An article in the Arizona Daily Star from 2010 discusses the visa fraud scheme being carried out by Tucson’s Sonoran Science Academy and its sister schools around the state, all affiliated with the Gülen Movement:
The five Sonoran Science Academy charter schools and their parent company, Daisy Education Corp., received U.S. Labor Department certification to fill 39 teaching and administrative jobs with foreigners last year, federal data show. From 2002 through 2009, the schools have received certifications for 120 H-1B visas.
That’s more certifications than any comparable school in Arizona received in that eight-year period – and more than the six biggest school districts in Southern Arizona combined.
“I don’t understand why we’re not hiring teachers from our areas here. I’m sure our teachers are just as qualified,” said Sonoran Science parent Julie Festerling, who works as a substitute teacher at other schools.
Some experts point to a different possible explanation: that Sonoran Science Academy is part of a loose global network of Turkish-run schools – 100 or more in the United States – inspired by Fethullah Gülen, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania. Worldwide, “Gülen schools” tend to hire teachers from Turkey and the broader “Turkic” world, including Central Asia