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Days after a shattering loss on national television, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine launched an investigation into the high school football program at Bishop Sycamore and the school’s legitimacy.
In a statement released by the governor’s office, DeWine said the state Department of Education would further investigate Bishop Sycamore regarding recent allegations against the charter school.
“Like many Ohioans, I am concerned about the recent reports and questions raised about Bishop Sycamore. While this weekend’s soccer game raised concerns about the health and safety of players, it also raised concerns about the health and safety of players. red flags regarding school operations, ”DeWine said.
DeWine said schools like Bishop Sycamore “have an obligation under Ohio law to meet certain minimum standards,” but whether Bishop Sycamore meets those standards is not entirely clear.
“I have asked the Ohio Department of Education to investigate Bishop Sycamore to ensure that Ohio law is upheld and to ensure that the school provides the educational opportunities that students of Ohio deserve it, ”DeWine said.
Bishop Sycamore High School, the supposed school in Columbus, Ohio, is not recognized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Department of Education does not list any charter schools with its name, according to local television station WCMH .
The school’s official website, since Wednesday, has been closed for “site maintenance”.
In an official filing to the Ohio Department of Education, officials at Bishop Sycamore School say the school is “one of the best academic institutions in the country,” according to The Columbus Dispatch.
However, concerns have been raised after the school played against national football powerhouse IMG Academy in a preseason football game last Sunday on ESPN.
ESPN and Paragon, the marketing group that helps plan and broadcast high school games to the sports network, said they were unaware the school was playing on TV and “didn’t have the number. of highly recruited prospects “that he had before the scheduled match.
“We regret that this has happened and have discussed it with Paragon, who provided the game and manages the majority of the programming for our high school events,” ESPN said in a press release Tuesday. “They assured us that they would take steps to prevent this kind of situation from happening in the future.”
MaxPreps, an online website covering high school sports, predicted on Wednesday that Bishop Sycamore would play in several high school preparation centers this year, including St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, St. Thomas More in Connecticut and St. Edward. in Lakewood, Ohio.
According to ESPN, Bishop Sycamore appeared in six games last season, going 0-6.