In September 2012, shortly after the application of the Whole Elephant Elementary Charter School was submitted and accepted by the Charter School Office of the DOE of New York State, about seven reporters from seven different media called Dr. Lotus King Weiss for interview about the proposed school. Although the application did not mention about "teaching Falun Gong" as part of the core curriculum, but did state the option of offering the practice of Falun Gong exercises for the enrolled students, all repoters were most interested in this topic and inquired into the issue of "teaching Falun Gong" in the proposed school. The Wall Street Journal reporter did not publish any article after the interview, while several other mainstream media reported the Whole Elephant Charter School:
Soon after these reports came out, the DOE Charter School Office singled out this application and immediately took it out from the subsequent review process, using the excuse of being "Incomplete".
Dr. Lotus King Weiss communicated with the Director of the DOE Charter School Office, Mr. Cliff Chuang:
"From: Tianshui Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM
Subject: Re: Your voicemail message
To: Cliff Chuang <CCHUANG@mail.nysed.gov>
Cc: "Anuta, Joe" <email@example.com>, Sumathi.Reddy@wsj.com, "Trapasso, Clare" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Nazaryan, Alexander" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr. Cliff Chuang,
I believe that the decision is not made based upon what you have stated, but is truly based upon discrimination towards me as a Falun Dafa practitioner. The evidence is:
1. The Letter of Intent for the Whole Elephant Charter School was accepted, but now the letter of Intent for the Whole Elephant Middle and high Charter School is not accepted. Attached please find a copy of these two Letter of Intent. You can see that the latter, now being rejected, has almost identical contents and provided similar presentation about disabled children and community outreach. Of course, after six month of work, we have carried out much more community outreach than the first application.
2. Our full application for the Whole Elephant Charter School was already accepted. All accepted Charter School applications are posted on your website, but only ours is not posted. The standard review process will occurr in October when deficiency of application in terms of contents shall be pointed out after the review. However, a decision is suddenly made for our application which is now being totally deprived the rights of being reviewed by the general public and the review board.
All these happened after my identity as a Falun Dafa practitioner, particularly about me as a target of persecution in America was revealed. The person involved in shutting down my laboratory is Mr. Gary Locke, the current United States Ambassador to China. My letter to the legal community covers this story (see attached).
The persecution in America towards Falun Dafa practitioners is carried out by Chinese Communist Government through systematic infiltration into all aspects of American Society. Money is buying conscience. Many elelcted officials have fallen victim of such an infiltration, such as Mr. John Liu, Ms. Allen Young, and many other local elected officials in the Chinese Community. The power as if is now controlled by the Chinese Communist Government, even here in America. The interest of the American General Public is greatly compromised. I am certain you are also now put in front of such a choice: Money/power/fame or Conscience. Everyone's fate is created by his or her own choice, every day. According to the Chinese culture: good will be rewarded and evil will be punished. I am sending my best wishes to support you to make the right choice and stand up to support our education program.
Please take your time to review the attached documents and reconsider your decision. If the decision is not changed, we will bring this case to the court.
Dr. Lotus King Weiss, Ph.D.
The Whole Elephant Institute
On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 4:59 PM, Cliff Chuang <CCHUANG@mail.nysed.gov> wrote:
Dr. King Weiss,
I received your voicemail message from this afternoon. I understand and appreciate your desire to serve families. However, your submissions for both Round 2 and Round 3 in our charter school RFP process were reviewed in accordance with our objective, evidence-based process. Neither submission met our minimum standards at the respective review stage, and neither can proceed for additional review at this time.
Cliff W. Chuang, Director, Charter School Office, New York State Education Department
518-474-1762 (Tel) • 518-474-3209 (Fax) • 89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY email@example.com • www.p12.nysed.gov/psc/"
Subsequent to the "rejection" of the application of the Whole Elephant Elementary Charter School, and the subsequent Letter of intent for the Whole Elephant Middle Charter School, a reporter from the New York Daily News called Dr. Lotus King Weiss for a phone-interview. Subsequently, a news report by this reporter, Ms. Clare Trepasso, came out with contents totally different from the statements made by Dr. Lotus King Weiss, with an apparent intention to defame Dr. Lotus King Weiss and the proposed Charter School:
This news soon were followed by hate propaganda media from the Mainland China, controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, to directly attack Dr. Lotus King Weiss and the Whole Elephant Charter School.