Ohio Group Seeks Grand Jury Probe of Ex-Charter School Head

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A liberal policy group is calling for a grand jury probe about a former Ohio education official who resigned this summer after acknowledging he omitted failing grades from certain charter-school sponsor evaluations.

In a letter to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien on Tuesday, ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis said six months have passed without a full-scale investigation of former School Choice Director David Hansen.

Theis notes in the three-page letter that O’Brien’s office investigated and successfully prosecuted several high-ranking employees of the Columbus City Schools who participated in a data manipulation scam with similarities.

O’Brien wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Hansen acknowledged omitting F grades of certain online and dropout recovery schools from sponsor evaluations so as not to “mask” successes elsewhere. He resigned, and the evaluations were retracted.