What is really going on at the Fantasia Charter Schools?

“I’m a school principal and I’ve worked in urban education for the last 10 years.
– Freeholder Candidate Dawn Fantasia


The Record of NJ has been investigating Dawn Fantasia’s company, iLearn, for fraud and ties to Islamic Cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Investigation: Charter school leaders,

founders linked to controversial Turkish cleric

“A group of charter schools that arose from North Jersey’s Turkish community is rapidly growing in the state, with seven schools collecting more than $60 million in taxpayer money last year alone to fund their growth.

Now, an investigation by The Record and NorthJersey.com shows that some founders and leaders of the schools have close ties to the movement of Fethullah Gulen, the controversial Islamic cleric accused of working to overthrow the government in his native Turkey last summer.

Gulen is fighting extradition demands as he lives in a secluded compound in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, about 10 miles from the New Jersey border.

The 75-year-old Gulen, in his writings and public comments, espouses a modern Islamic society that embraces education, interfaith dialogue and tolerance. Sympathy for the movement is strong among key figures who pioneered the North Jersey charter schools.

Some belong to Turkish émigré groups that tout the cleric’s teachings. There are also political donors who collectively have furnished hundreds of thousands in donations to U.S. office holders while the North Jersey charter schools in general have been adept at wooing state and local government officials with trips to Turkey and, in some cases, jobs.

Records show the charter schools in North Jersey also have been a channel for state taxpayer money to private entities that serve the schools as landlords or vendors — in one case, a Wayne boarding school that is openly Gulen inspired.”

Investigation: Charter school leaders, founders linked to controversial Turkish cleric

“You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the centers of power. You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey.”

– Islamic Cleric Fethullah Gulen

Dawn Fantasia claims to be just a “principal”  involved in “Urban Education” but the truth behind who Ms. Fantasia really is and what she does is way more complex.

The truth is that for the last several years Ms. Fantasia has been “Chief Executive Growth Officer for iLearn”, a non-profit “charter school” chain that has been involved in several alleged scandals throughout NJ.

  • So why does Ms Fantasia misrepresent her role in iLearn?
  • Why does she use the words “Urban Schools” Instead of iLearn?
  • Why does she call herself “Principal” instead of “Chief Executive Growth Officer”?
  • Does she hold a position as one of the highest and most powerful people in the iLearn organization per their own publications?
  • Is Sussex County the next “target” for the Islamic cleric?


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