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 school advocates and officials in Ohio say the best charter schools have the strong leaders and strong board members.
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.
The charter-school movement in the U.S. began in earnest in the early 1990s. However, there have been several “community” schools cropping up in Ohio. The News Outlet offers a vocabulary lesson on these schools.