New York State rejects Falun Gong Member's application
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Since: Aug 11
#1 Aug 29, 2012
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 schools 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 Weisss 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.
Since: Aug 11
#2 Aug 29, 2012
The school would board the kids of Chinese immigrants who have been smuggled into the U.S. illegally, she said.
The students would live at the school seven days a week because the children are unwanted by their parents, she said.
Weiss runs two nonprofit groups, the Whole Elephant Institute, which promotes traditional Chinese culture, and the Korean Community Center of New York.
She said she had planned to include Falun Dafa into the curriculum because it has been the cause of hate crimes in the community.
Peter Tu, executive director of the Flushing Chinese Business Association, said the charter school wouldnt have been a hit.
Families wont want to send their children away seven days a week, he said, and most Chinese parents want to steer clear of Falun Gong.
The Chinese government doesnt accept Falun Gong, he said. So, parents dont want their children getting involved in the politics of the issue, he said.
#3 Aug 30, 2012
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