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Stipends were paid to students and parents from ECOT to travel to certain venues, such as testing sites and graduation. Probably no law was broken, so what is the big deal?

The big deal is that the law permits gross misuse of tax dollars in the charter industry. To name a few:

Laundered dollars for campaign contributions Tens of millions of dollars for TV ads and other media buys Carnival-type events to attract students Stipends for students who recruit other students Hundreds of millions of dollars flowing to out-of-state charter management companies The list goes on and on

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This week we learned the ECOT ripoff cost taxpayers at least $200 million, while Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine did nothing but cash their campaign checks. Local Ohio school officials are not happy.

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Using the current law, charter management companies are allowed to select the charter school board of education.How preposterous! House Bill 707 should address this charter industry flaw.

Under Ohio law, a charter management company can set up a charter school, shop for a sponsor and select the board for the charter. Not hard to find a sponsor. Sponsors, like St. Aloysius Orphanage and Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, tap into charter industry revenue streams. This ludicrous policy attracts individuals and groups allured by lucre.

A reader recently wrote about the dangers of charters school, saying, “The most important item that needs […]

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Bob Applebaum, Maple Heights School District Treasurer, spoke about the experience of Maple Heights with ECOT students at a June 6 Statehouse news conference conducted by Innovation Ohio. He is not quoted in a June 7 Columbus Dispatch article that covered the news conference, but his message is critically important.

Applebaum started his statement by saying: “…There is a big difference between a for-profit business and the business of educating students K-12.  Anyone who says “you should run a public school district like a business” is out of touch with reality. And anyone who says a “privately run for-profit […]

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A May 27 Columbus Dispatch Capitol Insider article poses the question, “Who gets credit for reining in ECOT?” It seems the Attorney General wants credit.

The article quoted Joshua Eck, DeWine’s gubernatorial campaign spokesman, who said: “Mike DeWine is the only elected official who has made real progress in this case.” Eck went on to say “Everything that has been done about ECOT has been done through the attorney general’s representation.”

Yeah, right.

Now that disgraced ECOT is politically toxic, various politicians want to the credit for its demise. The State Auditor has filed a motion to intervene in the Lake Erie West lawsuit which […]

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Today, something unpredictable happened in a House committee: a pro-public education amendment nearly passed.

The House Education committee was scheduled to consider amendments and vote on an education deregulation bill (SB216). That didn’t happen, however, after committee Democrats put forward an amendment that would have prohibited the state from taking over local school districts that score too low on state tests. Under House Bill 70, Youngstown and Lorain local schools have been placed under the control of appointed CEOs with a wide range of latitude to cancel labor contracts, privatize and restructure district operations.

Today’s amendment was offered by Rep […]

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State Rep Andy Brenner is so desperate not to have to give back his contributions from the scandal-plagued founder of ECOT, he’s claiming he didn’t take them. (He did).

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Every watchdog elected to investigate and stop the fraudulent use of taxpayer money has taken campaign contributions from the originator of the single-largest fraud in state history.

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As the ECOT debacle plays out, it becomes evident that politics gave it life, but now politics is exposing its corruption and thus its shame and destruction.

While the ECOT Man was on the rags-to-riches trajectory, certain state officials, who were immersed in ECOT campaign funds, protected the ECOT business enterprise. ECOT has never been focused on education. Profit has been the objective and when ECOT was caught cheating taxpayers, it went out-of-business not because it was among the worst performing “schools” in the history of the United States, but because it was no longer a profitable business. Now that […]

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An April 17 Fordham Institute review of the Governor’s education legacy shows Fordham and the Governor seem to be on the same page regarding education issues.

Fordham:

The Governor established the A-F Report Card. Fordham laments that it is now in jeopardy. The Governor provided passionate support for the Third Grade Guarantee. Fordham says the jury is still out on the effects of it. The Governor’s early efforts focused on lifting limitations on the creation of new charters and providing facility assistance but then supported charter sponsor evaluations and additional charter school accountability. Fordham says charter accountability could be […]

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As politicians shift from the primary to the general election, thousands of high school students face an uncertain road to a diploma due to an inequitable and flawed assessment system. With a long-term solution to the graduation problem a few years away, the legislature applied a temporary, if unproven, fix for the class of 2018. They have yet to act in the interest of the classes of 2019 and 2020 despite increasing pressure to do just that.

Just over a dozen states require students to satisfy the requirements of an assessment system in order to graduate. Ohio is one of […]

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