Dick Ross blind to charter disaster

As part of the recent school report card revamp, the legislature directed the Ohio Department of Education to rank and sort schools. If the goal was to shame traditional public schools, the release of that ranking has backfired spectacularly. The ranking can be downloaded here.

Out of the bottom 200 districts, just 21 are traditional public schools, the remaining 179 are charter schools!. Considering there are far more traditional public schools in Ohio than charters this is an incredible result.

In the bottom 100, only 3 are public districts (Dayton, East Cleveland, and Warrensville Heights) the remaining schools are all charters. The bottom 100 are all listed below.

In light of this stunning news of charter failure, Dick Ross, the state superintendent was asked about it

Mr. Ross said he visits a lot of high-quality charter schools. "When I hear people criticizing community schools, I say well, yeah, but you know I've been to some and seen some not so good traditional schools," he said.

When asked if Ohio's closure laws for charters are adequate, he said, "I think we probably need to do more with dealing with traditional brick and mortar schools and community schools."

"Right now poor-performing school districts, I'm able to start academic distress committees with them. I probably, to be honest, have more control over closing community schools than I do traditional schools..."

It is stunning that the State Superintendent, when faced with incontrovertible evidence of the the failure of charter schools instead points towards traditional public schools, of which only 3 districts appear in the bottom 100, as an area he wants to focus on. This should come as no surprise as Ross recently hired a tea party reactionary to oversee the charter school disaster in Ohio, even though that reactionary is more interested in bashing teachers unions that addressing charter school quality.

Make no mistake, Dick Ross is failing Ohio's students by the blindness caused by his ideological crusade.

2013 PI Ranking District Name District Org Type 2013 Grade Span
762 Horizon Science Academy-Cincinnati Community School K-12
763 Summit Academy Toledo Learning Center Community School K-12
764 Southern Ohio Academy Community School 7-12
764 Urbana Community School Community School K-12
766 Lakeland Academy Community School Community School K-12
767 Groveport Community School Community School K-8
768 STEAM Academy of Warren Community School K-8
769 Dayton City Public District K-12
770 Arts and Science Preparatory Academy Community School K-12
771 Summit Academy Transition High School-Columbus Community School 8-12,UNG
772 Hope Academy Cuyahoga Campus Community School K-8
773 Hope Academy Chapelside Campus Community School K-8
774 Hope Academy University Community School K-8
775 Summit Academy Akron Middle School Community School 5-10,UNG
776 Summit Academy Akron Elementary School Community School K,1-10,UNG
777 East Cleveland City Public District K-12
778 Imagine Hill Avenue Community School K-12
779 Horizon Science Academy Dayton Downtown Community School K-12
780 Knight Academy Community School 4-8
781 South Scioto Academy Community School K-12
782 Horizon Science Academy-Dayton Community School K-12
783 City Day Community School Community School K-8
784 North Central Academy Community School 6-12
785 Constellation Schools: Mansfield Community Middle Community School 4-8
786 Dayton Leadership Academies-Dayton Liberty Campus Community School K-8
787 Ashland County Community Academy Community School 9-12
788 Bella Academy of Excellence Community School K-8
789 North Dayton School Of Science & Discovery Community School K-8
790 Springfield Academy of Excellence Community School K-6
791 A+ Children's Academy Community School K-12
792 Midnimo Cross Cultural Community School Community School K-12
793 Eagle Academy Community School K-12
794 Pearl Academy Community School K-12
795 Lakewood Digital Academy Community School K-12
796 Northpointe Academy Community School K-12
797 Cincinnati Speech & Reading Intervention Center Community School K-8
798 C.M. Grant Leadership Academy Community School K-8
799 Harvard Avenue Community School Community School K-8
800 Educational Academy for Boys & Girls Community School K-12
801 Foxfire Intermediate School Community School K-8
802 Summit Academy Community School-Parma Community School K,1-12,UNG
803 Summit Academy Alternative LearnersWarren Middle & Secondary Community School 5-12,UNG
804 Focus Learning Academy of Northern Columbus Community School K-8
805 Warrensville Heights City Public District K-12
806 Lorain High School Digital Community School K-12
807 Constellation Schools: Outreach Academy for Students with Di Community School K-12
808 Summit Academy Community School - Painesville Community School K,1-10,UNG
809 Summit Academy Community School - Cincinnati Community School K,1-8,UNG
810 Autism Model School Community School K-12
811 Southside Academy Community School K-12
812 Lake Erie Academy Community School K-12
813 Summit Academy Community School-Warren Community School K,1-10,UNG
814 Dayton Leadership Academies-Dayton View Campus Community School K-8
815 Summit Acdy Comm Schl for Alternative Learners of Middletown Community School K,1-10,UNG
816 Garfield Academy Community School K-12
817 Summit Academy Middle School - Lorain Community School 5-10,UNG
818 Star Academy of Toledo Community School K-12
819 Summit Academy-Youngstown Community School K-12
820 Columbus Bilingual Academy-North Community School K-8
821 Summit Academy Community School - Dayton Community School K,1-12,UNG
822 Youngstown Academy of Excellence Community School K-12
823 Academy of Educational Excellence Community School K-5
824 V L T Academy Community School K-12
825 Summit Academy Secondary School - Middletown Community School 8-12,UNG
826 Imagine Woodbury Academy Community School K-8
827 Imagine Cleveland Academy Community School K-6
828 Cesar Chavez College Preparatory School Community School K-5
829 Klepinger Community School Community School K-8
830 Renaissance Academy Community School K-12
831 Premier Academy of Ohio Community School 6-12
832 Summit Academy Community School Alternative Learners -Xenia Community School K,1-10,UNG
833 Cincinnati Leadership Academy Community School K-8
834 Summit Academy Secondary - Canton Community School 8-12,UNG
835 Quest Community School Community School 9-12
836 Summit Academy Middle School - Columbus Community School 5-12,UNG
837 Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learn-Canton Community School K,1-10,UNG
838 Summit Academy Community School Alternative Learners-Lorain Community School K,1-10,UNG
839 Believe to Achieve-Canton Community School K-12
840 Summit Academy Community School-Columbus Community School K,1-10,UNG
841 Imagine on Superior Community School K-6
842 Summit Academy Community School-Toledo Community School K,1-10,UNG
843 Accelerated Achievement Academy of East Cincinnati Community School 9-12
844 Cleveland Community School Community School K-12
845 Villaview Community School Community School K-9
846 Dow Leadership Institute, The Community School K-12
847 Broadway Academy Community School K-8
848 Young Scholars Prep School Community School K-12
849 Woodland Academy Community School K-12
850 Summit Academy Secondary - Youngstown Community School 8-12,UNG
851 Accelerated Achievement Academy of North Cincinnati Community School 9-12
852 Brookwood Academy Community School 3-12
853 College Hill Leadership Academy Community School K-8
854 Mollie Kessler Community School 1-8
855 Theodore Roosevelt Public Community School Community School K-12
856 Mansfield Elective Academy Community School K-9
857 Imagine Integrity Academy Community School K-8
858 Hope Academy for Autism Community School K-12
859 Believe To Achieve-Cleveland Community School K-12
860 East End Comm Heritage School Community School K-12
861 Virtual Schoolhouse, Inc. Community School K-12
862 UBAH Math & Reading Academy Community School K-8

How can Dick Ross and the Governor look at that list and think that Ohio's charter school status quo is acceptable?

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