Ohio has received a 71 million dollar federal grant to expand charter schools even as state authorities review possible data scrubbing by a former school-choice director and lawmakers push fixing charter oversight.
The Ohio Supreme Court decision that nearly a hundred million dollars in equipment bought by charter school operators with tax money belongs to those operators and not to the schools has raised more anger against the industry.
Newly-released Ohio Department of Education records show data experts were puzzled by some requests from an ex-charter school director whose decision to omit certain failing grades from sponsor evaluations led to his resignation in July.
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.
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.