criminon, The Way to Happiness Groups, WISE, Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, and other scientology community reform groups. While each of these field activities has its own purpose, all exist to get LRH tech used in the world, and bring us closer to a "Cleared Planet". A Clear Expansion Committee is an umbrella, which coordinates all individual scientologists and groups involved in these activities so as to dramatically expand scientology in your area. Under the control of the Clear Expansion Committee all of these groups become an unstoppable force to clear the community. This is very much along the lines of Hubbard's "Special Zone Plan," a policy that some have likened to "infiltration". The touchstone of the CECs is a 1960 bulletin by Hubbard that has been reprinted in CEC publications such as the Flag Clear Expansion Committee Newsletter. Hubbard advises Scientologists to "just enter" wider society and introduce the principles of Scientology without necessarily telling any non-Scientologists what they are doing: A housewife, already successfully employing Scientology in her own home, trained to professional level, takes over a woman's club as secretary or some key position. She straightens up the club affairs by applying comm [sic] practice and making peace, and then, incidental to the club's main function, pushes Scientology into a zone of special interest in the club - children, straightening up marriages, whatever comes to hand, and even taking fees for it - meanwhile, of course, going on being a successful and contributing wife. The cue in all this is don't seek the cooperation of groups. Don't ask for permission. Just enter them and start functioning to make the group win through effectiveness and sanity. ("Special Zone Plan", HCO Bulletin of 23 June 1960)
Editor’s note: Additional proof of these claims taken from Scientology’s own internal documents illustrates these points further on the following page.
Excerpts from: The Command Channels of Scientology
Extended Excerpt: Applied Scholastics & Scientology: Evidence v1
Scientology official admits ASI program a "generation plant"
Source Material: alt.religion.scientology August 23, 2003 http://web.archive.org/web/20040323104437/http://studytech.org/archives/000051.php Describing the St. Louis, Mo. Applied Scholastics school as "a generation plant", and a "base from which we can change the course of culture and create a new and literate civilization," high-ranking Scientology executive Karen Hollander put an end to any doubt over the real agenda of Scientology's Applied Scholastics International program while speaking before the International Association of Scientologists Patrons Ball earlier this year. [...] Ms. [Karen] Hollander stated that in order to get Ron's study tech in, we go directly to the educators themselves, for they are, in the main, people who genuinely want to teach and want their students to acquire the tools for learning. But to crack the education crisis worldwide, Ms. Hollander pointed out, "requires a stable base for the emanation of study technology on a global scale, a place where we can train those who go out and inject that tech into society at all levels. A base from which we can change the course of the culture and create a new and literate civilization on Earth." And that stable base is Applied Scholastics International Spanish Lake in St. Louis, Missouri. It was first announced in October 2001 as the future home of Applied Scholastics International, the next "generation plant" in our planetary salvage crusade. It is now a reality, our base for the most extensive training and dissemination of Ron's study tech ever. On the facing page are photographs and a short tour through the spectacular new facility. It is from this new launch pad we will spearhead a planetary assault on illiteracy. Thanks to Scientologists' support of the IAS, our Spanish Lake campus became an official reality with its Grand Opening in July! Led by New OT VIII and Chief Executive Officer Bennetta Slaughter and a team of OTs, including ten currently auditing on New OT VII, Applied Scholastics International Spanish Lake is truly at the forefront of reversing the dwindling education spiral. [Emphasis and outside link added by studytech.org, Click here for the full text of International Scientology News bulletin (courtesy Google Groups)] 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" and public relations coups for which the church claims credit during the previous year. It also contains a full summary of speeches and announcements made at the Patrons Ball, a glittering event held annually for public Scientologists.
Also in attendance at the event were high-ranking church officials, including Religious Technology Centre chairman David Miscavige, the church's most senior executive, and Mike Rinder, Executive Director of the Church of Scientology International Office of Special Affairs. Hollander's comments may well come back to haunt Applied Scholastics officials in St. Louis, who have faced questions from the public and the press over the program's links to Scientology since establishing the St. Louis beachhead last year. In a St. Louis Post Dispatch article written in March 2002, just after the property for the school had been purchased, Slaughter denied the existence of any link between the church and the school program, and claimed that ASI would hire employees regardless of their religious persuasion: Asked about the relationship between the Church of Scientology and Applied Scholastics, Slaughter says there is none. "Obviously they've been very kind to the organization in terms of support," she said. "But we get our employees from the same place every secular corporation does. We advertise in the newspaper." In a later article published on July 25, 2002, ASI CEO Bennetta Slaughter told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the program was "separate" from the Church of Scientology: "We are strictly an educational organization," said Slaughter. "We are not part of the church," she said. "We are tax-exempt. We use the materials that Ron Hubbard researched and codified. And we get results." 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, and attended by senior Scientology officials. That might make it difficult for Ms. Slaughter and her "team of OTs" to argue that her views are not representative of the church's official position.
Scientology Global Strategy of “Planetary Clearing”
Source Material: International Scientology News 2004 Image Source - xenu-directory.net/documents/corporate/images/ Expanded graphic - http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/6225/narcr.jpg 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” as shown in the following illustration taken from Scientology’s own promotional materials.
Figure 1 Scientology Empire including the front group organizations that concentrate on spreading L. Ron Hubbard’s religious teachings to the private sector. © CSI 2004, reprinted under fair use exception for educational purposes only.
This is a global initiative for implementing tactical battle plans for “clearing the planet” through 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.. What does the "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. In order to do this, they must help individuals become clear of their own individual insanities and regain awareness that they are basically good. (Stason.org) Ever wonder whether the Scientology goal of clearing the planet was an attainable or an unattainable goal? Think about it. A Cleared planet would have to mean unanimous conformity to Scientology. So what are they going to do with all of us Suppressive Persons (SPs)? Kill us? Reprogram us? Send us to Hubbard's famous but delusional "Between Lives Area?" Bombard us with Body Thetans? For more information on why the cult’s ultimate goal of “clearing the planet
will not work, see Why The Planet Can't Be Cleared. (www.xs4all.nl)
Clear Expansion Committees Define the Goals of Scientology Education Groups
Source Material: Wikileaks.org Confidential Documents Released November 2008, Estimated Content Dated 2000-02 A Clear Expansion Committee (CEC) is a regional scientology board centered on a Scientology Org (Church) or Mission, coordinating all Scientology activities in the area, both secular and nonsecular. The purpose of one of these committee in Florida was defined as follows in the Clear Expansion Committee documents (CEC Directory 2002, Flag CEC, Clearwater FL.pdf) released confidentially on Wikileaks.org: Flag’s Clear Expansion Committee has the purpose of coordinating all Scientologists and Scientology® groups and uniting their efforts to clear their area through broad scale dissemination and delivery of the tech. 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. Only clears, for example, could marry and bear children. The Org's Commanding Officer or Executive Director serves as the Chairman of the regional committee. The Public Executive Secretary of the Org is the Deputy Chairman of the CEC, and the Field Control Secretary is the CEC Secretary for that region. The “Education Groups” that fall include Applied Scholastics, World Literacy Crusade, along with 13 schools or tutoring services in the local Clearwater, FL area. An example of the Scientology organization’s strategic planning and use of Applied Scholastics and other education groups are defined in the excerpt included on the following page that is taken from the Wikileaks materials. This documentation reveals the targeted goals and responsibilities for Scientology’s education groups to exploit the public sector for furtherance of their religious teachings while disguised as a secular service provider. This is but one of several examples of how the Scientology organization continually produces propaganda that openly states that Applied Scholastics is looked upon internally as a venue for spreading the Church of Scientology doctrines to the private sector for wider public acceptance. A view that totally refutes the parent organization’s claims of Applied Scholastics being strictly secular in nature.
