Teacher wants to use Scientology founder's texts in a public school - 1997-07-29
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ In a matter that has raised delicate questions of church and state, the Los Angeles school district is being asked to approve a so-called charter school that would use reading textbooks written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Special education teacher Linda Smith, a 20-year member of the Church of Scientology, wants to set up a 100-student charter school in suburban Tujunga that would rely on texts employing Hubbard's "study technology."
"These are incredible study techniques ... that have nothing to do with religion," Smith said. She said she has used the books to teach reading for more than 20 years "with stellar results."