Statement released by Carney’s team:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
Contact: Kelley Ashford, (740) 478-9317
CARNEY URGES YOST TO COMPLETE CHARTER SCHOOL PROBE
Request Comes After Multiple Allegations of Malpractice
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, State Auditor candidate and State Representative John Patrick Carney (D-Clintonville) joined in the effort to urge State Auditor David Yost to investigate serious questions that have been raised about potential unethical behavior at the chain of charter schools in Ohio that operate under the ‘Concept Schools’ name.
Concerns were first addressed in an article on the Ohio Education Association website in December 2013 where former Horizon Science Academy teacher Matt Blair outlined abuses he observed at the schools and raised serious questions.
In a letter sent this month to the State Superintendent and the State Board of Education, Blair described what he called unethical behavior within the schools, including “officials pulling at-risk students out of class during standardized testing” and “Turkish men who came in on Saturday to darken ‘in the answers for students who wrote too lightly’ on standardized tests”.
This week, the Ohio Education Association (OEA) called on State Auditor David Yost to look into the questions raised by these allegations. “We urge Auditor Yost to act and to conduct a probe worthy of the serious questions that have been raised,” said OEA President Becky Higgins.
After learning of Auditor Yost’s claims that he hadn’t received “correspondence from OEA but would review any request upon receipt,” Rep. Carney sent a letter to the Ohio Auditor of State’s office to second the request for an investigation.
“It is alarming that state officials were alerted to this matter last year and still nothing has been done to determine whether unethical behaviors occurred in these schools and whether or not they continue today. I am concerned by my opponent’s lack of urgency on this matter. It is crucial that we hold Ohio schools accountable to make sure that our children are getting the best education possible.”