Public charter school’s link to Scientology raises questions

A public charter school in Clearwater, Fla. is being accused of using methods of Scientology in educating students, the Huffington Post reports.An in-depth report by the Tampa Bay Times examines the various aspects of the Life Force Arts and Technology Academy that are reportedly heavily influenced by Scientology, including school field trips, teacher training tactics and “study technology,” an educational system designed by Scientology’s late founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Life Force opened in 2007, but was struggling financially by 2009 despite receiving an annual $800,000 in public funds. That’s when Hana Islam of California’s World Literacy Crusade stepped in with one of her businesses, the Art of management, to “save the school” with “no intentions of taking over,” the Times reports. Efforts by the Pinellas County School District to close the school have been thwarted because the school is under bankruptcy protection…

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