Tutoring Service Approved By DC Public Schools Has Ties To Church of Scientology

WASHINGTON – Federal law says that failing public schools have to provide free tutoring service to students. It is called Supplemental Educational Services (SES).

Concerned parents contacted FOX 5 about one of the groups approved for tutoring by D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) – a group that has connections to the founder of the Church of Scientology.

Consumer Alert: Scientology vs. Education
Applied Scholastics claims that it is wholly independent of the Church of Scientology. Its chief executive officer Bennetta Slaughter says that “they are separate organizations … We are strictly an educational organization. We are not part of the church.” (St Louis Post-Despatch, July 27, 2003). Taken literally, this is true. Applied Scholastics is indeed a legally separate corporation. However, it has so many ties to the Church of Scientology and its corporate alter ego, the Church of Spiritual Technology, that it cannot be regarded as being anything other than a Scientology subsidiary.”
Scientology vs. Education

Applied Scholastics International is one of 29 tutoring services listed in the Title I Supplemental Educational Services Guide.

Parents of students in failing D.C. public schools can choose which provider they would prefer for their children.

The list makes no mention of the group’s controversial ties. But Applied Scholastics’ website does not try to hide its connections.

ASI uses a method called Study Technology, “an exact system which teaches one how to learn” that was “researched and developed by L. Ron Hubbard.” Hubbard is the founder of the Church of Scientology.

Answering the question “What does Applied Scholastics do?” the site says, “The job of Applied Scholastics is to place the Study Technology developed by €¦ L. Ron Hubbard into the hands of the world’s students and educators.”

– Source / Full Story: Tutoring Service Approved By DC Public Schools Has Ties To Church of Scientology, Melanie Anlnwikc, MyFoxDX, July 7, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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