The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) 10th annual conference is being held on December 6-8 in Columbus Ohio.
Organizations typically honor special friends in high places. State Auditor Dave Yost and Senator Cliff Hite are special OAPCS honorees this year.
Representative Andrew Brenner is also being featured during some special events at the conference.
All three men have received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the ECOT founder Bill Lager.
Ron Packard, the former K-12, Inc. online charter company (Ohio Virtual Academy) and now owner of several Ohio charters is prominent on the program. Mr. Packard, before leaving K-12, Inc., received a $5 million annual salary and $20 million in company stocks.
The funds to operate the Ohio charter industry are extracted from Ohio school districts. Public schools have lost $9 billion to charters since 1999.
William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding