|Boston Herald: Scientology school gets close study|
|The Education Angle|
Source: Boston Herald
16 April 2008
A Boston city councilor is raising concerns about a pilot school’s proposed curriculum and its ties to an arm of Scientology, while a prestigious Hub charitable foundation is taking a second look at its grant to help launch the controversial school.
“We’re reviewing the grant proposal in light of new materials,” Boston Foundation spokesman David Trueblood said of the organization’s $20,000 gift to the proposed “Cornerstone for Success Academy.”
The Herald reported yesterday that the proposed taxpayer-funded high school would base its curriculum on a model created by Applied Scholastics International - the educational arm of the Church of Scientology. Applied Scholastics officials, however, say the program is not religious and is run separately from the church.
The grant will be used as seed money by a group of Hub teachers pushing for the new pilot school, which needs approval of Boston school and union officials. Trueblood said the Boston Foundation did “no evaluation” and didn’t know of the Scientology link - despite references to Applied Scholastics in the group’s application.
Scientology is a federally recognized religion but has been widely
criticized as a destructive, mind-controlling cult. A national
anti-Scientology campaign was recently launched by Anonymous, a group
of computer hackers and protesters who have blasted the church’s
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