The charter bloom is fading. Legislators in Ohio are trying to prop up enrollments as public turns against charters.


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Good news: Charter enrollment and financial deductions from school districts are down—Bad news: HB 166 is very charter friendly
The table shows that charter enrollment has dropped from 122,129.74 in FY 2014 to 106,216.73 in FY 2019 and is at 104,754.75 this fiscal year (current year could change substantially.) The 2018-2019 charter deduction from school districts was $68 million less than the deduction in school year 2014-2015.
HB 166 loosened charter regulations that potentially saved about 60 charters from closing and appropriated a huge bundle of money for “high performing” charters.
For-profit charter operators are on the prowl for more tax money via charters. For one, Ron Packard, the former CEO of K12 Inc. online charters (Ohio Virtual Academy in Ohio), is expanding his operation. When Packard left K12 Inc., his annual salary was over $5 million. Charters really do enrich adults.
It is disheartening that the 133rdGeneral Assembly tossed more money at charters and loosened regulations. Sad.
William L. Phillis | Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding ||
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