Just 43 of the 153 students listed in attendance records at Dayton Technology Design High School were present when investigators from the state Auditor’s office conducted a surprise, random head count at 30 charter schools across the state, according to a report issued Thursday.
The surprise head count uncovered wide discrepancies in the number of kids in class versus the attendance numbers reported by the schools to state officials, State Auditor Dave Yost said. Attendance discrepancies were found at three other Montgomery County-based charters — City Day Community School, Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School and Richard Allen Preparatory.
On Oct. 1, Yost deployed 30 auditors to 30 schools to take attendance. Yost found problems in 16 schools, including significant attendance issues in seven charters that target drop out students. Among the seven is Dayton Technology Design High School, which is sponsored by Dayton City Schools.