Controversy over Scientology influence clouds future of Pinellas charter school - 2012-02-26

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F7.png Controversy over Scientology influence clouds future of Pinellas charter school February 26, 2012, Drew Harwell, Tampa Bay Times

Some parents and former teachers at Life Force, which receives about $800,000 a year in public funding, say the Pinellas County charter school has become a Scientology recruiting post targeting children.

Opened to serve a low-income Clearwater neighborhood and advertising classes in computers and modern dance, Life Force had begun pushing Hubbard's "study technology," which critics call a Trojan horse Scientology uses to infiltrate public classrooms.

And while Life Force students and teachers worked in poorly stocked classrooms and teachers went unpaid, the bankrupt school funneled tens of thousands of dollars more to Islam's business interests than she told the bankruptcy court she would charge.


{{cite news | first = Drew | last = Harwell | title = Controversy over Scientology influence clouds future of Pinellas charter school | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/controversy-over-scientology-influence-clouds-future-of-pinellas-charter/1217239#tpcccf | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = February 26, 2012 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}