Documents released on Thursday confirm that David Hansen, John Kasich’s former school choice chief, intentionally altered data about charter schools on a state report in order to improve the rankings of some large charter school sponsors- some of whom are big campaign donors to John Kasich and other Ohio Republicans. The records show that other Ohio Department of Education staff warned Hansen that doing so might be illegal.
Hansen, husband of Beth Hansen, John Kasich’s chief of staff, had previously been caught altering data to improve charter school rankings when he worked at the Buckeye Institute. Like John Kasich, the Buckeye Institute was also receiving money from David Brennan, owner of White Hat Management, a charter school operator whose ratings were positively impacted by Hansen’s data manipulation.
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