Officials in Columbus and Dayton Dayton are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says more than half of the charter schools checked during unannounced inspections last year had far fewer students in attendance than the number on record with the state. Charter school funding hinges largely on enrollment numbers.
A progressive think tank and the state’s largest teachers’ union have released data they say shows mixed grades last year for Ohio’s students who need to pass a key elementary school test. But the state says that data may not tell the whole story.
The Ohio Supreme Court has heard a case brought by charter schools contending they are entitled to equipment bought by their management company with taxpayer dollars without having to pay for the property.
The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers.
The FBI and other authorities are investigating schools in Ohio and other states that are affiliated with an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fetullah Gulen.
Voters, for the first time, are being asked to approve local property tax funds for independently run charter schools. The Charter school sharing proposal is the most controversial policy aspect of the $75 million request.
A Columbus school board member says the district should break up a massive levy scheduled for the November ballot in order to limit the amount of money being shared with charter schools.
A left leaning think tank says the proposed two year state budget would help private and charter schools, but would hurt public schools.
2012 brought new evaluations for Ohio teachers, new reports cards for schools, and new testing for some students. More change could lie ahead.
Some Ohio charters have broken away from their management company after executives refused to show how they were spending state tax dollars.