Extended Excerpt: Applied Scholastics & Scientology: Evidence v2
International Association of Scientologist Celebrates Applied Scholastics Battle Plan
Source Material: IMPACT Magazine Issue #122, December 2009 IAS 25th Anniversary Commemorative Supplement (pg31-34) The International Association of Scientologists (IAS) is an English non-profit organization, which was formed in October 1984. The stated purpose of the IAS is "To unite, advance, support and protect the Scientology religion and Scientologists in all parts of the world, so as to achieve the aims of Scientology as originated by L. Ron Hubbard." (Wikipedia) The IAS followed the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International as the official membership organization of the Church of Scientology. The IAS uses membership dues to fund various public outreach programs that include spreading Applied Scholastics abroad, as well as political action committees, including the Citizens Commission on Human Rights that actively campaigns as a hate group against mental health care professionals. (Wikipedia) One of the Scientology religious holidays is the IAS Anniversary on October 7th. From the Church's site: “Held at a different host city each year, members of the IAS gather to commemorate the founding of the IAS and to rededicate themselves to its aims. The annual IAS freedom awards are presented. This event coincides with the annual convention of IAS delegates.” This annual event includes recognition of the church’s largest financial patrons and the accomplishments in the past year of each of the various Scientology subsidiaries that the association supports in effort to spread Scientology materials to a wider audience. In a 200-page marketing brochure is also published by a leading Scientology magazine that showcases the IAS holiday festivities and promotional presentations. The 2009 IAS brochure blatantly promotes the spreading of L. Ron Hubbard (LRH) religious technology disguised as Applied Scholastics schools and programs akin too battle plan tactics which clearly demonstrates their ongoing crusade to infiltrate the public education systems. The opening remarks in this brochure are quoted below and highlighted on the following page, with the full excerpt available online. Any victory if for naught if one fails to capitalize on it, which in our case meant getting LRH Technology out. It is a task that demanded just as much fortitude as it took to triumph over more than impossible odds and was at least as compelling, for the only reason we ever fought our battles was to bring LRH Technology to the world. Even in the heat of those battles, we always worked to advance LRH Tech to the front line of this planet. In the wake of our victories across the United States and Europe, greater IAS resources could suddenly be directed to overcoming the real war: Study Technology to vanquish literacy; Drug Rehabilitation Technology to hand addiction and “The Way To Happiness” to turn the tide on immorality.
Extended Excerpt: Applied Scholastics & Scientology: Evidence v3
What is Study Tech?
The material on the following pages is an excerpt of a larger essay from www.studytech.org that was last updated: December 9, 2003. Scientology's Study Technology The Hidden Message in L. Ron Hubbard's "Study Tech" Dr. David S. Touretzky Computer Science Department & Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Chris Owen, MBE Rotherhithe London, United Kingdom In July 1997, the Los Angeles Unified School District considered an application by public school teacher Linda Smith to establish a new charter school. When questioned, Smith admitted that she and her two partners were Scientologists, and that the plans for their school included some unusual educational materials called "Study Technology." This attracted the attention of the press and the story was broken by Duke Helfand of the Los Angeles Times in an article on July 27, 1997. Also that month, the California state Department of Education gave preliminary approval for five volumes in the Study Technology series to be used as supplemental textbooks, meaning they could be purchased with taxpayer funds and used by schools throughout the state. (See second Helfand article, LA Times, July 29, 1997.) The LA Times articles sparked an immediate controversy, as a result of which Linda Smith's application was turned down and permission to use the Study Technology books as supplemental textbooks was withdrawn. A previous attempt to insinuate Study Tech into California's public schools had been rebuffed 17 years ago for similar reasons (Myslinksi, 1980): public funds may not be used for religious instruction. The Californian controversy centered on the key issues of what Study Technology is and what it does. It is based on the teachings of the late L. Ron Hubbard, sometime science fiction writer and founder of the Church of Scientology, a reincarnation/psychotherapy group that many see as a cult. Its curious name reflects one of Hubbard's most frequent quirks or marketing gimmicks: he would customarily label his religious doctrines as "technologies". Study Technology, often abbreviated as "Study Tech", forms part of a much larger body of Scientology scripture that members simply call "the tech". The Study Tech books fall into two groups. The first three, the Basic Study Manual, Study Skills for Life, and Learning How to Learn, cover Study Technology proper, but are targeted at different grade levels. These three books are the primary focus of this essay. The remaining two titles, How to Use a Dictionary, and Grammar and Communication for Children, are unremarkable introductions to grammar and punctuation that show only a few tiny traces of Hubbard's influence.
The Study Technology is also used in other Scientology-related "social reform" programs, notably the Narconon and Criminon drug and criminal rehabilitation programs. There, it is delivered in the form of a "Learning Improvement Course" utilizing a very similar set of course materials. All five books (plus their Narconon and Criminon variants) are published by Bridge Publications, the in-house publishing arm of the Church of Scientology. They are distributed by a Los Angelesbased non-profit organization called Applied Scholastics International (ASI). ASI is a subordinate organization of the Association for Better Living and Education International (ABLE). This is in turn a subordinate, and an integral part, of the Church of Scientology, which exercises direct overall control of all of the aforementioned organizations. (Recently Scientology also began distributing the books through another front organization, Effective Education Publishing.) This complicated set of relationships, examined elsewhere on StudyTech.org, is seemingly designed to obscure the central role of the Church of Scientology in the promotion and implementation of Study Technology. This raises the question of whether the proponents of Study Technology are attempting to use public funds for covert religious instruction. The Study Technology's supporters insist that the books are non-religious in nature. When the issue was raised in California, the Department of Education said that a committee that examined the Study Tech books could find no references to Scientology (Helfand, 1997b). It is true that the word "Scientology" does not occur in any of these volumes. However, Scientology jargon and religious beliefs appear throughout the three study skills books; they are inseparable from Study Tech.
The Three Principles Of Study Tech
Study Tech is founded on three principles: (1) use pictures and diagrams to illustrate the concepts being taught, (2) break down complex concepts so they can be mastered in a series of simple steps, and (3) always seek definitions for unfamiliar terms. These rules make sense and are harmless enough when phrased in plain English. But the Study Tech books present them in a different manner. The three principles are called "mass", "gradients", and "misunderstoods": terms that were invented or redefined by Hubbard and loaded with significance in the Scientology religion. These concepts are presented in a doctrinaire manner that is also characteristic of Scientology religious instruction. Study Tech actually helps lay the groundwork for introducing Scientology doctrines into secular education. These three principles of Study Tech are laid out in a document known as HCO Bulletin of 25 June 1971 (revised 25 November 1974), "Barriers to Study". The HCO, or Hubbard Communications Office, was a division of the Church of Scientology that for many years served as the personal secretariat of L. Ron Hubbard. Its main output was a constant stream of Policy Letters (Scientology management policy) and Bulletins (religious doctrines, commonly referred to as "the tech[nology]" of Scientology). Study Tech is laid out in a series of HCO Bulletins mostly issued during the 1970s, which are today collected in a set of volumes entitled The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology, known informally as the "tech volumes" or the "red volumes" since they are printed in red ink. According to the Church of Scientology, these works comprise a major element of Scientology's religious scripture. The source of the Study Tech
doctrines is discussed in greater detail later in this essay, under "Where Does Study Tech Come From?" The HCO Bulletins on Study Technology are also reprinted in various Scientology course packs, such as The Student Hat, that are sold as entry-level "religious services" (courses offered for a fee). A disclaimer at the front of each volume and each course pack, including those containing the Study Tech bulletins, states: "This book is part of the religious literature and works of the Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard." The Student Hat course is compulsory for all Scientologists. Before they can cross the Scientology "Bridge to Total Freedom", they are required to "learn how to learn". The same rule applies to all, no matter how literate they may be -- a sign that something more is going on than mere learning. A summary of the "Barriers to Study" is also included in the Scientology Handbook. To become more informed about education issues and other concerns regarding using Scientology Study Tech indoctrination in our public education systems, continue reading this essay online at: http://www.studytech.org/study_tech1.php http://www.studytech.org/study_tech_print.pdf
Study Tech Used to Exploit NCLB Legislation
