Online schools have rendered the compulsory attendance law invalid for thousands of students by not monitoring attendance. Any responsible person involved in education realizes that attendance laws must be enforced. School officials have the responsibility to ensure that students attend school. But many online providers argue their only responsibility is to offer the program.
After 15 years of charter operators being paid for students not participating, the Ohio Department of Education finally decided to actually audit student participation in online charters. According to the Plain Dealer article, some of the online providers are currently lobbying the legislature to forgive their transgressions of collecting money for students they are not educating. In view of the political influence of the online charter industry, they will probably get a legislative pass. Hence, local school officials and concerned citizens must act. An initiative petition for a law or a constitutional amendment may be the only option.
William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding
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