State school board member seeks audit of Ohio charter office

Attorney and retired judge A.J. Wagner told U.S. Charter Schools Program Director Stefan Huh in a Monday email that an outside review is the only way to accurately determine what happened in the state's charter oversight office last year.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A member of Ohio’s state school board has asked federal education officials to seek an independent audit of the state Department of Education.

Attorney and retired judge A.J. Wagner told U.S. Charter Schools Program Director Stefan Huh in a Monday email that an outside review is the only way to accurately determine what happened in the state’s charter oversight office last year.

The office’s then-director, David Hansen, acknowledged he omitted failing grades from certain charter-school sponsor evaluations. The evaluations were rescinded, and Hansen resigned. No further action has been taken against him or others in the office.

Hansen’s wife manages Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign.

Wagner says he’s concerned that an ongoing review by Auditor Dave Yost, a fellow Republican who’s co-chairing Kasich’s campaign, won’t be objective. Yost disagrees.

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