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 uncertified teachers cash in as Supplemental Education Services (SES) Providers. For example, schools have been shown to employ "creative reclassification" of dropouts (to reduce unfavorable statistics). The incentives for an improvement also may cause states to lower their official standards. Because each state can produce its own standardized tests, a state can make its statewide tests easier to increase scores. Missouri, for example, improved testing scores but openly admitted that they lowered the standards. A 2007 study by the U.S. Dept. of Education indicates that the observed differences in states' reported scores is largely due to differences in the stringency of their standards. (Wikipedia) Other questionable issues related to how NCLB laws are currently enacted, pertains to Supplemental Education Services (SES) that define the use of external vendors to provide after
school tutoring programs. This legislation does not require tutors to be certified teachers, mandates no standardized list of requirements with leaving the SES approval process in the hands of each state, and derails funding from enabling the certified teachers to be more effective and making normal classroom time more efficient. These problems and many other concerns 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). President Obama’s noble decree comes as the next chapter in many years of ongoing NCLB reform debates and proposals. The Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind is a proposal by more than 135 national civil rights, education, disability advocacy, civic, labor and religious groups that have signed on to a statement calling for major changes to the federal education law. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) initiated and chaired the meetings that produced the statement, originally released in October 2004. A few years later in February 2007, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Co-Chairs of the Aspen Commission on No Child Left Behind, announced the 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. (Wikipedia) This so-called "sweeping overhaul" has been several years in the making, and will likely take a significant amount of time to draft, approve, and be enacted at the state level. Thus, this action is not likely to offer a solution to the imminent problems related to schools districts and SES Providers both gaming the system. Fortunately, many states have enacted additional regulations in the past two years, including more stringent SES monitoring and SES complaint processes. These stiffer regulations make it next to impossible for faux educational tools (Study Tech) based on unfounded learning models (Applied Scholastics) to meet the research-based requirements, and produce results-based improvements consistent with the claims made in their promotional documentation. Despite these additional safe guards being implemented in a limited number of states, the fact remains that the Scientology religious indoctrination practices known as “Study Tech” has consistently been approved as a secular provider in 12-15 states since 2003. In the 2009-10 school year, Applied Scholastics was dropped from the approved SES Provider lists in Georgia and Florida after local advocacy groups launch a public official awareness campaign requesting closer scrutiny of the provider’s application and history of services. Meanwhile, Applied Scholastics, International (ASI) was successfully approved as a new SES Provider in the District of Columbia and New Mexico. As explained in great depth at www.studytech.org, there is absolutely no difference between the study tech sold and practiced at Scientology “churches” for use with their controversial system of
courses and alternative mental health practices and the educational services offered by Applied Scholastics in their private schools and in their SES programs. Therefore, Applied Scholastics pays to license the exact same set of religious indoctrination techniques for resale as a secular education program, and fails to disclose its intended use. So at the very least, not registering as a faith-based SES Provider and promoting itself as secular is a fraudulent business practice. When fraud is regularly financed by federal funding in more than a dozen states at the expense of our children’s education, all taxpayers with a stake in their public education system should be highly concerned.
Scientology in our Public School System – Why It Matters
Controversial church linked to tutors on state list
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 01, 2009 by Cameron McWhirter, Heather Vogell 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.
Editor’s note: Applied Scholastics was dropped from Georgia’s Approved SES Provider’s List for the 2009-10 school year, thanks in part to the due diligence of local Scientology Critics & Anonymous Activists. Letter writing, networking, and other efforts to raise awareness at the state board of education level can make a difference in regards to informing your public officials that Applied Scholastics is Scientology indoctrination techniques cloaked in a secular disguise.
Are Applied Scholastics SES Providers properly certified education providers?
To put it bluntly – you are not likely to find highly qualified educators in Applied Scholastics, at least not according to standards that parents would expect under government-funded programs. Since Applied Scholastics is essentially a franchise designed to resell Scientology training doctrines as a secular product, it is important for educators and other relevant parties to realize the following summary of well-known facts create ample room for concern and close scrutiny of all Scientology-linked educational groups and facilities. • The Scientology organization as whole takes a very dim view of formal education, their own religious order (The Sea Organization) that manages all of the front groups at an executive level encourage young children to work long hours with very little self-attended education. The Applied Scholastics franchise system self-certifies its own trainers according to the same religious doctrine based standards and methodologies used to certify course room supervisors in Church facilities. These same trainers and the letters of recommendation they present as credentials are always active Scientologists and independent tutors and non-scientology training facilities seldom use the Applied Scholastics materials and techniques.
A prime example of how Applied Scholastics instructors are recruited from current ranks of active Scientology members along with the applicable certification requirements is summarized below. Editor’s note: the following material is adapted from Become an Applied Scholastics Instructor in Australia, with excerpts taken from Applied Scholastics Western Australia web site at www.apswa.org. About Us “Our staff have undergone rigorous training to become qualified Instructors and Tutors in the Applied Scholastics™ learning methodologies, which are precise methods delivered in precise ways matching the standards set by Applied Scholastics. The precision and maintenance of the standard bring about the incredibly effective results.”
Note in the above statement that no external education standards are involved in becoming a “qualified instructor” and the “rigorous training” that is required involves the extended use of train-the-trainer style instruction for running a Scientology “courseroom”. Become an Applied Scholastics Instructor "The Fundamentals of Instruction Course" trains someone to be an Applied Scholastics™ Instructor who can run a courseroom standardly and produce graduates who know and can successfully apply the materials they have studied. This level of training also qualifies the graduate to produce additional Instructors. The Instructor will learn how to use teaching and instructing strategies as well as communication skills in managing the learning process of others. They will learn how to effectively lead a classroom with self-paced or seminar-style learning. Under supervision, the Instructor-in-Training will practice these skills in a courseroom environment and then do an apprenticeship until all necessary skills are mastered.” Note the use of the pure Scientology religious doctrine evident in the above statement with the use of the phrase “run a courseroom standardly”. Scientology churches refer to their training rooms as “courserooms” and adhere to the belief that only Scientology can teach the religious practices of L. Ron Hubbard referred to as “standard tech” in a “standardly” fashion. Fundamentals of Instruction Course This course trains someone to be an Applied Scholastics Instructor who can run a courseroom standardly and produce graduates who know and can successfully apply the materials they have studied. This level of training also qualifies the graduate to produce additional Instructors. The Instructor will learn how to use teaching and instructing strategies as well as communication skills in managing the learning process of others. They will learn how to effectively lead a classroom with self-paced or seminar-style learning. Under supervision, the Instructor will practice these skills in a courseroom environment and then do an apprenticeship until all necessary skills are mastered. Note the complete lack of formal education as a prerequisite for the above Applied Scholastics certification course as well as ample evidence of more standard church doctrines being applied for creating Scientology “courserooms” for “self-paced style learning” rather than institutional classrooms where the child’s improvement is closely linked to the student-to-teacher ratio involving fully qualified educators. Editor’s note: The following material is adapted from Applied Scholastisc using H-1 B visas to import foreign "skilled" teachers with excerpts taken from www.h1bstats.com.
In 2007, Applied Scholastics imported three foreign "teachers" on H-1 B visas in California status as shown in the following illustration where they held SES approval.
If the methodologies being used by Applied Scholastics where in such high demand, you would think, “skilled labor” trainers would be readily available. But then again, at a prevailing wage of only $15.00, is it fair to expect Applied Scholastics SES tutors are anything more than glorified babysitters who sit a kid down and watch him read a book and use a dictionary in self-study exercises?
Applied Scholastics: A testimony from inside
Source material: alt.religion.scientology, June 15, 1995 http://home.snafu.de/tilman/mystory/applied.html Editor’s note: The following is a statement in a letter dated 6/95, from a person who wishes to remain anonymous who now lives in Florida. Reposted with permission and some have been changed to protect the original whistleblower. My experience with Scientology was mostly through one of their Applied Scholastics [private] 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.
