AUSTIN, Texas (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.
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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.