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Hubbard, Cazares in the news

Title: Hubbard, Cazares in the news
Date: Thursday, 10 July 1986
Publisher: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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The Cult Awareness Network, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to "alerting the world to the danger of destructive cults," has an interesting item in its latest newsletter about a Montessori school in Illinois using books by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The item, based on an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, said the school's founder, a Scientologist, fired six of her teachers because they refused to use the books. "I'm the leader, and I call the shots," Janet Bowes is quoted as saying. "These people refused to use study techniques that are used all over the world."

She later reinstated the teachers after some parents had removed their children from the school in protest, and said she will re-evaluate the situation this fall.

The article quotes Bretta Weiss, national director of the American Montessori Society, as saying, "I've read several of Hubbard's books and, frankly, I'm not interested." But each of the private schools selects its own books.

The same newsletter also has an item about former Clearwater Mayor and Pinellas County Commissioner Gabe Cazares running for a U.S. House seat. Cazares has battled with the Scientologists since they came to Clearwater 10 years ago.