State School Board Member Seeks Audit of Ohio Charter Office

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio school board member has asked federal education officials to seek an independent audit of the state Department of Education, although the state board rejected the proposal.

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

The office’s then-director, David Hansen, acknowledged omitting 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 The evaluations were rescinded, and Hansen resigned.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 an ongoing review by Auditor Dave Yost, a fellow Republican co-chairing Kasich’s campaign, won’t be objective. Yost disagrees.