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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.

Former Treasurer Gets Two Years In Prison For Embezzling $470K

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost said he picked a sentence that would send a strong message to others contemplating stealing money from public schools and their students, while recognizing the good Shye has done in other areas of his life.
31, 2012

The former treasurer who pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly a half million dollars from charter schools in Columbus and other Ohio cities has been sentenced to two years in prison and must repay the funds he stole.

Ex-Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement In Ohio

Carl Shye, Jr. of New Albany pleads guilty to embezzling $470,000 from charter schools in Columbus, Dayton, and Youngstown over a six-year period.
June 21, 2012

A former Ohio charter school treasurer has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $470,000 in federal education funds from four schools over six years.

Former Charter School Treasurer Charged With Embezzlement

The U.S. Attorney's Office accused Carl Shye, Jr. of overpaying himself with hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds intended for use at several charter schools.
17, 2012

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged New Albany resident Carl Shye, Jr. with embezzling more than $470,000 between 2005 and 2011.