Rutherford County, N.C. — Rutherford County (RC) has not only been making the national and international news, other news organizations are also showing interest in our county. Word of Faith Fellowship has supported many N.C. politicians.
Charter schools & politics
A photo provided to The News & Observer shows Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest at a fundraiser hosted by Tony Helton with a leader of Word of Faith Fellowship church that’s being sued by a former member who says church leaders tried to beat the “homosexual demons” out of him.
Perusal of Forest’s page no longer has the Tony Helton, CEO of Challenge Foundation Academy, fundraiser pictures online.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Current lobbyist and former state Rep. Mike Hager is “co-hosting” a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest at the home of Tony & Amy Helton, but says he hasn’t broken the state law against political contributions by lobbyists.
On Sunday, Hager posted on Facebook a flier for a private fundraiser for Forest, a Republican widely expected to consider a run for governor in 2020. As most fundraiser invitations do, this one includes a list of donors – “sponsors” and “hosts” and “co-hosts” and “patrons,” depending on how much they’ve contributed.
Hager is listed as a “co-host” of the event, which, according to the flier, requires a $1,000 contribution.
Challenge Foundation Affiliated Members hosting the fundraiser are Tony Helton, C.Phillip Byers, Joe & Georgia Maimone.
The plan that came before the Board of Education this week would allow Tony Helton, who is already a member of the advisory board and CEO of a foundation that supports Aristotle Preparatory Academy, to take over management of Aristotle in exchange for 5 percent to 10 percent of Aristotle’s revenue. That would likely come to $70,000 to $140,000, Helton said, depending on whether the school makes the academic gains to earn the 10 percent. The actual amount would depend on enrollment and fund-raising.
The board of Helton’s new management company is made up of Bryan, who was a leading school choice advocate during his four years as a state representative; Allison, who heads Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina; and Phillip Byers, president of a foundation that finances charter schools and a member of the Board of Governers.
The News & Observer out of Raleigh has published three separate, yet related articles this week that have been nothing short of superior. The work of Lynn Bonner, Jane Stancill, David Raynor, and T. Keung Hui has shed much needed light on the actions of a greedy minority. They should be thanked and supported.
The three articles are:
“A rich donor’s money backed NC’s charter takeover law, and his school network expands” (http://amp.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article177836091.html).
“Why NC charter schools are richer and whiter” (http://amp.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article178022436.html).
“Group tied to rich donor who backed NC school takeover law now wants to run those schools” (http://amp.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article178169451.html).
Word of Faith Fellowship
The Brazilian government is investigating Word of Faith Fellowship business and labor practices.