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Officials “shocked” by charter school complaints

Officials “shocked” by charter school complaints

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State school board members 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 affiliated schools in Ohio, including four in Columbus, that have been associated with an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. The FBI is investigating three of the Ohio schools.

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 black students “monkeys” and “dogs,” among other things. They say Ohio’s ignored past concerns.

A spokesman said under Ohio law the state Department of Education must turn complaints over to a charter-school sponsor for follow-up.

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