The state has shot down an application to create a year-round, bilingual charter school in Flushing aimed at the children of illegal Chinese immigrants.
Lotus King Weiss, the lead applicant of the Whole Elephant Charter School, posted articles on the elementary school’s website about her being attacked in the U.S. due to her controversial Falun Dafa beliefs. She was also arrested for trespassing, she said, claims she was unfairly diagnosed with manic depression.
Weiss, who used to go by Tongwen Wang, also posted she was homeless at one point due to her adherence to the spiritual movement, also known as Falun Gong.
“This is not Communist China,” said Weiss, who wanted to incorporate martial arts and Chinese calligraphy into the charter school curriculum. The school will “bring the best of the East — which is 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture — and the best of the West.”
The state Department of Education rejected the application because it was incomplete, according to an Aug. 16 letter to Weiss.
The letter stated Weiss’s application lacked background forms for the requisite minimum of five founding board members and proof that the school underwent a public review process.
State officials declined to comment Wednesday on the application. Weiss is asking the state to reconsider the charter.
“We have a strong board,” Weiss said. But if members are “associated with me, they will be a target of persecution in this country too.”