Charter School Accountability


Ohio is the “wild west” for charter schools. Privately run schools that receive tax payer money need to be better regulated.

Charter supporters sold the concept to Ohio in 1997 with a promise that they would offer a better academic alternative to traditional public schools. What began with just 15 schools has grown rapidly. Today, Ohio is the sixth-largest charter school state in the nation.  It’s also a national laughingstock.

Consider this:

  • The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), described Ohio as having a free-for-all in who is allowed to “authorize” new charter schools – help create them, oversee them, help them improve and (rarely) close them when needed. The group called Ohio the “Wild, Wild West”of charter authorizers.
  • Greg Harris, head of the pro-charter group, StudentsFirst Ohio, told the Columbus Dispatch, “We think charters have a role in the education base, but we also think most of the charters in Ohio stink.”
  • Macke Raymond, director of Stanford’s Center for Research of Educational Outcomes (CREDO), unveiled a new report that showed Ohio students learn less in charter schools than in traditional districts – the equivalent of 36 days of learning in math and 14 days in reading.

ProgressOhio has uncovered a number of scandals in Ohio charter schools. You can see our work below.