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.
The Greenon Local School District, a rural district in Clark County, will have two tax issues on the Nov. 4 ballot. School officials believe severe cuts to programs will have to be made if the voters reject the levies.
One of the issues is a renewal of an existing property tax levy that voters approved in 2010.
The second issue asks voters for new money. The 4.96-mill levy would generate over $1.2 million a year for operations for the next five years.
As the controversy over the firing of Ohio State University's marching band director continues, records indicate the university knew about hazing and questionable initiations as far back as 32 years, and a former music school official told former staff members to put an end to it.