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Board members of Turkish-run charter schools won’t answer questions about citizenship or leadership roles
The names of school board members at Ohio’s publicly funded Horizon and Noble charter schools are unlike those on traditional public school boards.
Charter, or community schools, in Ohio must market themselves to parents and students in order to survive. The ads promise everything from flexibility, one-on-one teaching, safety and better education to entice parents, potential students.
Charter school advocates and officials in Ohio say the best charter schools have the strong leaders and strong board members.
Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings is the newest member of the Ohio Board of Education. She brings with her a long history in education affairs. She also favors schools partnering with businesses, community officials and parents.
An investigation into the accountability of charter schools by the Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet has led to two lawmakers asking for changes in state law. The legislation would require private operators and sponsors to comply with public record requests and the state to annually audit those operators and sponsors.
At the same time that Ohio requires public school districts to bus charter school students, it is has eliminated money to buy new buses and reduced funding transportation assistance. This forces some local school districts to contract with private busing companies and pay more per mile for each student. The added costs come from local school district’s general fund, which is funded by local taxpayers.
Student reporters with The News Outlet contacted nearly 300 charter schools in Ohio in an effort to obtain basic public information. Only one in four schools complied with the requests.
The IRS has a list of 74 questions to determine if a charter school qualifies for non-profit, tax-exempt status. As part of a look at school choice by the Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet, 26 of the questions were analyzed in regards to White Hat Management practices showing some possible problems.