i hope he gets long sentence and rots in prison. and after he gets out, he must be ordered to pay restitution the rest of his life. wallahi that would do it for me.
COLUMBUS -- Hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal money is pouring into the Columbus City Schools District for after-school tutoring programs.
But, after months of research, an ABC6 investigation reveals the vast majority of these programs aren't making the grade.
In fact, as ABC6 Investigator Chris Koeberl finds, most of the students are actually failing.
Sharon Panico, of Sylvan Learning Center, "The goal here is to help children succeed and the goal here is to master some skills that they have not quite mastered."
The goal of federal Supplemental Education Services money, or S.E.S. funds, is being achieved at this Sylvan Learning Center in Hilliard. Here, children who need a little extra help to keep up in school are getting that assistance after school.
The concept is no child is left behind.
Unfortunately, Koeberl's ABC6 investigation uncovered that this is one of only a small handful of after-school tutoring programs receiving federal money that's making the grade in the Columbus area.
In confronting Mussa Farah, Koeberl said, "We are trying to talk to you. We want to get your side of the story about the Horn of Africa."
"No, talk to my lawyer," Farah replied.
Farah is the head of the Horn of Africa, a state-approved tutoring program that received tens of thousands of dollars of federal money funneled through the Columbus City Schools District for after-school tutoring.
Koeberl asked, "Can you explain why your contract was terminated for falsifying signatures?"
"I'm not talking to you. I'm not talking to you," Farah said.
Koeberl said, "Why was your contract terminated for falsifying signatures? It's a simple legitimate question, sir."
Every state-approved tutoring program is graded on a list of requirements. The highest score is a 57. A passing grade is considered 19.
ABC6 obtained the scores for tutoring programs in Columbus and were shocked by the results.
Only four programs earned a score of 50 or above. Thirty programs failed outright and 26 of those received a grade of zero.
Patrick Gallaway, of the Ohio Department of Education, said, "Well, it's always a concern if you feel a student is not getting what they're entitled to."
Gallaway says the first stop for the federal funds before they're filtered to the district level is the Ohio Dept. of Education. He admits there is room for improvement in the system.
Gallaway said, "And we have to be concerned with a tutor that may not be following the program or be responsible for the students that they're assigned to."
Questions have been raised concerning whether tutoring is taking place at all such programs. ABC6 also set out to determine where the checks -- some for as much as $103,000 -- are going.
One check went to Waiss Network Technologies, listed at 2200 East Dublin Granville Road in Columbus. Koeberl obtained a mailing address that led him to a small apartment.
A check went for $58,000 went to Somalia American Youth. It's got a street number of 1933, which turned out to be ... a UPS store?
Several contracts have already been terminated by CCSD. District representatives declined to talk with ABC6 Investigates on camera about this matter. Farah declined as well.
Gallaway said, "We know that the effectiveness report could possibly stand some changes and so we're looking at some ways to make enhancements to that."