Currently Ohio has almost 100,000 students attending 339 charter schools, costing tax payers about $720 million a year. The Governors new budget seeks to significantly privatize public education further.
With so much at stake, there's currently a lot of lobbying going on, and lot of that lobbying is around this issue
As introduced, Kasich's budget pins more responsibility on sponsors by forbidding them from adding schools if any of their current schools are in academic watch or academic emergency, the state's two lowest rankings.
Seems reasonable that we would want authorizers to only be sponsoring quality school programs. But there's a hitch, and it's a big one
One would think these organizations would want to spend some time fixing their current failing schools, but no, that's not what is being lobbied for in Columbus
20 percent! That's an awful lot of students being left behind. What does the Governor's education Czar think?
Well of course he is. This massive expansion of charter schools has nothing to do with improving education quality. It's about the bottom line.