Taxpayer Dollars Must Not Be Wasted On Failing Charter Schools
by State Representative David Leland
I introduced HB 220 to improve charter school transparency and accountability by permitting the state auditor to track all taxpayer money received by the private, for-profit schools. I did this to shine a light on how charter schools spend taxpayer dollars, which has become even more critical after the ruling last week that ECOT, Ohio’s largest, failing online charter school, misappropriated at least $60 million in taxpayer funds by falsely inflating student attendance.
Ohio taxpayers deserve a full and complete accounting for every one […]Full Story... →
Last week, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich conducted a Statehouse news conference and four town hall meetings in Ohio regarding the realities of the charter school industry.
Steve Farber has posted videos from two of the events. You can watch them below.Full Story... →
Dr. Sarah Stitzlein, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati has written an important article about “building support for public education on the heels of Betsy DeVos.”
Dr. Stitzlein, in her commentary, “We are not consumers, but citizens when it comes to schools”, pleads for citizens to support and sustain the public common school as the key institution for preparing citizens for democracy.
“We need good public schools now more than ever to help us solve our problems, especially in light of our politically divided country,” Stitzlein concludes. “Let’s build on the momentum we witnessed in response to DeVos to improve […]Full Story... →
Jeanne Melvin, President of Public Education Partners (PEP) has developed a graphic that can be used to show school district patrons how a portion of their school levy funds flow to charters. Some state officials have argued that no local funds are involved in chartering. They may be aware that the use of revenue from local levies is restricted to the operation of the school district; hence, they fabricated the following argument:
· Districts must use their local revenue first for their district students
· Districts must use their state funds first for charter students
Before Ohio expands funding for charter school facilities, state officials should seriously investigate the California charter facilities disaster.
A group called In The Public Interest (ITPI) engaged Dr. Gordon Lafer, associate professor at the University of Oregon, to research the flaws of the California charter facilities policy. An April 2017 report of Lafer’s findings reveals that hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent each year without any meaningful strategy. Funds are thrown to charters with no statewide plan or local plans for efficient and effective use of the funds. Charter facilities are being built in locations where school […]Full Story... →
“The government should be run like a great American company.”
We’ve heard this tired, oft-repeated saw before. And if you follow this reasoning, those who come out of a corporate environment, as we are told by Jared Kushner and his father-in-law, possess training and knowledge superior to anyone else’s life experience.
But in our fact-free world of the present, should we ever totally believe this supposed truism?
Nope. But we can thank none other than The Donald for destroying a myth deeply embedded in our consciousness.
But why are people still believing this myth? […]Full Story... →
According to the Sunbury News:
A Columbus woman who took $88,750 earmarked to start a charter school in Powell was sentenced to three years in prison recently by Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Everett H. Krueger.
If a charter school operator is sent to prison for taking funds earmarked for start-up school, why aren’t some of the big time thieves in the charter school industry punished?
Taxpayers pay for charter students that are not participating in education. Charter operators form companies to provide high cost rental space for the charter schools they operate. All kinds of nefarious deals […]Full Story... →
The New York Times outed one of Columbus consultant Mark Weaver’s shady pro-charter school groups more than five years ago.
Like so many of the online charter chains, The Times found that K12 Schools did a terrible job of educating kids — but a magnificent job of enriching investors. It also found a pattern of smarmy tactics employed to try and discredit champions of charter school reform.
One such champion: Ohio legislator Stephen Dyer.
The Times has the details:
Former State Representative Stephen Dyer became suspicious when members of the benignly named organization My School, My Choice paraded through his northeastern […]Full Story... →
The guy who exhorted stalwarts in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention in July to Lock Her Up! could himself be vulnerable to being locked up as a result of not registering as a foreign agent with the U.S. Department of Justice.
As thousands of people have recently viewed the grating video of the retired three-star general working the crowd of rabid Hillary haters, many are thinking of one word to describe what has happened […]Full Story... →
In December, we were treated to two very interesting but seemingly unconnected events. One happening created large headlines and continued a nearly two-year long controversy. The other generated a few stories but was otherwise unnoticed on evening news programs.
Upon closer examination, the two events are very much related, and when you examine them together, they provide us a lesson to apply in the current political upheaval in this country.
But wait: the warning signal these two disparate stories generate is more important than what might be visible on the surface.
The first event was the waves made by Michigan Attorney […]Full Story... →
The OAPCS will be out of business at the end of this year. This organization has been an influential advocacy agent for Ohio’s publicly-funded, privately-operated charter industry. Some of the reasons for its demise are identified in a December 14 Columbus Dispatch article.
The dismal reputation of Ohio’s charter industry may be the reason funders have withdrawn their support of OAPCS. It is ironic the federal government has awarded a $71 million grant to expand the failed charter industry in Ohio.
The newly anticipated federal emphasis on expanding the failed charter industry will no doubt generate another […]Full Story... →