The claim that the school was non-denominational was a bold-faced lie. Everything was Scientology. Knowledge reports were kept on students, Q & A upon admissions which were kept in files and used to smear students who "blew", stat charts, study courses and the communication course (which being under the Tax Exempt umbrella makes them "religious" courses), ethics policies, success stories, Friday graduation and wins sharing and applause, etc., etc. As for the sane environment, that was a joke. Everything always depended on the mood of the ED, who, while a "clear" was extremely reactive and moody. It was common when students would come in to timidly ask me "What mood is Joan in today?" If she lost control of the course room she would literally start stamping her feet and banging her fists on the tables and screaming till her face turned red. She would stick her face two inches away from a student's face and freak out on them. She really managed to have the students intimidated. Of course when she wasn't around they would imitate her and laugh about what a basket case she was. If anyone dropped a piece of clay from the clay table she would start screaming for knowledge reports and run around waving her arms screaming "who did this, who did this." But when she would talk with the parents, she would be Miss mellow smiles and calm, tender voice, and say how much she cared about their children and she was there to help them. Then whenever any of the students would try to tell their parents what was going on, the parents wouldn't believe them. One thing I decided while being there and seeing all of this, is I would rather believe my child in a lie than to disbelieve him in the truth. Of course, neither of these options is desirable. But I have seen the trust taken away between a parent and their child when the parent pooh-poohs the child coming to them with something upsetting them that is true. I learned my lesson, and I learned that I will not sit by and let lies and emotional abuse go on anymore without speaking up. Regarding Applied Scholastics promises and the "credible evidence”, it produces. They say that with the Learning Book and/or the Basic Study Manual (Learning How to Learn for younger children) that once the student takes the course all the problems they had in school with learning are "handled." They make a big deal about misunderstood words, which to a point is true. I do believe the dictionary should be used in public schools much more than it is now. But these kids had real learning problems. After the "study courses" they still had them, but in an environment where results can be manipulated, they seem to have been eliminated. Then comes the time when the person gets back in the real world without the "Scientology" support and control system, and they are no better off than before, and in some cases depending upon the alienation from the real world, they are worse off. Of course they say even learning disabilities are just MUs, and when the child looks up the word and understands it, everything is fine. I don't know if any of you were in any part of an org where you had to report to LA on the org's stats each Thursday, but if you were I'm sure you saw how stats can be "inflated" and manipulated. These are the same stats Applied Scholastics uses to advertise how wonderful they are. There are stats for student points that each student has to keep for each day. Also, there were different stats for courses completed by each of the students that week as well. You understand the different conditions Power, Affluence, Liability, etc., I hope. These are determined by the weekly graphing of your stats. The school I worked at manipulated these by inflating student points. They would take students off the courses they really needed to get a standard academic education, such as math, history, etc., which take a lot of work and time to get the course completions. Then they
would be put on some really educationally benign program of drawing a picture, calling each picture an art course, counting it as a completion, plus taking the points for it. If they were far behind the previous week’s completions and points, all of the students would draw several pictures, taking an art "completion" for each one and the points that go with it. Also, they would be given silly drills to do that they could complete rapidly and do them over and over and over and take 75 points each time the drill was done and that brought up the student points rapidly. That way going by how many points the students were completing each week made it seem like they were doing a lot of work, but the thing is - it was quantity work and NOT quality work. All of these many completions and student points looked really great on paper. My, how much work it appeared the students were doing. HA!! Of course, the work was useless as far as what really needed to be done for the students legitimate high school studies. So any proof of anything can be manipulated, and believe me it's not just the CoS that does this with all their programs. Of course, all of the students from this school have high GPAs when they transfer out of her school or "graduate." But what people don't realize is that the school doesn't give anybody a grade lower than a B. A or B is the lowest grades you can get, unless you transfer out without taking an exam on the course in question to test what you have really learned. In that case she will give you a C. I worked with the "examiner" and when the student takes the exam at the end of the course, the examiner goes over all the questions they missed with the student and will try to lead them to the correct answer. If they can get them to remember the proper answer the first time around, even if they originally missed several questions, they get an A. If they can't remember, they are given the questions they missed on the test on a pink sheet and told what part of the book to look over to get the answers, and then they retake the questions they missed. Then, if they still miss the questions, the process is repeated for those questions until the student finally memorizes the answers to all the questions they missed. Even if they missed 70% of the test the first time, then 40% of the questions the second time, then 20% the third, and finally get those right on the fourth try, they would still be given a B for that course. Now is that a dream come true for someone who wants a high GPA...to go to a school that you know the lowest grade you can make is a B! Now I know why colleges want the SAT tests to be taken before a student can enter their college and not just go by graduating GPAs alone. If they come from a private school such as the Applied Scholastics School I worked at, the students look good. But they didn't really learn, and the GPAs are not fair in comparison to people who went to schools where you didn't get the opportunity time after time after time to do the same questions over and over on the same test until you get it right and get a B. In most schools if you get a C, D or F on your exams the first time you get a C, D or F, period. Now I can't say if all Applied Scholastics schools all over the country work this same way. I do know that the ED (who was also the director and teacher for the "high school" level) at this school trained at Delphi in Oregon, and True School in Clearwater. Another thing about the high school I forgot to mention. The courses they did were not high school courses for the most part. The English courses they did were from workbooks for middle school, and even from a workbook for grades 5 and 6. She had several students doing courses in math from 7th and 8th grade workbooks. When they would transfer out, she would put down on their transcripts for English courses either English I, II or III on their transcript, give them credit for the course, and of course the A or B grade. THESE KIDS NEVER HAD ANY HIGH
SCHOOL ENGLISH! I even witnessed her give credit for courses that the students never even took! When they transferred back to public schools they had trouble keeping up, had to have extra tutoring, etc. Some of the kids couldn't even get their credits accepted, and were told they would have to start over again in the 9th grade. The few who did manage to have some of their credits accepted really had to work hard to catch up. The ED was a clear, and I must admit she was the most reactive person I've ever met (I guess she may have had her engrams removed but just had a very bad case of "Body Thetans"). She was also an experienced auditor. She would get the parents and/or student back alone in her office and would run processing on them and they didn't even know what was happening. They would come out and say to me, "I can't believe the things I told her about myself (or my family)." or, "Gee, I went in to talk about one thing, and she ended up making me talk about something else." Since I only worked at the one Scientology Applied Scholastics School, I can't say if my experience was typical or isolated. I can say that we regularly had L.A. telling us what to do, and that they were always checking up on us. When some representatives came from Clearwater to evaluate the school, their main concern was that there wasn't a picture or a bust of LRH in reception, and that there should have had more CoS materials on display. So now I ask you, does that say to you what their main priority was? From what I have seen, LRH Tech with its checks and balances works perfectly for church courses because that will be the environment most people stay in once they start up the "bridge." But when you apply this to the "secular" world where it's not for the mindless absorption of Scientology but must be used practically in other circumstances, it didn't really work. All the things these students learned, once they got back out into the real world - were not the promised panacea. The one thing that did make a difference was they did learn to use a dictionary and to make sure they understood the words in the courses they were studying. Yes, this is an excellent practice but you don't need the church or LRH to learn that. The use of dictionaries was in existence long before LRH was born and using dictionaries was a practice used before he ever had a brain to think it up. But who knows, maybe he was Daniel Webster in one of his many adventurous past lives. I still remember the school I worked at, the Scientologists were always taking about the "Wall of Fire" and different OT states and that the material you handle is so volatile that it can cause you to either go insane or commit suicide. Of course, if you get through it you are at a new state of "spiritual enlightenment." I know if something has that effect on a person it isn't because they are learning something cosmically revealing, but because they are opening and giving their mind to influences they shouldn't be. Here is what I find so nonsensical about the statement that Scientology is a "religion:" A religion supposedly deals with things dealing with the human spirit or soul, etc.; i.e. spiritual matters. If you look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hindi, etc., they teach the path of spiritual enlightenment freely. As a matter of fact, they strive to teach as many people as possible to go as far as they possibly can in their religion FREELY. Spiritual levels are attained by how much time and heart you put into seeking that knowledge, not by your ability to PAY. No other "religion" is on a "per pay" basis. Everything they have to offer on the road up the bridge is only attained through money or in a few circumstances by becoming a "slave' for the org and trading your life for it. All their
magazines and brochures always have to do with "buy" this and "buy" that. When you give something by insisting on payment, and the public cannot attain that "spiritual" enlightenment other than by payment [also known as "donation"], you are SELLING. When you sell, you are a business, and when you are as diversified as CoS is, you are a corporation. Scientology says it is a religion. If they copyright all their spiritual beliefs and make them available by payment [donation] only, then that is SELLING. An organization that makes profit by selling is a business or corporation, not a "religion." Maybe Texaco, IBM, Microsoft and AT&T should call themselves a "religion" also. Then, they won't have to pay taxes on their profits either. Scientology officials say they are for free speech, and that is the truth. They just left out the part about being for free speech for THEMSELVES, and not for OTHERS. Well, it's about time they learned that people aren't going to sit around and let that happen. Editor’s note: Although the above first hand account pertains to Applied Scholastics as a private school where scientologists send their children for faith-based schooling, these are the same instructors ASI considers “certified” to teach study tech in SES tutoring programs. Moreover, we respectfully ask that you consider whether these are the type of instructors, you want to expose our children to while they receive government-funded assistance?
