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Legislation Introduced to Make Charter Schools Accountable

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Legislation Introduced to Make Charter Schools Accountable

By Susan Tebben Two House members have come together with a bill looking to make charter schools more accountable to taxpayers. The “Community (Charter) School Operator Accountability Act” aims to take for-profit charter schools and require them to become nonprofits, and make records of their spending subject to public scrutiny and audit.  “By removing that profit […]

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Online Charter School ECOT Closes Virtual Doors

Walker Evans Walker Evans Online Charter School ECOT Closes Virtual Doors

The central idea behind charter schools is that a private business or nonprofit can run an educational facility better than a public sector operator. The issue is that sometimes businesses and nonprofits can fail and close. That problem has come to light in a big way with the closure of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow […]

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Opinion: Unscrupulous Charters Continue to Rob Children of Columbus City Schools

Chris Sunami Chris Sunami Opinion: Unscrupulous Charters Continue to Rob Children of Columbus City Schools

In 2002, I spearheaded a group that applied to open a charter school under the then new Ohio charter school legislation. Our application was denied. That same year, more than ten schools were approved for the same, for-profit company, White Hat Management. The owner was a major Republican donor, David Brennen, and his company has […]

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The Confluence Cast: Empowering Students Through Songwriting

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Empowering Students Through Songwriting

How can students be empowered? The Dick & Jane Project thinks they have a solution: songwriting. Their literacy program partners middle schools students with professional musicians to create radio-ready songs; and a little confidence in the process. Follow the Confluence Cast: Web | iTunes | Facebook | Twitter

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Opinion: Oversimplified Stances on Schools Cuts Both Ways

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Oversimplified Stances on Schools Cuts Both Ways

Last week, John Oliver ripped into charter schools on HBO show Last Week Tonight, and Ohio’s underperforming schools were a focal point for that segment. A few weeks prior to that, online Ohio charter school ECOT made the news for struggling through an audit with the Ohio Department of Education, which is bringing to light […]

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John Oliver Tears Apart Ohio Charter Schools in New Segment

Walker Evans Walker Evans John Oliver Tears Apart Ohio Charter Schools in New Segment

HBO’s Last Week Tonight turned its attention last night to the world of charter schools, showcasing how many of the 6,700 publically-funded-yet-privately-run schools across the country have failed to deliver a quality education, despite being touted frequently as a better alternative to public schools. Host John Oliver spent a good deal of the segment focusing on […]

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Deadline Looms Today for ECOT Log-in Records Release

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Deadline Looms Today for ECOT Log-in Records Release

Today’s the deadline for the Ohio charter school Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) to hand over student log-in data to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as part of an ongoing attendance audit.  The order came on Monday from a Franklin County judge after ECOT refused to release the records, claiming a broken promise on […]

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