Ohio Gov. John Kasich found another safe, non-threatening venue to push his radical Republican agenda that includes a federal balanced budget amendment in Arizona.  Though we suspect not one Arizona legislator will confront the Lord’s choice for governor in Ohio this year, especially when it comes to why he’s silent on spending nearly $1 billion on charter schools that have failed miserably when stacked up against their public school counterparts. But a report released Wednesday by the The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank that authorizes charters in Ohio, shows negative findings overall for students in charters.

Performed by the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes [CREDO] of Stanford, established to improve empirical evidence about education reform and student performance at the primary and secondary levels, the study reports that over 40 percent of Ohio charter schools perform very poorly. “The students in these schools fall farther behind every year,” said report project director Margaret E. Raymond, Ph.D, who has come under fire as the wife of conservative economist Eric Hanushek. Critics also complain that CREDO is funded by the Walton Family Foundation, a long-time backer of charter schools.

“Overall, kids in [Ohio] charters lose 36 days of math and 14 days of reading to their traditional public school counterparts. Of the 68 statistically significant differences CREDO found between charters and public schools, 56 showed a negative charter school impact, and 12 showed a positive one,” said Stephen Dyer, who reviewed the findings of the latest CREDO study of Ohio charters. “There are good charters and bad charters, but on the whole, the findings are negative,” Dyer said. He notes that Ohio under Gov. Kasich spends more than $900 million a year for these disappointing results. “This money is taken away from community public schools,” he says.

Read the full [104 page] CREDO report.

“The purpose of the 27-State Analysis presented in this chapter is to provide an accurate and impartial assessment of the performance of charter schools in those states. The study includes 27 of the 43 states that allow charter schools to operate. These 27 states enroll over 95 percent of all the charter students across the country. The results of this study can therefore be viewed as a sound representation of the national picture of charter school performance.” [Source: CREDO]

Gov. Kasich is no fan of public schools, public school teachers and public school service personnel as his track record clearly shows. Off on his stealth campaign to run for President of the United States, the temperamental governor well known for his personality eruptions, especially to news groups and reporters he doesn’t like, is vulnerable to criticisms that he’s more than willing to waste precious tax dollars on ideological windmills, like charter schools, if it further his anti-union and right to work agenda. The Gospel according to governor and evangelist John Kasich have no room for legitimate, researched and documented reports like CREDO’s, which for anyone else would be used to politically bludgeon them to death.

But that’s basic Kasich, repeat the false narrative of being a uniter not a divider, while routinely converting massive amounts of public dollars into shameless private profits. To further evaluate how Ohio charter schools compare to Ohio public schools, find that information provided by Innovation Ohio here.