Applied Scholastics SES Providers Currently Approved in 11 States
Areas of Concern: State Approved SES Providers
Original source: Studytech.Org as of September 23, 2009 Updated list: List of States Using Applied Scholastics as of April 2011 During the 2008-09 school year, Applied Scholastics (AS) was on the approved Supplemental Education Services (SES) list in 14 states. For the 2010-11 school year, AS is only approved in 11 states, and there is considerable questions about the numbers of students actually attending AS classes. Several states who have dropped Applied Scholastics from the SES lists have stated that lack of utilization was one of the main reasons. States that have dropped Applied Scholastics from 2008 through 2010 include California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Kansas. 1. District of Columbia [pdf]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) 2. Illinois [doc]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) 3. Indiana. Contact info is on the same page. (more contacts) 4. Iowa [pdf]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) 5. Louisiana [doc]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) 6. Massachusetts. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts)
7. Missouri [pdf]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) 8. New Mexico [xls]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) 9. Tennessee [pdf]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) 10. Texas [xls]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) 11. Washington State [pdf]. Contact info to file complaints here. (more contacts) Educators are either ignorant to the fact that Applied Scholastics effectively is Scientology, or they have been assured that the two have no connection. Keep the following in mind when complaining or when speaking to educators: The Church of Scientology International (CSI) declared that Applied Scholastics is part of its "social betterment program" in its Form 1023 statement to the IRS, which was part of the 1993 agreement granting Scientology tax exempt status. The Agreement refers to Applied Scholastics as one of a number of "Scientology-related entities." Applied Scholastics connection to Scientology is extensively documented on the studytech.org website with choice excerpts quoted below. Applied Scholastics exists for the purpose of covertly delivering Scientology to a broader section of society than would otherwise be receptive to it, including your school-age children.
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 provides 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 its 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. The federal government says “No Child Left Behind” but human rights activists, Scientology critics, and experts in the educational field all say “No Stone Left Unturned” when it comes to ensuring that the state-approved SES Providers are not providing secular tutoring services with hidden agenda for greater dissemination of religious indoctrination that often categorized as a destructive cult. To find out if Applied Scholastics is receiving funding as an approved SES provider in your areas and infiltrating your public education system with Scientology indoctrination, you need to check your State’s list of approved providers. The closing section of this information packet provides individual SES contact information by state as 2009-10, along with a link to applicable lists by state where readily available.
Ongoing investigations into Applied Scholastics tutoring programs
The following insights are according to informed educators who proactively oppose the use of Applied Scholastics SES providers in their states as of March 2011. RE: Applied Scholastics receiving federal education Supplemental Educational Services monies. At least two state departments of education are now investigating the Applied Scholastics tutoring programs that are part of the state and federally-funded Supplemental Educational Services (SES) program. What the investigators need are first person accounts of families who enrolled their children in the Applied Scholastics SES after-school programs and were dissatisfied and how and why did they pull out. I have explained to the investigators that when families contact any of us concerned with the Applied Scholastics tutoring program in the public education SES program, we generally advise them to NOT file a formal complaint but rather pull out and get another SES service provider. (This was certainly excellent and prudent advice when G.W. Bush was in office..... he had appointed Scientologist John Danielson as Chief of Staff to Secretary of Education Rod Paige from 2001-2005, although this was not public knowledge until Nov. 2007. Those of us
expressing concern about Scientology programs in public education who were within the public teaching and/or academic profession at the time would receive phone calls, e-mails and letters from unknown people questioning what we were doing. We did not want families under similar pressure.) IF you have direct knowledge about a family being dis-satisfied with Applied Scholastics in the Supplemental Educational Services program and the family wants to talk to a department of education investigator, please contact your state department of education and ask if there is an investigation. If so, have a cogent statement available from the family. If there has not yet been an investigation begun, your phone call might trigger one. [Source]
How Can We Keep Scientology Indoctrination Out of Our Schools?
Implications at the Federal & State Levels
Title 1 of the “No Child Left Behind” Act of 2001 (NCLB) allocates funds and grant monies to (hopefully) help improve education (read- test scores) through tutoring services in US schools that have been identified as the lowest achieving. Anyone can apply to receive these funds. Students in these districts are provided after-school tutoring at no cost to the students' families. NCLB requires that all students must demonstrate high levels of achievement in reading and math by 2014. The government has identified, through the NCLB act, is to help enhance learning for students who attend Title 1 (underachieving) schools by providing Supplemental Educational Services (SES) for them. Think, "Tutoring" - these vendors do not come into the classroom. They are not district employees. In order to be considered an approved SES vendor for the district or state, they have had to apply and show evidence-based justification for why they should be allowed to be an SES. This is what to focus on. There is no research that shows that AS is anything more than clay, dictionaries, and smoke/mirrors. Title 1 is a FEDERAL PROGRAM, so it is operated by the Title 1 office within the US Department of Education. THAT is who needs to be educated, as they provide the guidance, rules, and the MONIES to the states to pay the cult's invoices for services rendered. The states have leeway into setting their own SES application process, but ultimately the DOE is the central authority in all of this. If you REALLY want to be effective with keeping Scientology Indoctrination via Applied Scholastics out of our schools systems, you need to state your case to the US Department of Education - and someone needs to meet with the Title 1 department within the DOE in person. Anonymous activists have attempted to pursue this at a local (school district) and state (state departments of education) with little to no success because the Title 1 governing body is the federal government. Another option is to prepare a package specifically about Church of Scientology and education, and send it to each state Department of Education Title 1 offices AND the US Dept of Education,
simultaneously. Perhaps get the media involved when Applied Scholastics funding is identified in your area. The material herein was provided with this type of effort in mind, and a list of contact information is included on the following pages for the applicable federal agency along with all the state departments of education along with their respective Superintendents or Commissioners.
FAQ: What You Can Do To Help
The following tactics and advice have either been successfully used in the past; or often suggested as possible actions for countering the ability of Applied Scholastics to usher Scientology indoctrination practices into our public school system as an SES Provider. A) What are some general pointers for monitoring my state’s Supplemental Education Services program?
Refer to the DOE & SES Contact Information section below 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 included on the list of currently approved SES Providers? Does Applied Scholastics have any fictitious business name registrations in your state that is included on the list of currently approved SES Providers? (Use the Registered Business Name Search links in the contact info directory) Are their any tutors or institutions that are listed for your state on the AppliedScholastics.org Global Locator index that appears 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)?
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Does the program have standardized requirements for requiring scientifically based research (e.g. Idaho) for approving alternative tutoring models? Does the program mandate the necessary 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 policies that are more stringent.
B) Applied Scholastics has been approved as a SES Provider in my state and is receiving government funding for their tutoring programs. Now what do I do?
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.
A great opening for initial contact with state officials is to inquire if an active investigation of Applied Scholastics is underway, and if not – ask if concerned citizens can lodge a complaint based on Applied Scholastics loosing their SES approval in other states (California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Kansas) for failing to provide proven results. 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. Encourage state and school district officials to verify the educational background of the Applied Scholastics tutors working in their schools. Scientologists have notorious disdain for formal education, and telling “acceptable truths” (lies) is a basic premise of their religious beliefs AND training. Thus, the nondescript tutor background and related credentials listed on SES applications should be deemed highly suspect since the partial college education requirements alone should disqualify most ASI tutors.
