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In the last year, there's been a big drop in support for charter schools, while other forms of school choice are getting a little less unpopular. That's the top line of a national poll released today.

President Trump and his education secretary Betsy DeVos have put school choice front and center on their education agenda. The general idea of "choice," however, takes many forms.

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The superintendent of Ohio's largest online charter school operator is retiring amid its court battle with Ohio officials over at least 60 million dollars in disputed funding.

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A Democratic state lawmaker has introduced a bill designed to plug a potential hole in education funding and accountability.

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he Ohio Republican Party is returning money to a long-time GOP donor and founder of the state's largest online charter school.

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The Ohio Department of Education has ordered more money be pulled from an embattled online charter school operator's monthly funding.

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The state auditor wants the Ohio Department of Education to stop providing funding for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, saying there are still discrepancies as to how many students are actually attending the state's largest online charter school operator.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the Ohio department of Education may start collecting 60 million dollars from the state's largest online charter school operator. 

The Ohio Department of Education will assume oversight of two charter schools originally overseen by the Reynoldsburg City Schools.

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A Democratic state lawmaker says Republican state auditor David Yost should recuse himself from any further investigations into the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

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State Auditor David Yost says his office plans to "get to the bottom" of the source of funding for an online charter school's tv ad attacking Ohio's effort to have the school repay 60 million dollars.

The state is suing the operator of a youth summer camp and an athletic league for charter school students for misspending 550 thousand dollars.

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The state's largest online charter school operator says a television ad attacking Ohio's effort to recoup 60 million dollars wasn't funded with public money and is no longer being broadcast.

An Ohio appeals court has rejected arguments by the state's largest online charter school operator that the Ohio Department of Education illegally changed criteria to adjust funding for the 2015-16 school year.

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The state's largest online charter school operator is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to block the state's efforts to recoup 60 million dollars in funding.

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State Auditor David Yost has ordered Ohio's largest online charter school operators to stop using taxpayer dollars on tv ads attacking the state's decision to claw back 60 million dollars in payments for the 2015-16 school year.

Updated at 10:04 a.m. ET with Louisiana study

It is the education debate of the Trump era. With the president and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos using policy and the bully pulpit to champion private school vouchers, supporters and critics have tangled over the question:

Do low-income, public school students perform better when they're given a voucher to attend a private school?

Ohio's largest online charter school operator plans to lay off 350 employees next month and possibly more later after the state determined it must repay 60 million dollars for failing to accurately report attendance.

One of the nation's largest online charter school operators is suing the Ohio Board of Education over its vote to have the school repay $60 million that was disputed because of a lack of justifying documentation. 

Ohio's largest online charter school operator has promised to continue its fight with the Ohio Department of Education. 

A study by a pro-charter school group shows open enrollment in public schools helped improve student academic achievement.

The Franklin County Court of Appeals has denied a request by Ohio's largest online charter school operator to block the Ohio Department of Education from collecting 60 million dollars in payments.

Over and over again, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos deflected a barrage of pointed questions with one answer:

"Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law."

Ohio's largest online charter school operator is asking a judge to block the Ohio  Board of Education from voting to order the school to pay back 60 million state dollars for enrollment that can't be justified.

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As enrollment in online charter schools has soared across the U.S., states have struggled to put in place regulations ensuring students get a real education and cyber schools get the right amount of funding.

State Auditor David Yost says a closed Columbus charter school failed to repay the state nearly 341 thousand dollars in educational support funding.

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Hilliard police have charged a former charter school director  with theft and other counts.

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A state hearing officer has ruled against Ohio's largest online charter school operator in its appeal of the Ohio Department of Education's determination it owes 60 million dollars for enrollment that can't be justified.

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The fight between the state and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow brought supporters of the state's largest online charter school operator to the Statehouse on Tuesday.

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The state has turned down 22 million out of 71 million dollars in federal charter school expansion grant money, saying enough potential schools will not meet the high performance ratings needed to qualify.

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