Ohio Submits New Figures on State’s Failing Charter Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s new superintendent has submitted significantly less rosy charter school performance data to federal regulators deciding whether to release a $71 million charter school grant awarded to the state.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Superintendent Lonny Rivera’s figures in a Jan. 29 letter reflect that Ohio has 10 times as many failing charter schools and only about half as many high-performing ones as previously reported.

Department of Education officials say Ohio has 57 total poor-performing charter schools, not just the six reported in the state’s grant application in July.

Federal regulators put Ohio’s charter-school grant disbursement on hold in November following concerns regarding the state Department of Education’s alleged rigging of charter school evaluations.

Rivera says the figures initially reported in Ohio’s grant application were based on federal guidelines.