Identify the applicable school districts that are eligible for Title I assistance, and confirm which schools have signed a contract with Applied Scholastics for Supplemental Education Services. 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. Contact regional teacher unions and association, and try to enlist educators to raise additional concerns via local media outlets. Urge participating families to file the appropriate complaint form if any problems arise rather than just withdrawing a struggling student from one program and reenrolling them with a different vendor. Write PSA style letters to the editor and other announcements, and then submit to local newspapers and other community publications to help get the word out to other parents and citizens. For supporting materials to aid in letter writing campaigns, check out the Applied Scholastics Exposed online collection of documentation.
C) Applied Scholastics was previously approved, or was never on the approved, as a SES Provider in my state. How can I ensure it stays that way?
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 the following points for previously infiltrated states;
Determine if your state enforces a mandated period required before the Provider can file a new application after being removed from the SES list. Many states, but not all, require a 2-year period before a rejected SES Provider can submit for an application for re-approval. Compare how your state regulations measure up to other states, look for potential weaknesses in how SES Providers are managed and consider writing your state’s SES contacts urging more stringent policies and reporting practices.
Monitor your state’s SES website as listed in the DOE & SES Contact Information section below on a regular basis as follows;
In the fall for the release of the latest SES Provider list for the upcoming school year, to check if Applied Scholastics has been approved or re-approved. Also, check to see if Applied Scholastics have any fictitious business name registrations in your state that is included on the list of currently approved SES Providers. (Use the Registered Business Name Search links in the contact info directory) At the beginning of each year and again in the spring for relevant policy changes that may affect the application process, as well as SES Provider list
updates for states that allow rejected applications to be resubmitted for approval.
Identify the local school districts that are eligible for receiving SES assistance and try to confirm which ones have specifically signed a contract with Applied Scholastics. Then target local parents in that district via Parent Teacher Associations, community centers, news outlets, free press, etc.
Parents have a choice in which SES Provider is used for their child’s tutoring needs. Broader public awareness that Applied Scholastics is questionable front group for the Church of Scientology can ensure a lack of utilization.
Check the federal government agencies listed in the following directory and determine if any of your state’s Senators and Representative hold a seat on the applicable committees that will draft the NCLB overhaul legislation, and if so please consider writing them with your concerns regarding Applied Scholastics being approved as secular SES Providers under the current regulations.
DOE & SES Contact Information
Note: Some states have not allowed Applied Scholastics to infiltrate their NCLB Title 1 pocketbook because either that state had more aggressive SES approval criteria, or they had someone knowledgeable reviewing the applications. Be advised that any Jane or John Doe can get a business license and apply to be an SES provider, so the states have been inundated with applications. Once Applied Scholastics is approved as a SES, the appropriate course of action to rectifying the situation is to bring it to the attention of the State Superintendent, or Commissioner/ Secretary of Education depending on how your state’s education system is managed. It also cannot hurt to address your concerns with the State Board of Education, as well as raising awareness of the situation with the local school districts who unknowingly contract Applied Scholastics as a government-funded tutoring aid under the assumption that state’s approval is the only verification step needed. The following list of contact information for both federal and state agencies should be a useful a starting point for launching letter writing campaigns, monitoring if an Applied Scholastics based provider is approved in your state, and determining who to contact when Applied Scholastics has managed to get itself listed an approved SES provider in your area.
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. FEDERAL ADMINISTRATION U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) Regional Offices U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 401-3000 US House Committee on Education and Labor 2181 Rayburn House Office Bldg Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-3725 Chaired by Representative John Kline (R-Minnesota 2nd district) http://kline.house.gov/ Representative George Miller (DCalifornia 7th district) Ranking Member http://georgemiller.house.gov/ Members, Subcommittees & Jurisdictions Relevant Target: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension 428 Senate Dirksen Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Full Committee Index Chaired by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa 5th district) http://harkin.senate.gov/ Senator Michael B. Enzi (RWyoming ) Ranking Member http://enzi.senate.gov/public/ Relevant Target: Subcommittee on Children and Families STATE ADMINISTRATION ALABAMA Department of Education 50 North Ripley Street P.O. Box 302101 Montgomery, Alabama 36104 (334) 242-9700 http://www.alsde.edu/ State Superintendent of Education Joseph B. Morton Secretary and Executive Officer 5114 Gordon Persons Bldg. Montgomery, AL 36130 email@example.com (334) 242-9700 SES Contact: Cyndi Townley firstname.lastname@example.org (334) 242-8199 State SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search ALASKA Department of Education & Early Development 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200 P.O. Box 110500 Juneau, AK 99811-0500 (907) 465-2800 http://www.eed.state.ak.us/ Commissioner of the Department of Education & Early Development Mike Hanley email@example.com SES Contact: Sheila Box SES/Choice Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org (907) 465-8743 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search ARIZONA Arizona Department of Education 1535 West Jefferson Street Phoenix, Arizona 85007 602-542-5393 1-800-352-4558 http://www.ade.state.az.us/ Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal SES Contact: Madeline Coccagna email@example.com (602) 542-5268 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search ARKANSAS Department of Education Four Capitol Mall Little Rock, AR 72201 501-682-4475 http://arkansased.org Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell Room 304-A 501-682-4204 SES Contact: Polly A. Davis firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 683-5427 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search CALIFORNIA Department of Education 1430 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916-319-0800 http://www.cde.ca.gov/ State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson SES Contact: School Support and Title I Basic Office 916-319-0854
State SES Website ASI Vendor Profile ASI Removed from the approved SES Providers List 2010-11 Registered Business Name Search COLORADO Colorado Department of Education
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. 201 East Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80203 Phone: 303-866-6600 http://www.cde.state.co.us Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond 303.866.6646 email@example.com SES Contact: Nazanin MohajeriNelson (“Nazie”) Mohajerifirstname.lastname@example.org 303-866-6205 State SES Website ASI Removed from the approved SES Providers List 2010-11 Registered Business Name Search CONNECTICUT Department of Education 165 Capitol Avenue Hartford CT 06106 (860)713-6543 http://www.sde.ct.gov/ Acting Commissioner of Education George A. Coleman email@example.com SES Contact: Yemi Onibokun Program Manager, SES Bureau of Teaching and Learning
Education Associate, Title I and School Improvement firstname.lastname@example.org (302) 857.3387 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA State Board of Education 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 723 North Washington, DC 20001 (202) 741-0888 http://osse.dc.gov Interim State Superintendent of Education Beth Colleye Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) 810 First Street, NE, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20002 (202) 727-6436 SES Contact: Curtis Johnson, Office of Federal Programs, OSSE 51 N Street NE, 3rd Floor 3015M Washington DC, 20002 Nclb.email@example.com (202) 442-5149 DCPS SES Website OSSE SES Website ASI Vendor Profile [pg15] 2010-11 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search
Bureau of Student Assistance LaTrell.Edwards@fldoe.org (850) 245-9939 State SES Website ASI Removed from the approved SES Providers List 2009-10 Registered Business Name Search GEORGIA State Board of Education 2053 Twin Towers East 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE Atlanta, GA 30334 (404) 657-7410 (404) 657-6978 http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/ State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John D. Barge firstname.lastname@example.org s (404) 656-2800 (404) 651-8737 SES Contacts: State SES Website Margo DeLaune Director, Title I Programs 1854 Twin Towers East 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE email@example.com (404) 656-4028 Program Manager TitleI@doe.k12.ga.us (404) 463-5815 ASI Removed from the approved SES Providers List 2009-10 Registered Business Name Search HAWAII Hawaii Department of Education P.O. Box 2360 Honolulu, HI 96804 (808) 586-3230, 586-3232 http://doe.k12.hi.us/ Superintendent State Department of Education
