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    “When auditors went unannounced into the Academy for Urban Scholars in Youngstown in October, they found zero students, when there were supposed to be 95. At six other schools, enrollment was 34 percent to 83 percent less than what was reported to the state. Nine other schools had attendance variations of 10 percent or more.”


    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    Yeesh. That’s crazy.







    One of the more lively CotR panels I’ve seen, though perhaps a bit of that liveliness was more heat than light. And even though I’m a strong charter (and voucher) school supporter, I’ll admit that the Republican strategist was generating a lot of that heat with a largely-strawman argument, which the older woman properly called him on. The proposed reforms will not categorically eliminate charter schools and no one is seriously proposing eliminating them (teachers unions might support completely eliminating them, but there is no actual proposal in any legislative committee to do so), so talking as if that’s the choice is both a strawman argument and a false dilemma.

    That said, measurements are going to be difficult because almost all charter schools serve populations even more disadvantaged and at-risk than the urban public schools from which they draw the bulk of their students. We don’t really have charter schools for the gifted. The funding structure, and really the premise of the whole system, is to have charter schools be an escape valve from distressed public schools rather than, say, something intended to take the top students from Upper Arlington and Dublin and give them an even stronger challenge. Therefore, it’s all but inevitable that the measurable metrics of most Ohio charters will never be truly stellar. You generally won’t take students that were destined for dropping out and get them into Harvard–certainly not often enough to have any statistical impact.



    School Issues: The New Pro-Choice?
    February 20, 2015 12:17 pm – Miriam Bowers Abbott

    “Why do we need a school board? Can you name anything the school board has done that helped a single child?” Those aren’t the sorts of questions you might expect from a speaker who is a former member of the Columbus Board of Education. But then again, the meeting at which the questions were posed involved a whole lot of unconventional perspectives about education.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/school-issues-the-new-pro-choice-ma1



    Panel Will Advise Ohio Education Dept. On Charter Schools

    Ohio’s public school superintendent has named a three-member panel to advise the department on evaluating charter school sponsors.

    READ MORE: http://radio.wosu.org/post/panel-will-advise-ohio-education-dept-charter-schools#stream/0

    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans


    Parents Scrambling To Enroll Children After Columbus Charter School Suddenly Closes
    By Tanisha Mallett
    Monday August 31, 2015 6:41 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Roughly 400 students have been stranded, at the start of the school year, after a charter school on the city’s north side suddenly closed. Now parents are scrambling to find a place for their children to go to school.

    READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2015/08/31/columbus-ohio-parents-scrambling-to-enroll-children-after-columbus-charter-school-suddenly-closes.html



    Records Show Inflated Evaluations Of Ohio Charter Schools
    By Kevin Landers
    Friday September 4, 2015 5:34 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mikafui Daboni says Columbus charter school Horizon Academy was the best thing to happen to her four children. She says two of her daughters received academic scholarships to college. She says it is this side of charter schools that more people need to hear about.

    This comes as the Ohio Department of Education is reeling from a scandal involving scrubbed grade fixing. Former School Choice Director David Hansen resigned in July after admitting to manipulation of charter school evaluations by making them look better than they were actually doing.

    READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2015/09/04/columbus-ohio-records-show-inflated-evaluations-of-ohio-charter-schools.html



    That 10TV article was missing all the meat…

    Charters chief kept quiet about bad studies
    By Catherine Candisky
    09/05/2015 7:48 AM

    Hansen, the husband of Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign manager, Beth Hansen, resigned in July after admitting during questioning by board members that he intentionally rigged performance data, inflating the scores of charter-school sponsors…

    The records show a lengthy and coordinated effort among multiple department employees to manipulate sponsor evaluations seemingly at Hansen’s direction.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/09/05/charters-chief-kept-quiet-about-bad-studies.html

    Which is worse, cooking the books to retain funding levels for a public school or cooking the books to aid the profits of private corporations?





    Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Charter Schools In Case Involving Controversial Operator White Hat
    By OHIO PUBLIC RADIO • SEP 16, 2015

    The case involved 10 Cleveland-area charter schools that contracted with White Hat Management to operate them. Over a three year period, more than $90 million in state money flowed to White Hat, which used those funds to pay teachers and buy computers, desks and other equipment for the schools to use. But there were problems – seven of the 10 schools had serious academic issues, with two being completely shut down for poor performance. When the schools’ contract was up, White Hat said the equipment was its property, and the schools had to pay to keep using it.

    READ MORE: http://wcbe.org/post/ohio-supreme-court-rules-against-charter-schools-case-involving-controversial-operator-white



    E-school giant ECOT, with 15,000 students, wants to count the same as tiny charter schools in state evaluations
    Print Email Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer
    on September 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio’s largest charter school, wants to limit the damage from its F grades on state report cards, now that the Ohio Department of Education is no longer just throwing them out of key new charter school evaluations this year.

    READ MORE: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/09/e-school_giant_ecot_with_15000_students_wants_to_count_the_same_as_tiny_charter_schools_in_state_evaluations.html



    Lawmakers Opt For More Time On Charter School Bill

    A charter school reform measure won’t be going to the governor’s desk just yet. Instead the Ohio House has opted to spend more time making changes to the bill.

    READ MORE: http://radio.wosu.org/post/lawmakers-opt-more-time-charter-school-bill#stream/0

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