Peter Greene writes here about a charter school in Ohio that closed mid-year. The decision was made, the school closed, at least one student didn’t get the news and showed up to find that her school was gone.

Occurrences like this send a message to Ohio parents about charter schools. They come and go. That may be a reason charter enrollment in charters is declining in Ohio.

Greene writes:

“One of the things that you get with a pubic school that you do not get with a charter schools is a promise, a long term commitment to stay in place and keep your doors open. Folks in the Mahoning Valley (near Youngstown, Ohio and Sharon, Pennsylvania) were reminded of that as yet another charter school closed its doors with the year well under way.”

The school was opened to help students in academic distress, but things were going badly. So the school closed.

“The stated reason was money. It no longer made business sense to keep MVOC open, and since charter schools are ultimately businesses, it is business-based decisions that rule the day. Not student based, not community based, and not education based. Charter schools are businesses, and businesses close when it suits them. Food trucks do not factor in how badly the community needs a place to eat– only whether they can profit by serving that community. One more reason that modern charters are a bad fit for education.”