(860) 713-6787 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search DELAWARE Delaware Department of Education John G. Townsend Building 401 Federal Street Dover, Delaware 19901 (302) 735-4000 http://www.doe.k12.de.us/ Executive Secretary of Education Dr. Lillian Lowery (302) 735-4000 firstname.lastname@example.org SES Contact: Kimberly Wells,
FLORIDA Department of Education Office of the Commissioner Turlington Building, Suite 1514 325 West Gaines Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399 (850) 245-0505 http://www.fldoe.org Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith Commissioner@fldoe.org SES Contact: LaTrell Edwards Bureau Chief
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. Ms. Kathryn Matayoshi (808) 586-3587 SES Contact: Daniel Williams Special Programs Management Educational Specialist Title I 595 Pepeekeo St., Bldg. H-1 Honolulu, HI 96825 email@example.com (808) 394-1382 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search 2010-11 SES Providers List IDAHO Department of Education 650 West State Street Boise, ID 83720-0037 (800) 432-4601 (208) 332-6800 http://www.sde.idaho.gov/ Superintendent Tom Luna firstname.lastname@example.org SES Contacts: State SES Website Marcia Beckman Director of NCLB email@example.com (208) 332-6953 Lisa Paul Administrative Assistant (208) 332-6906 firstname.lastname@example.org Registered Business Name Search ILLINOIS Department of Education 100 N. 1st Street Springfield, IL 62777 (866) 262-6663 (217) 782-4321 http://www.isbe.net/ State Superintendent of Education Dr. Christopher A. Koch (217) 782-2221 SES Contacts: State SES Website 2010-2011 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search Registered Business Name Search INDIANA Department of Education 151 West Ohio Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 232-6610 http://www.doe.in.gov/ Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett email@example.com (317) 232-6665 SES Contacts: Office of Title I Indiana Department of Education (317) 232-0540 State SES Website ASI Vendor Profile Lee Ann Kwiatkowski Director, Differentiated Learning Indiana Department of Education firstname.lastname@example.org (317) 232-0540 Sholonda Trice SES Specialist, Title I email@example.com (317) 232-0547 2010-11 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search IOWA Department of Education KANSAS Kansas State Department of Education 120 SE 10th Avenue Topeka, KS 66612-1182 (785) 296-3201 http://www.ksde.org/ Interim Commissioner of Education Dr. Diane DeBacker firstname.lastname@example.org (785) 296-3202 SES Contacts: State SES Website SES Vendor Profile Judi Miller Assistant Director, State and Federal Programs email@example.com (785) 296-5081 LaNetra Guess Education Program Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org (785) 296-8965 ASI Removed the approved SES Providers List 2010-11 Registered Business Name Search KENTUCKY Kentucky Department of Education Gary Greene, SES Staff Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 100 W. Randolph St, 14-300 Chicago, IL 60601 email@example.com (312) 814-3989 Evelyn Deimel, SES Staff ISBE - Grants and Programs Division firstname.lastname@example.org (217) 524-4832 400 E 14th St Des Moines, IA 50319-0146 (515) 281-5294 http://www.iowa.gov/educate/ Director of the DOE Jason Glass (515) 281-3436 SES Contact: Paul Cahill Title I Administrative Consultant email@example.com (515) 281-3944 State SES Website
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. 500 Mero Street Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 564-4770 http://www.education.ky.gov Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, Ph.D. (502) 564-3141 SES Contact: Claude Christian Division of Federal Programs & Instructional Equity firstname.lastname@example.org (502) 564-3791 Dawn Offutt, Judy Littleton Kentucky Supplemental Education Services KentuckySES@education.ky.gov State SES Website Registered Business Name Search LOUISIANA Department of Education 1201 North Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5243 P.O Box 94064 Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064 (877) 453-2721 http://www.doe.state.la.us State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek email@example.com SES Contact: Kartina Roberts Section Administrator School Support Programs Division of Student Learning and Support Kartina.Roberts@la.gov (225) 342-5992 (225) 342-3488 1-877-453-2721 State SES Website 2010-11 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search MAINE Department of Education 23 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0023 (207) 624-6600 http://www.maine.gov/education/ Commissioner of Education Stephen Bowen firstname.lastname@example.org SES Contact: George Tucker School Improvement Team email@example.com (207) 624-6720 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search MARYLAND State Department of Education 200 West Baltimore Street • Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595 • (410) 767-0100 www.marylandpublicschools.org State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick (410) 767-0462 SES Contact: Dr. Mary M. Cross SES Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org (410) 767-0281 2010-11 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search MICHIGAN Department of Education 608 W. Allegan Street P.O. Box 30008 Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 373-3324 http://www.michigan.gov/mde Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike P. Flanagan (517) 373-1465 SES Contacts: Greg Olszta, SES Consultant Kristen Neal, Program Support School Improvement: Field Services Unit MDE-SES@michigan.gov 517-335-4733 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search MINNESOTA Department of Education 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113-4266 (651) 582-8200 http://education.state.mn.us Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Ed. D. 651-582-8200 email@example.com SES Contact: Sarah K. Smith School Choice Programs and Services firstname.lastname@example.org (651) 582-8629 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search MISSISSIPPI Department of Education 359 North West Street PO Box 771 Jackson, MS 39205-0771
State SES Website Registered Business Name Search MASSACHUSETTS Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-4906 (781)338-3000 http://www.doe.mass.edu/ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester Ed. D. (781) 338-3111 SES Contact: John Desses, SES State Program Coordinator email@example.com (781) 338-6276 State SES Website ASI Vendor Profile
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. (601) 359-3513 http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/ State Superintendent of Public Education Dr. Tom Burnham 359 North West Street, Suite 309 Jackson, MS 39205 (601) 359-1750 SES Contact: Ken Stamps, SES Coordinator, DOE Office of Innovative Support firstname.lastname@example.org (601) 359-3499 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search MISSOURI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 205 Jefferson Street PO Box 480 Jefferson City, MO 65102 (573) 751-4212 http://dese.mo.gov/ Commissioner of Education Dr. Chris L. Nicastro 573-751-4212 email@example.com SES Contact: David Welch Director Supplemental Education Services & Public School Choice firstname.lastname@example.org 573-751-7754 State SES Website 2010-11 SES Providers List 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. Registered Business Name Search MONTANA Montana Office of Public Instruction PO Box 202501 Helena, MT 59620-2501 59620-2501 (888) 231.9393 (406) 444.3095 http://opi.mt.gov/ State Superintendent Denise Juneau OPISupt@mt.gov SES Contact: Jack O'Connor School Support System Specialist email@example.com (406) 444-3083 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search Registered Business Name Search NEBRASKA Department of Education 301 Centennial Mall South PO Box 94987 Lincoln, NE 68509 (402) 471-2295 http://www.education.ne.gov/ Commissioner of Education Dr. Roger Breed (402) 471-5020 firstname.lastname@example.org SES Contacts: State SES Website Randy McIntyre Title I Consultant email@example.com (402) 471-1749 Diane Stuehmer Title I Director firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 471-1740 Registered Business Name Search NEVADA Department of Education 700 East Fifth Street, Suite 113 Carson City, NV 89701 (775) 687-9200 http://www.doe.nv.gov/ State Superintendent NEW HAMPSHIRE Department of Education 101 Pleasant Street Concord, NH 03301 (603) 271-3494 http://www.education.nh.gov/ Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry email@example.com (603) 271-3144 SES Contacts: State SES Website Deb Krajcik Education Consultant I firstname.lastname@example.org (603) 271-3301 Kristine Braman Program Assistant email@example.com (603) 271-6055 Registered Business Name Search NEW JERSEY Department of Education PO Box 500 Trenton, NJ 08625-0500 (609)292-4469 http://www.state.nj.us/education/ Acting Commissioner of Education Keith W. Rheault firstname.lastname@example.org (775) 687-9217 SES Contacts: State SES Website Ms. Marcia Calloway, Assistant Director Elementary and Secondary Education email@example.com 775-687-9161 Fawn D. Lewis, Education Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org 775-687-9214
