The December 13 PD editorial tosses roses to the legislature for not giving a pass to ECOT and other online charters regarding the funds they owe for not being able to document the participation of tens of thousands of their “students.”
That is good news for taxpayers but that could change in a legislative heartbeat when the 132nd General Assembly convenes in January 2017. Granted the glass may be half full; but some pertinent questions remain:
- Will the 132nd General Assembly intervene in favor of online charters?
- Will the Ohio Department of Education audit the online charters for the years prior to 2015-2016?
- If any funds are retrieved, will school districts be reimbursed?
- How will the enrolled students who did not participate in learning activities make up the work missed?
The Ohio charter experiment has produced chaotic results. Tax funds have been squandered and hundreds of thousands of students have suffered irreparable educational harm by the deregulation of chartering.
William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding