COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio faculty whose legitimacy was scrutinized after its supposedly top-tier soccer group obtained clobbered in an ESPN-televised recreation didn’t dwell as much as its billing educationally both: It turned out to be “a scam,” based on an investigation by the Ohio Department of Education.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine stated he’s asking the lawyer common and different officers to find out whether or not any legal guidelines have been damaged by what claimed to be the Columbus-area Bishop Sycamore High School. DeWine additionally stated he’ll work with state schooling officers and lawmakers on enacting adjustments advisable by the division to keep away from a repeat of the state of affairs.
“Ohio families should be able to count on the fact that our schools educate students and don’t exist in name only as a vehicle to play high school sports,” DeWine stated in a written assertion Friday.
The state discovered no proof that Bishop Sycamore enrolled a number of college students this 12 months and concluded it didn’t meet minimal requirements, together with for educational choices and pupil security, based on the ODE investigation launched after the group’s televised 58-0 loss to Florida-based powerhouse IMG Academy in August.
Bishop Sycamore’s report filed with the division for this faculty 12 months listed just one enrolled pupil and acknowledged its bodily tackle as a house in a residential neighborhood.
In a name with a division official final month, Bishop Sycamore administrator Andre Peterson characterised his program as a option to get extra publicity for soccer gamers who have been having hassle moving into schools, based on the ODE report.
Messages searching for remark have been left Saturday for Peterson through cellphone and the college’s e mail tackle. In earlier feedback reported by USA TODAY Sports, Peterson had denied there was any “scam” to the lopsided soccer recreation or the college, saying it helped gamers hoping to compete in faculty.
It recognized itself to ODE as a “non-chartered, non-tax-supported school,” a class that’s largely outdoors of the division’s oversight and that enables for bypassing sure typical methods of operation as a result of of “truly held religious beliefs.” But the division stated it couldn’t decide whether or not Bishop Sycamore had such beliefs.
ODE concluded Bishop Sycamore wasn’t a college however “a way for students to play football against high school teams and potentially increase students’ prospects of playing football at the collegiate level.”
“The cost of this dream for those students wasn’t just the tuition charged to attend the school,” the division stated in its report Friday. “The price was the education the students were entitled to receive.”
The division additionally famous that such colleges aren’t underneath its oversight and don’t require its approval, and that it doesn’t have energy underneath state regulation to sanction Bishop Sycamore.
ODE’s advisable adjustments included amending state regulation to authorize the division to observe whether or not the tons of of colleges itemizing themselves as non-chartered, non-tax-supported colleges are assembly the extra relaxed minimal requirements for that class, and to require corrective motion if wanted.
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