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Ohio Department of Education statement on investigation report and recommendations regarding Bishop Sycamore High School

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Release date: 12/17/2021

COLUMBUS, OHIO –  Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens today issued the following statement on the Ohio Department of Education’s investigation report and recommendations regarding Bishop Sycamore High School. The full report resulting from the Department’s investigation was delivered to Governor DeWine earlier today. The report is available online here.

“All students should receive a quality education. Anytime students fail to receive the quality education they need and deserve, we want to fully investigate the situation to learn what we can do to prevent it from happening ever again. In light of what we’ve learned about Bishop Sycamore, we’ve identified steps we can and will take that we believe will make it more difficult for something like this to reoccur. Our report also includes a wider list of recommendations that, while they will require broader support to implement, could prevent a repeat of Bishop Sycamore entirely. Ultimately, we remain committed to doing everything we can to ensure each of our students is challenged, prepared and empowered to reach their full potential.”


Contact for News Media: Mandy Minick at or (614) 728-5959   The Ohio Department of Education is a diverse team of passionate, education-focused professionals dedicated to fulfilling the vision established in Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education. The vision is, “In Ohio, each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society. Ensuring this vision for each of Ohio’s 1.7 million students, in partnership with more than 240,000 educators across the state, is no small feat. Under the leadership of the superintendent of public instruction and governed by the State Board of Education, Department team members, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, are sharply focused on helping schools and districts continually improve to be the best they can for each child. Equity and impact are core to every program, service and action. The Department’s work is well regarded both in Ohio and nationally for being innovative, leading edge and forward looking. When the Department succeeds, students succeed, communities succeed and Ohio succeeds!