Yost demands repayment of nearly $300,000 in state money

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost demanded repayment of nearly $300,000 on Thursday from Columbus-area educators who apparently pocketed the tax money meant to benefit students.

In the first case, a would-be charter-school operator received $88,750 for a school she never opened.

According to the annual audit of Ohio’s financial records, Wendy Marshall received the state aid to open the Directional Academy in Columbus in the fall of 2013 under the sponsorship of the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

Yost said the misspending was the latest problem in Ohio’s system of privately operated, publicly funded charter schools.

“The system is busted, broken and doesn’t work,” Yost said. “When everyone is responsible, no one is responsible. Ohio’s chaotic supervision of charter schools is inadequate and needs reformed. ”

The audit also uncovered problems at a private school in Hilliard.

(Read more at the Dispatch.com).