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2:17 am
Sat July 18, 2015

State Retracting Charter School Sponsor Evaluations

State Schools Superintendent Richard Ross (in white shirt) Ohio Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner (in blue stripes) at this week's state board of education meeting.
Credit wcpn.org

The Ohio Department of Education is retracting evaluations of charter school sponsors after discovering a pro-charter school  official excluded failing grades received by online schools from the reports.

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6:36 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Charter School Accused Of Padding Attendance Roles

General Chappie James Leadership Academy
Credit wdtn.com

Republican State Auditor David Yost says a now-closed Dayton charter school called General Chappie James Leadership Academy padded its rolls by nearly half and improperly collected 1.1 million dollars in tax money.

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2:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Probe Clears Online Charter School Of Improper Attendance Allegations

An online charter school has been cleared of allegations in an anonymous email that it failed to withdraw hundreds of chronically truant students in order to pad its rolls.

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6:34 am
Thu June 4, 2015

State Suspends Four Charter Schools

The Ohio Department of Education is suspending four charter schools for failing to meet student academic performance requirements.

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8:24 am
Wed June 3, 2015

3 Convicted In Bribery Case Linked To Ohio Charter School

Credit Dayton Daily News

An Ohio charter school superintendent, a school board leader and an education consultant suspected of bribing them in exchange for a contract have been convicted of federal charges.  

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3:17 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Whistleblower's Allegations Raise Questions About Charter School Spending

The state spends 900 million dollars on charter schools. 

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6:51 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Lawmakers Duel Over Anonymous Allegations Against Online Charter School

State Representative Teresa Fedor
Credit cleveland.com

A Democratic state lawmaker is blasting the Ohio Department of Education for an anonymous e-mail about attendance at an online charter school, but another is holding back. 

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6:26 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Attendance Complaints Against Ohio Virtual Academy Sent To State Auditor

Two state lawmakers have referred to the state auditor's office allegations an online charter school failed to disenroll hundreds of chronically truant students in order to pad its rolls.

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6:17 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Ohio House Committee Approves Charter School Crackdown

A bill cracking down on low-performing charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors has cleared the Ohio House Education Committee.

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7:28 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Yost Trying To Recover State Money From Two Local Charter Schools

State Auditor David Yost
Credit ohioauditor.gov

Central Ohio educators are getting bills from the state for the teaching money that they pocketed.

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6:24 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Charter Schools Want More Public School Money

Charter school bakers are asking state lawmakers to support legislation they say will help make their schools more effective.

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7:13 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State Auditor Finds Disparity Between Reported And Actual Charter School Attendance

Auditor David Yost meets with reporters about his office's probe of charter school attendance
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Republican State Auditor David Yost says unannounced attendance checks at 30 charter schools shows 25 percent of them have significant cases of under-attendance.

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5:58 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Kasich Vows To Crack Down On Bad Charter Schools

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says he plans to push against political adversaries during his second term, as he tries to enact restrictions on charter schools and reach a satisfactory compromise on renewable-energy mandates.

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6:38 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Progressive Coalition Targets Charter School Leases

A consortium of progressive groups is calling on the state to tighten oversight on charter school leases.

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12:40 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Website Says Charter School Kids Fail 3rd Grade Reading Test At 2X Rate Of Public Schools

A progressive-leaning 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. 

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6:54 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Charter School Network Critical Of Informational Website

A network of charter schools is criticizing a website called KnowYourCharter.com.

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9:23 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Think Tank, OEA Launch Website Detailing Charter School Stats

A progressive-leaning think tank and the state’s largest teachers union have launched a new website that lays out performance and financial reviews of charter schools.

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9:47 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court: Are Millions In Public Charter School Dollars Private?

White Hat Management was founded by former Ohio State University trustee David Brennan

The Ohio Supreme Court will now decide whether a private management company that was paid tens of millions of dollars in tax money to run charter schools is -- at least to some extent -- a public entity. 

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7:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Legislators Question Who Is Paying For Pro-Charter School Statehouse Rally

More than 400 people are expected to rally at the Statehouse Tuesday in support of an embattled charter school management company and its chain of academies.

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7:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Dems In General Assembly Frustrated More Charter School Reforms Haven't Passed

The VLT Academy in Cincinnati is the 22nd charter or community school to close this fiscal year.

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