A reader from Ohio sent a list of the 50 districts in Ohio that have sent a bill to the state for the revenue diverted from their schools’ budgets to support charter schools, many of which perform far worse than the public schools.  Public school boards typically oppose privatization. Bill Phillis, a retired educator, leads the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy and encourages local districts to stand up against the charter school raids on their budgets. He reports each time a school board sends an invoice to the state for funds lost to charters.


CONGRATULATIONS to Bill Phillis and the 50 public school districts that have adopted resolutions to bill the state for charter school deductions!


1. Woodridge (Summit County)
2. Logan-Hocking (Hocking County)
3. Troy (Miami County)
4. Elyria (Lorain County)
5. Parma (Cuyahoga County)
6. West Clermont (Clermont County)
7. Cardinal (Geauga County)
8. Keystone (Lorain County)
9. Northmont (Montgomery County)
10. Jackson (Stark County)
11. Streetsboro (Portage County)
12. Firelands (Lorain County)
13. Lake Local (Wood County)
14. Bowling Green (Wood County)
15. Belpre (Washington County)
16. LaBrae (Trumbull County)
17. Southington (Trumbull County)
18. Beaver Local (Columbiana County)
19. Northridge (Montgomery County)
20. Claymont (Tuscarawas County)
21. Southern Local (Perry County)
22. Indian Creek (Jefferson County)
23. Green Local (Summit County)
24. Garaway Local (Tuscarawas County)
25. Xenia (Greene County)
26. Noble Local Schools (Noble County)
27. Adena Local Schools (Ross County)
28. Gallipolis (Gallia County)
29. Oak Hills (Jackson County)
30. Monroe Local (Butler County)
31. Liberty Union -Thurston Local Schools (Fairfield County)
32. Tuscarawas Valley Schools (Tuscarawas County)
33. Amherst Schools (Lorain County)
34. Huron City Schools (Erie County)
35. Fairborn City Schools (Greene County)
36. Champion Local Schools (Trumbull County)
37. Washington Local Schools (Lucas County)
38. Euclid City Schools (Cuyahoga County)
39. Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools (Lorain County)
40. Dayton City Schools (Montgomery County)
41. Bristol Local Schools (Trumbull County)
42. North Ridgeville Local Schools (Lorain County)
43. Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools (Cuyahoga County)
44. Fairbanks Local Schools (Union County)
45. Plain Local Schools (Stark County)
46. Wellston City Schools (Jackson County)
47. Vandalia Butler City Schools (Montgomery County)
48. Twinsburg City Schools (Summit County)
49. Morgan Local Schools (Morgan County)

50. Vinton County School District



Bill Phillis posted just a few days ago about Vinton County joining the list.


He writes:


Vinton County Local School District added to the list of districts that have invoiced the state for charter school deductions.

Ohio charters began to operate, with tax money in tow, in 1999 amid great fanfare and the promise of setting the pace for educational excellence. Promoters promised that via innovation, creativity and competition, charters would spur improvements in the traditional public school system.

The stark contrast between promise and product has smudged the charter brand beyond repair. This $7 billion boondoggle of broken promises, low performance, nepotism, fiscal fraud and corruption is being propped up by deceptive marketing, clever lobbyists and lucrative campaign contributions; but the industry cannot survive because the reality of it is being exposed.

Boards of education, school administrators and teacher leaders are drawing a line in the sand. The public common school community from the Lake to the River, from Dayton City to Vinton County Local is pushing back. The tactic of invoicing the state for charter deductions is just one example of the growing resistance to the failed charter experiment.
William Phillis
Ohio E & A



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