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Data Used To Determine Charter Funding “Not Necessarily Accurate”

Thursday's report comes as Republican Gov. John Kasich and state legislative leaders have said they'll pursue revisions to Ohio's charter school laws after a series of negative reports.
22, 2015

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.

Think Tank Pushes Charter Report; State Says It’s Not Whole Story

Dale Butland says the KnowYourCharter website was set up to give parents data and information about charter schools. But John Charlton says the KnowYourCharter website only picks certain data from the state’s website.
13, 2014

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.

Court Hears Dispute On Charter School Equipment

Blended learning combines traditional classroom schooling with distance learning.
23, 2014

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.

Claims Of Racism, Sexual Misconduct In Charter School Testimony

A request for comment from the Horizon Science Academy in Dayton was forwarded to Concept Schools in Chicago. The group offered a written statement. It did not address the allegations, but did say they prioritize ensuring a “safe” and “professional” school environment.
16, 2014

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.

State School Board To Hear Complaints About Charter Schools

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.
July 15, 2014

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.

Charter Schools Would Benefit From Levy

Charter schools are a big part of the Columbus School Levy proposal.
21, 2013

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.

Board Member: Break Up Levy To Limit Money Going To Charters

The proposal did not go a vote on Tuesday. The board is scheduled to finalize the fall levy request next week.
17, 2013

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.

Left-Leaning Think Tank: Proposed Budget Hurts Public Schools

The report from Innovation Ohio says if the current version of the budget passes, most of the state's public school districts would see funding fall below 2010-2011 levels, and a quarter of all public schools would see funding below current levels.
25, 2013

A left leaning think tank says the proposed two year state budget would help private and charter schools, but would hurt public schools.

The Year of Education Reform

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27, 2012

2012 brought new evaluations for Ohio teachers, new reports cards for schools, and new testing for some students. More change could lie ahead.

Questions About Transparency Lead To “Rogue” Charter Schools

Towpath Trail High School break room
The break room at Towpath Trail High School allows students to hang out before, between, or after classes.
18, 2012

Some Ohio charters have broken away from their management company after executives refused to show how they were spending state tax dollars.