For Immediate Release:
Contact: Sandy Theis, ProgressOhio 614-940-0131
COLUMBUS – Legislators must quickly pass a new law that says the public – not charter school operators – own classroom desks, computers and other equipment purchased with taxpayer money.
The proposed change is in response to today’s Ohio Supreme Court ruling that said charter school operators, not the schools on behalf of the public, own the equipment.
“Legislators must fix this injustice,’’ said ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis. “If the law is not changed, dishonest charter school operators will be able to legally fleece taxpayers for decades.’’
The high-court’s ruling is a victory for White Hat Management Co., a firm that operates some of the state’s worst performing charter schools but has a strong record of getting what it wants from lawmakers. White Hat is owned by Akron’s David Brennan. He and Bill Lager, owner of the Columbus-based Electronic Classroom ofTomorrow, are major contributors to Republican candidates and causes.