Charter Org That Certified ECOT Forced to Close After Losing Billionaire Funding

We'd heard on the grapevine that the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) was in dire financial straits, then this email from them seemed to confirm their days were numbered

The Dispatch brings some background to their problems, and it appears they have no one to blame but themselves.

One of Ohio’s leading charter-school lobbying and advocacy organizations is disbanding after a decade of shaping the state’s charter-school policy. Some say its demise stems from Ohio’s poor charter-school record, which is causing national funders to pull their support.

The Alliance once counted on the charter movement’s heavy-hitters, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gund Foundation, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. But its website listed none of those as current funders.

Many charter-school operators have pointed to dwindling national funding because of Ohio’s poor national reputation in the charter-school movement. 

It is ironic that the Alliance's defense of Ohio's charters, no matter the quality, has led to their funders being so embarrassed by the results that they have pulled their financial support. If The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools had been an advocate for quality, rather than privatization and for-profit expansion, they could have been a force for good.

Instead they backed schools like ECOT, even going so far as to "certify" them.  

ECOT is fully accredited by AdvancED and the North Central Association (NCA), and is certified by the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS).

Any charter school organization that supports, certifies, or otherwise vouches for poor quality schools like ECOT deserve all they get.