Ohio Department of Education

Karen Kasler

A three-member panel appointed by the outgoing state school superintendent has recommended to the state school board 22 ideas on how to reform and restore the public perception of the charter school system. 


The release of school report cards are being delayed.


After a tough few months, the leader of Ohio’s education department has announced he’s retiring at the end of the year. 

Republican Ohio Govenor John Kasich has signed into law a charter school crackdown bill containing new performance, accountability and reporting requirements. 

The Ohio House has approved new performance, accountability and transparency requirements for charter schools.

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.


Two Ohio Board of Education members who requested an independent investigation of the Ohio Department of Education's charter oversight office claim their proposal was improperly blocked.

WCBE Files

Critics are reacting to the details in more than 10o thousand  documents related to the Ohio Department of Education’s handling of charter schools. 

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.

Columbus City School officials over the weekend visited the families of students left stranded by the unexpected closure of a charted school last week. 

A Columbus charter school serving 300 students closed this week because of mismanagement.


Democrats on the Ohio Board of Education want an independent investigation into the resignation of the state’s charter schools chief.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says he lacks jurisdiction and so won't investigate circumstances surrounding a former state official's decision to exclude failing grades from state charter school evaluations.   


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.

The Ohio Department of Education is starting work on a new series of student tests to be administered in the upcoming school year.

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

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Department of Education wants to change the requirement that elementary schools have at least five of the eight specialty teachers in subjects such as art, music and physical education.

The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill prohibiting schools from using the results of new proficiency tests being conducted this school year to determine a student's advancement to the next grade level.

The controversial sponsor of eight northeast Ohio charter schools is going out of existence and the state is trying to help the schools come up with alternatives.

The Ohio Department of Education says students from 255 facilities in 31 districts will be eligible for the next round of state-funded scholarships that help youth from consistently underperforming public schools attend private schools.