Fedor Calls On Ohio Education Officials To Hold Online Charter Schools Accountable
Says new report shows online charters value profit over children's success
October 28, 2015
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State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today called on the Ohio Department of Education to develop new state evaluation standards that hold failing online charter schools accountable after a new Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) report showed that students in online charter schools in Ohio and elsewhere lose up to a year of learning compared to their peers in traditional public schools. According to the report, students in Ohio online charter schools lose out on the equivalent of 144 days of math and 79 days of reading. 

“Like any school, online charter schools must provide students with a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in the 21st century. However, this deeply troubling report clearly shows what we have long suspected – that online charter schools are failing to properly educate our children,” said Fedor. “The e-school model values profits over student achievement, and tens of thousands of Ohio children are suffering as a consequence. After years of failed results, Ohio officials must move to demand improvement or expedite closure. Ohio’s children attending today cannot wait – their future depends upon it.”

The Ohio Department of Education is currently re-calculating evaluations of charter school sponsors after the former school choice chief David Hansen – husband to Gov. Kasich’s presidential campaign manager – resigned after illegally omitting e-school scores from the initial evaluations. 

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