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 schools must market themselves to survive

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 report leads to proposed legislative changes

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.

Taxpayers bear brunt of charter school transportation

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.

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SEO_Logo Getting information from charter schools difficult
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.
SEO_Logo IRS criteria determines non-profit status for charter schools
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.
Administrators, board members and employees of White Hat Management prepare for a bi-monthly board meeting for University Academy and Brown Street Academy, two Akron charter schools managed by White Hat. (Photo by Matt Hawout/TheNewsOutlet.org) Board members at White Hat charter schools say they have little control over public funds
White Hat Management has more control over public funds for the community schools it manages than the school board for that school. At the University and Brown Street Academies, the school board controls unrestricted money, which amounts to 0.1 percent of the $2.1 million received from the state. Also, in some cases, the management company has hand-picked the board for the charter school. This raises issues with the IRS about the school’s non-profit status.
SEO_Logo Confusion ensues when discussing community versus charter schools
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.
Student reporters with The News Outlet contacted nearly 300 community schools in Ohio in an effort to obtain basic public information. Only one in four schools complied with the requests. Andrew Bush/TheNewsOutlet.org Some Ohio charter schools tight-lipped when asked about basic details
The Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet contacted nearly 300 community schools in Ohio asking for such basic information as who runs the school and who is on the school board. Only one in four answered all the questions. Although community schools receive public funds, not all comply fully when it comes to accountability.