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. Chris Cerf (609) 292-4450 SES Contacts: State SES Website Dr. Wendi Webster-O’Dell Coordinator of Education Leadership email@example.com (609) 943-4283 Ms. Peggy Gills Porche Education Program Development Specialist (609) 943-4283 Registered Business Name Search NEW MEXICO Public Department of Education Jerry Apodaca Education Building 300 Don Gaspar Santa Fe, NM 87501 (505) 827-5800 http://www.ped.state.nm.us/ Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera (505) 827-6688 SES Contact: Art Martinez Ed. Adm., Title I Bureau CCNM Workforce Training Center 5600 Eagle Rock Road, Room 201 Albuquerque, NM 87113 firstname.lastname@example.org (505) 222-4744 State SES Website 2010-11 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search NEW YORK State Education Department 89 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12234 (518) 474-3852 http://www.nysed.gov/ Commissioner of Education Dr. David M. Steiner SES Contacts: State SES Website Laurie Matzke Director Supplemental Services and School Choice email@example.com (701) 328-2284 Lauri Nord SES Contact: Roberto Reyes, Director Title I School and Community Services firstname.lastname@example.org (518) 473-0295 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search NORTH CAROLINA Department of Public Instruction 301 N. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 807.3300 http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ State Superintendent June St. Clair Atkinson 6301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-6301 (919) 807.3430 SES Contact: Donna Brown, Section Chief, Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division dbrown@dpi.State.nc.us (919) 807-3959 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search Registered Business Name Search NORTH DAKOTA Department of Public Instruction 600 E. Boulevard Ave, Dept. 201 Bismarck, ND 58505-0440 (701) 328-2260 http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/ State Superintendent Dr. Wayne G. Sanstead email@example.com (701) 328-4570 OKLAHOMA Department of Education 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599 (405) 521-3301 http://sde.state.ok.us/ Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi Janet_Barresi@sde.state.ok.us (405) 521-3301 SES Contact: Gary Hurst firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 521-2846 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search OREGON Department of Education Administrative Assistant Supplemental Services and School Choice email@example.com (701) 328-2282 Registered Business Name Search OHIO Department of Education 25 S. Front Street, MS 404 Columbus, OH 43215 (877) 644-6338 (614) 995-1545 http://www.ode.state.oh.us/ Superintendent of Public Instruction Deborah S. Delisle SES Contact: PSC_SES@ode.state.oh.us Stephanie Gerber Director, Center for School Improvement Office of Federal Programs firstname.lastname@example.org (614) 466-4161 State SES Website
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. 255 Capitol St NE Salem, OR 97310-0203 (503) 947-5600 http://www.ode.state.or.us/ Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo Susan.Castillo@ode.state.or.us (503) 947-5740 SES Contacts: State SES Website Michael Hillman, School Improvement & Accountability Ed. Specialist, Title I-A Mike.Hillman@state.or.us (503) 947-5809 Julie Totman, School Improvement & Accountability - Office Specialist Julie.Totman@state.or.us (503) 947-5877 Registered Business Name Search PENNSYLVANIA Department of Education 333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126 (717) 783-6788 http://www.education.state.pa.us/ Acting Secretary of Education Thomas E. Gluck (717) 787-5820 SES Contact: Karl Streckewald, Division of Federal Programs email@example.com (717) 783-3381 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search RHODE ISLAND Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 255 Westminster Street · Providence, RI 02903 (401) 222-4600 http://www.ride.ri.gov/ Deborah A. Gist, Commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org (401) 222-8706 SES Contact: Colleen Hedden email@example.com (401) 222-8939 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search SOUTH CAROLINA Department of Education 1429 Senate Street Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 734-8500 http://ed.sc.gov/ State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais Suite 1006 (803) 734-8492 email Superintendent SES Contact: Basil Harris firstname.lastname@example.org (803) 734-8373 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search SOUTH DAKOTA Department of Education 700 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 773-3134 http://doe.sd.gov Department of Education Secretary Dr. Melody Schopp DOE Online Contact Form (605) 773-3134 SES Contact: Betsy Chapman email@example.com (605) 773- 6400 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search TENNESSEE Department of Education Andrew Johnson Tower, 6th Floor 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN 37243 Rita Fentress, Title IA School Improvement & School Choice Director Rita.Fentress@tn.gov (615) 253-5206 Eve Carney, Associate Director, School Improvement & Discretionary Grants Eve.Carney@tn.gov 615-532-1245 Jackie Kinchen, SES/School Improvement Consultant Jackie.Kinchen@tn.gov 615-741-1520 School District SES Contacts 2010-11 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search TEXAS Texas Education Agency William B. Travis Building 1701 N. Congress Avenue Austin, Texas, 78701 (512) 463-9734 http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ Commissioner of Education Robert Scott firstname.lastname@example.org (512) 463-8985 email@example.com SES Contacts: State SES Website SIRC SES Website Anita Villarreal, TEA Director firstname.lastname@example.org (512) 936-9374 (615) 741-2731 www.tennessee.gov/education/ Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman (615) 741-2731 SES Contacts: State SES Website
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. Gwen Davis, SES Education Specialist (SIRC) email@example.com (512) 919-5211 Leticia Govea, SES Education Specialist (SIRC) firstname.lastname@example.org (512) 919-5169 2010-11 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search UTAH State Office of Education 250 East 500 South PO Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200 (801) 538 7500 http://schools.utah.gov/main/ Superintendent Dr. Larry K. Shumway SES Contact: Ann White email@example.com (801) 538-7827 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search VERMONT Department of Education 120 State Street Montpelier, VT 05620-2501 http://education.vermont.gov Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca firstname.lastname@example.org (802) 828-3135 SES Contact: Karin Edwards, Director PreK-8 Integrated Support for Learning email@example.com (802) 828-5118 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search VIRGINIA Department of Education Veronica Tate, Director Office of Program Administration and Accountability Veronica.Tate@doe.virginia.gov (804) 225-2904 SES Contact: Ann Sheehan, Title I Specialist Office of Program Administration and Accountability Ann.Sheehan@doe.virginia.gov (804) 371-2932 State SES Wensite Registered Business Name Search WASHINGTON State Board of Education Capitol Building, Room 253 P.O. Box 47206 Olympia, Washington 98504 (360) 725-6025 http://www.sbe.wa.gov/ Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Old Capitol Building P.O. Box 47200 Olympia, WA 98504-7200 (360) 725-6000 http://www.k12.wa.us/ State Superintendent Randy Dorn Randy.Dorn@k12.wa.us (360) 725-6004 SES Contact: Dr. Reginald Reid, Title I, Part A/LAP office firstname.lastname@example.org. (360) 725-6168 State SES Website James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219 P.O. Box 2120 Richmond, VA 23218 (800) 292-3820 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/ Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Patricia I. Wright Patricia.Wright@doe.virginia.gov (804) 225-2023 2010-11 SES Providers List Registered Business Name Search WEST VIRGINIA Department of Education 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305 http://wvde.state.wv.us/ Superintendent of Schools Jorea M. Marple, Ed. D. email@example.com (304) 558-2681 SES Contact: Karen Davies Title I School Improvement Coordinator Kdavies@access.k12.wv.us (304) 558-7805 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search WISCONSIN Department of Public Instruction 125 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841 Madison, WI 53707-7841 (800) 441-4563 http://dpi.wi.gov/ State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Evers, PhD SES Contacts: State SES Website Naomi Gray firstname.lastname@example.org (608) 266-4499 Rachael Bergstrom email@example.com (608) 266-2813 Registered Business Name Search WYOMING Department of Education 2300 Capitol Avenue Hathaway Building, 1st Floor Cheyenne, WY 82002 (307) 777-7690
States Listed in Bold Red Text indicates locations where Applied Scholastics has been confirmed on the official SES Providers list for providing tutoring services to Title I school districts as of May 2010. http://www.k12.wy.us/ State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill CHill@educ.state.wy.us (307) 777-7675 Christine Steele, Division Director Federal Programs firstname.lastname@example.org (307) 777-5792 SES Contact: Randall Butt, Title I/GMS Project Coordinator Federal Programs Unit email@example.com (307) 777-8739 State SES Website Registered Business Name Search US TERRITORIES AMERICAN SAMOA Department of Education PO Box DOE Pago Pago, AS 96799 (684) 633-5237 http://www.doe.as/ Director of Education Dr. Tuvaelagi Claire Poumele PUERTO RICO Department of Education PO Box 190759 San Juan, PR 00919-0759 (787) 759-2000 http://de.gobierno.pr/ Secretary of Education Odette Piñeiro Knight, Ph.D. SES Contact: Zoraida Mercado Silva Mercado_Z@de.gobierno.pr 787-773-2069 DOE SES Website Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Department of Education Charlotte Amalie 1834 Kongens Gade St. Thomas, VI 00801 (340) 774-0100 http://www.doe.vi/ Commissioner of Education Dr. LaVerne Terry (340) 774-0100 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES List of States Using Applied Scholastics Applied Scholastics Exposed Info Pack StudyTech.org
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