charter schools

The state’s first charter school applicant, River Cities Academy, lost its appeal to the Kentucky Board of Education. The board decided Tuesday not to overturn a decision by Newport Independent Schools to deny the group a charter.

A group of parents in Northern Kentucky wanted to open the state’s first charter school, called River Cities Academy (RCA), pulling students from six districts along the river. According to the application, the school was to serve a “diverse learner population” in grades K-8, and focus on closing the achievement gap through experiential learning.

A new study by advocates for school choice shows charter schools in urban areas are underfunded. The group is making the case at the same time Gov. Mike DeWine and lawmakers are coming up with a new two-year state budget. 

Cincinnati Public Schools are preparing to accept students from a failed electronic charter school. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) closed after the state of Ohio questioned its enrollment numbers and cut off funding.

Andy Chow

This year began with a shift in the tide when it comes to accountability and transparency for charter schools in Ohio. But the year ends with some big questions marks remaining about what standards online charter schools should meet.

This year an enrollment audit found that the state’s largest online charter school dramatically over-reported how many full-time students were enrolled.

Center on Reinventing Public Education

A report out Wednesday on the state of U.S. public schools finds performance is relatively flat. But the study from the University of Washington suggests Cincinnati's public and charter schools are making progress.

The Ohio Supreme Court decision that nearly a hundred million dollars in equipment bought by charter school operators with tax money belongs to those operators and not to the schools has raised more anger against the industry.

Ohio School Board Wants More Info On Charter Scandal, Youngstown Take-over

Sep 16, 2015

Ohio’s top education leader took a grilling in his first interaction with the state board of education since the charter school data scrubbing scandal went public.

And, at the same meeting, Democrats on the Ohio Board of Education made it clear they see the state take-over of Youngstown city schools as another in a series of moves by Gov. John Kasich’s administration to promote charter schools.

The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with a controversial charter school operator in a very narrow decision.

The case involved 10 Cleveland-area charter schools that contracted with White Hat Management to operate them.

Former Ohio House Speaker hired to help charter school company

Mar 3, 2015
Andy Chow/Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio House is considering a list of reforms aimed at cracking down on bad charter schools and the companies that manage them. One for-profit charter company is getting help from the recently retired Speaker of the Ohio House.

Charter school advocates speaking at the University of Colorado over the weekend took aim at several underperforming charters in Ohio.  Part of the reason was because of the poor performance of the management company that runs the under-performing online school Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT. 

Spot checks discover students missing from some Ohio charter schools

Jan 23, 2015
Andy Chow/Ohio Public Radio

Investigators in Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office swept through 30 charter schools and 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.

“I frankly was shocked to find that 50% seems to be the average,’’ Yost said. “I think most of the folks in the legislature if you asked them without any backing they would be surprised by 50% attendance rate.”