COLUMBUS—ProgressOhio today urged Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stop dragging his feet and launch a grand jury investigation into Ohio’s efforts to conceal poor grades for some chronically failing online charter schools.
In a letter dated Jan. 5, Executive Director Sandy Theis urged O’Brien to initiate the probe.
He responded today in a letter that said, “When a citizen or group claims a crime has been committed the matter must be investigated by a law enforcement agency with jurisdiction or by a relevant state office or agency. Grand jury proceedings follow the investigation conducted by law enforcement or the relevant investigative agency, and on occasion this office may review the work with the investigators in the process.’’
He also restated his belief that State Auditor David Yost is looking the potential crimes outlined by ProgressOhio and “will identify any matters to be a violation of law.’’
The following is a statement from Theis:
“Ron O’Brien has the discretion to initiate a grand jury investigation into this and any matter of great public importance. It was been six months since Mr. Hansen resigned and six months since Republicans on the state school board said he broke the law.
Good investigators know that the longer it takes to get started, the colder the trail becomes. The time to act was months ago.”