Charter Schools

Ohio Senate Takes Up Charter Reform

Apr 6, 2015
State Senator Peggy Lehner heads the Senate Education Committee.
OhioHouseGOP / Flickr/Creative Commons

 Now that the Ohio House has passed a bill aimed at reforming charter schools, the Senate will take up the issue. The head of the Senate Education committee says she is deeply concerned about the number of poorly performing charters.

The House bill would stop charter sponsors from selling services to the schools they oversee; the Senate is expected to go further and lay out the duties and limits of both sponsors and the operating companies who manage the schools.  

House Panel OKs New Charter School Regulations, Reporting

Mar 25, 2015
Ohio statehouse
thoth188

A bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

After extensive debate and several rounds of revisions, the Ohio House Education Committee approved the bill 13-6 Wednesday. A House vote could come Thursday.

Kasich Still Mulling Over Reform For Charter Schools

Feb 5, 2015
Gov. John Kasich still intends to work on charter school reforms for the state's worst charters.
Mark Urycki (StateImpact Ohio)

Just two days after delivering his biennium budget proposal, Gov. John Kasich visited a charter school in Cleveland. The Woodland Hills Village School is a successful elementary charter that is sponsored by the city’s public school. Kasich says he likes that model, but indicated he is still working on a plan to crack down on bad charter schools.

Four Local Charter Schools Part of Attendance Issues Audit

Jan 23, 2015

A new report says there are big disparities in attendance rates among charter schools.

Investigators in State Auditor Dave Yost’s office swept through 30 charter schools. And Yost says they found a big difference between the number of students officials reported to the Ohio Department of Education and the actual headcount in half of those schools.

knowyourcharters.com

A new study by an Ohio education watchdog group says local tax revenue is essentially subsidizing charter schools, which are non-traditional schools that are often run by outside groups.
 

Charter School Critics Call For Reform In Property Spending

Oct 14, 2014
Paradox 56 / Flickr Creative Commons

Charter school critics are calling on the state to tighten its oversight on these operations when it comes to their property costs. ProgressOhio, a consortium of liberal groups, is putting a spotlight on Imagine Schools, which manages 17 charter schools in the state. ProgressOhio’s Executive Director, Brian Rothenberg, says the schools are locking themselves into expensive building leases with SchoolHouse Finance, which is an Imagine Schools subsidiary.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State school board members in Ohio say they are shocked at accounts of sex games, test tampering and other potentially criminal acts at a Dayton charter school, and they plan to investigate. Horizon Science Academy of Dayton is one of 19 affiliated schools in Ohio that have been associated with an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. The FBI is investigating three of the Ohio schools.

2012 saw many education reforms in Ohio. . Students got new tests and requirements. Teachers got a new evaluation systems. Charter schools and universities saw changes as well.  But as StateImpact Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports, the New Year will bring plenty of changes to the way the state’s schools are run. 

Ohio runs on a two-year budget, but that doesn’t mean off years are slow. Governor Kasich crammed in several education initiatives into his mid-cycle budget. Several other education bills passed the legislature. Among the new programs is the third grade-reading guarantee.

The largest online charter school in Ohio and in the nation is expanding. From Ohio public radio station WOSU, Steve Brown reports the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is starting its second round of hiring in just this school year.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Ohio has ruled that a private management company that operates a group of publicly funded charter schools must turn over financial records requested by the schools' governing boards.

The Wednesday ruling in Columbus comes in a lawsuit in which the boards of Hope Academies and Life Skills Centers in Cleveland and Akron asked to break their contracts with Akron-based White Hat Management LLC.

Pages