8. nonetheless, the fact remains that AS is NOT scientology....
I don't understand why you can't seem to comprehend that. It's a (primarily) self study method. If you've been involved with scientology then you probably remember reading/study rooms where there was an emphasis on modularizing study materials and looking up misunderstood words. That is the heart of AS. It's got nothing to do with scientology other than being the method of study favored by L. R. Hubbard. Scientologists are rather dogmatic about it in their reading rooms, but using the technique in schools certainly does not promote scientology. It promotes learning. Whether it's the best practice is subject to question, but that's got nothing to do with scientology either.
Fruit of a poison tree? Come on. That's just throwing out the baby along with the bathwater. Why would you think that school administrators seeking more effective pedagogies show "a reckless disregard for students, teachers, and taxpayers?"
When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion. - Robert Pirsig