State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today called for the resignation of State Superintendent Richard Ross and an investigation into the Ohio Department of Education after it was reported that top department officials neglected to include failing online schools in a key evaluation of charter school oversight agencies. The deliberate omission by officials boosted the ratings of two oversight agencies, potentially qualifying them for new state perks.
Rep. Fedor released the following statement today:
“I am outraged by what appears to be a deliberate violation of the law in order to cover up the widespread failure of online and dropout recovery charter schools. I believe the state superintendent should step down immediately as the result of alleged violations and data-scrubbing of online charter schools grades that took place under his leadership.”
“Parents deserve to know which schools are best fit to help prepare their children for success, and purposely putting forth misleading information is both morally and legally criminal. I believe that too many questions remain regarding any potential wrongdoing, and that we need a swift investigation into the matter. Lawmakers and parents deserve answers.”