State auditor to investigate Horizon Academy accusations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The state auditor is launching an investigation of a charter school chain after learning of alleged test cheating and other potentially criminal misdeeds at a Dayton school.

The Ohio Department of Education and the FBI are also investigating.

The Columbus Dispatch reports state Auditor David Yost opened the investigation at the request of the Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union.

Yost says newer allegations corroborate older claims his office learned of last winter.

Four former teachers at Horizon Science Academy in Dayton gave the state school board Wednesday accounts of sex games and test tampering at the school.

The investigation comes as a two page memo written by the current Dean of Students is released, detailing “condoms in the hall,” sex in the in-school suspension room and teachers who “watch movies all the time.” The memo was handed out at a school staff meeting earlier this year, according to a press release from ProgressOhio, a public interest group based in Columbus.

Concept Schools, which operates the Dayton school and 18 others, says it makes ensuring a safe school environment a priority.

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