Charter operators regularly evade Ohio’s automatic-closure law, investigation finds
Posted January 09, 2013 in Press ReleasesFull reportDownload press release
Schools, management companies avoid academic accountability
Of the 20 charter schools mandated to close for academic failure under Ohio’s 2008 automatic-closure law, seven are still operating in the same location under new names, most with significant staff overlap, according to an investigation by Policy Matters Ohio. An eighth school avoided a closure order by shutting down a year early and reopening under a new name.
“The ability of schools and their management companies to skirt Ohio law reveals a systemic flaw in charter oversight,” said Piet van Lier, report co-author and education researcher at Policy Matters. “Until Ohio strengthens its charter-closure law, the state will continue to fall short of the goal of improving public education for all Ohio’s children.”
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