Scientology is focus of flap over Will Smith's new school - 2008-06-29

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F47.png Scientology is focus of flap over Will Smith's new school June 29, 2008, Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times

It is one of several initiatives by the couple, including a new foundation that will give grants to young people in the arts and education. About 80% of New Village students will receive financial assistance in the fall.

But the school's Sept. 3 opening, on the leased campus of a former school in Calabasas, will be accompanied by a whiff of controversy. Some of its teachers are members of the Church of Scientology, and it will use teaching methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.


{{cite news | first = Carla | last = Rivera | title = Scientology is focus of flap over Will Smith's new school | url = http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/la-me-newvillage29-2008jun29,0,4515213.story | work = Los Angeles Times | date = June 29, 2008 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}