WCBE Header Banner 20190208
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WCBE News

State School Board Hears Allegations Of Sex Abuse, Test Tampering At Charter School

horizon_academy.gif

State school board members in Ohio say they are shocked at accounts of sex games, test tampering and other potentially criminal misdeeds at a Dayton charter school, and they pledge to investigate. 

Horizon Science Academy of Dayton is one of 19 schools in Ohio affiliated  with an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. The FBI is  investigating 19 Gulen schools in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois states.  Four former teachers testified Tuesday to witnessing oral sex among 6th- to 8th-graders that went unreported to parents, achievement tests that were  mishandled and a teacher who called a black student a "monkey," among other things. They say Ohio officials have ignored their concerns.  A spokesperson says  the state Department of Education must turn complaints over to a charter-school sponsor for follow-up.  The 19 Horizon and Noble Academies founded by Gulen are run by Chicago-based Concept Schools.  They include academies in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Euclid, Toledo and Youngstown.