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Bogus school would have never conned way onto ESPN if Ohio had any kind of oversight

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In case you missed it, the latest entry in the debate over charter schools involves Bishop Sycamore, a supposed charter school in Columbus, Ohio, that wrangled a nationally televised game on ESPN by claiming it had a roster full of Division I recruits. However, questions started cropping up when ESPN’s own announcers revealed that no one from Bishop Sycamore appeared in any national databases. Indeed, the ESPN announcers were less concerned about whether Bishop Sycamore could stay on the field with the nationally ranked IMG Academy than about the players’ health and safety.

It soon became apparent that Bishop Sycamore had problems much more fundamental than just the state of its roster. By Tuesday, enough information had come to light for Gov. Mike DeWine to order an investigation by the education department into the school. Based on the evidence that has been amassed so far, the school was only able to get away with its shenanigans as a result of a complete failure of the most basic safeguards that should be in place to keep sketchy schools from even existing.

The first of what would be many signs of how problematic this situation was going to get came about after the game, when it emerged that Bishop Sycamore had played Sto-Rox High School northwest of Pittsburgh a mere two days before the now-infamous clash with IMG. That was a sign that the school had more fundamental problems than roster embellishment: No legitimate school would allow a football team to play two games in three days.

The alarm bells grew louder when I was unable to find any........

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