Panel questions charter school accountability



YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Just how accountable are Ohio’s charter schools– and the manage companies that operate them?

That was the subject of a panel discussion Monday night hosted by The League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown.

Experts spoke to this crowd of community members, educational leaders and elected officials.

Research shows Ohio taxpayers have invested almost $10 billion dollars in charter schools over the last 20 years– $900,000,000 this year alone.

“The test scores sometimes don’t have to be reported the same way, if the schools are small, or they get breaks once in a while for the first couple of years. They don’t have to report so a lot of it has to do with politics,” said Doug Oplinger, Akron Beacon Journal managing editor.

Oplinger said the Akron Beacon Journal is working with the News Outlet, a student journalism group at YSU to create a database to serve parents and the public with information on the state’s 400 charters schools and how the Ohio School choice program works.



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