TEA rejects Turkey’s complaint about Harmony Public Schools

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Education Agency has reviewed and rejected a complaint from Turkey alleging a charter school system engaged in employment discrimination and misused public funds.

Harmony Public Schools has denied the Turkish government’s claims that the system has ties to a moderate Islamic cleric accused of inspiring a July military coup attempt.

The Texas Education Agency says its review of Houston-based Harmony determined that the complaint, filed in May, was unfounded and does not warrant further investigation.

Harmony has more than 30,000 students at 48 campuses.

Attorneys for the Turkish government were notified Friday of the Texas agency’s decision. They say other state agencies and public officials will now be asked to scrutinize Harmony.

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