Archives for October 2016

Many charter school sponsors failing

According to the Ohio Department of Education, nearly one-third of the state’s current charter school sponsors are not meeting standards. Twenty-one organizations received “poor” ratings, while 39 others were rated “ineffective.” These latter groups are barred from sponsoring any additional schools until they create improvement plans and show they are addressing problems. Of 65 sponsors, only five were deemed “effective, ” while none were rated “exemplary.” The sponsors manage 29 charter schools, all of which received “poor” state ratings. They won’t have to close, but many will have to find new sponsors. This evaluation is the first after the state was cited for omitting the results of failing schools and the Ohio Legislature passed reform measures.