The charter school policy in Ohio produces results that are tantamount to state-sponsored taxpayer and child abuse. Corruption, frequent charter closings, broken promises regarding performance, huge profits on the backs of students and nepotism create the charter narrative.
This tax guzzling industry started as an $11 million experiment. Without any evaluation, the "experiment" escalated to an annual financial drain of about $1 billion from school districts.
With new appropriate regulations, including the elimination of for-profit management companies, elimination of privately-operated, non-profit sponsors, and a credible monitoring process the financial drain from school districts could be cut in half within a year.
Diligent monitoring of the charter industry by the governor, attorney general, state auditor and the Ohio Department of Education (under a mandate from the State Board of Education), would be required; otherwise reforms to the charter industry would be largely ineffective.
The time is now to protect school districts from charter waste. The public is becoming aware of the dreadful charter industry.