It’s a bad week to be David Hansen, who heads Ohio’s charter school accountability office.
The Columbus Dispatch tells us that the Imagine Columbus Primary Academy, a chronically failing charter, might be forced to close its doors amid concerns over an exorbitant, conflict-laden lease that leaves little money for classroom instruction.
WDTN in Dayton reports that three people were convicted of bribery and taking kickbacks at a Dayton charter.
And today the ODE sent letters to three charter schools (Imagine Cleveland, Villaview and Cleveland Community School) threatening to shut the schools down because their “performance has generally been a failure.”
While these developments are new, charter school scandals in Ohio are routine. In fact, Ohio’s charters are so famously bad that even the head of the pro-charter group, StudentsFirst, said that most Ohio charter schools “stink.”
Lest anyone think the comment was taken out of context, here is the full quote from Greg Harris, who directs StudentsFirst Ohio:
“We think a lot of them (charters) need to be closed, because they’re not doing a good job,” Harris said. “We think charters have a role in the education base, but we also think most of the charters in Ohio stink.”
Back to David Hansen, whose official title is head of the Office of Quality School Choice and Funding.
What does he do for the tax dollars we pay him? Has he taken any steps to correct the pattern of wrongdoing? Does he have a position on the charter school reform bills moving through the legislature?
Lots of other folks have positions and are not shy about giving them.
(Read more at Plunderbund)