Our friend Bill Phillis of the Ohio Equity and Adequacy Coalition posted the following news:
On June 29 Geneva Area City Schools adopted a resolution to invoice the state for charter school deductions
School Treasurer Kevin Lillie’s message and the Board’s resolution were forwarded to over 30 public officials and media persons. The spreadsheet should be of particular interest.
Ohio E & A
This is treasurer Kevin Lillie’s message:
At the regular meeting of the Geneva Area City Board of Education on June 29, 2016, the Board unanimously approved a Resolution to invoice the State of Ohio through the Ohio Department of Education for past charter school deductions consisting of state and local funding. Please see the attached Resolution and invoice. Over the past 16 fiscal years, $4,265,924.70 has been taken away from Geneva Area City Schools via State Foundation Settlement deductions and sent to under-performing charter schools. What originally started as a five-year experiment, which was never completed or never evaluated for effectiveness, has turned into a monster at a tremendous waste of taxpayer funds and irreparable harm to Ohio’s school children. Many of these charter schools are for-profit ventures, draining money from Ohio to outside individuals and greedy corporations whose only motive is to line their pockets with easy cash. These charter schools lack oversight and regulation and are wrought with fraud and corruption. How does one explain away the NCAA not accepting transcripts form a particular online charter school, or FBI raids on a chain of charters operated by a Turkish Islamic cleric which imports teachers from Turkey instead of hiring Ohio citizens (only a small part of the problems with these particular charters), or a Dayton-area charter school spending $4,167 per pupil to rent the building it uses from a sister company? It is for these reasons that the Geneva Area City Board of Education has chosen to invoice the State of Ohio and ODE for the full amount of the charter school deductions.
These charter school deductions have drained needed funds from our District and districts all over Ohio. These deductions along with state funding reductions over the past seven years have forced many districts like ours to cut teachers and support staff, increase class sizes, reduce course offerings, cut some student activity groups and sports, and institute pay to participate fees to keep other sports. Meanwhile, much of the taxpayers’ money taken from our District and sent to charter schools is being used for fraudulent advertising, high administration salaries, and campaign contributions. It is time to clean up the fraud and corruption in charters and stop wasting taxpayer funds.
Also attached are spreadsheets comparing the performance Geneva Area City Schools to the charter schools receiving our resident students. I hope you will take the time to read the resolution and invoice and view the charter school comparisons.
Kevin Lillie, Treasurer/CFO
Geneva Area City Schools
135 S. Eagle St.
Geneva, OH 44041
Please note new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the Board’s resolution.
I can’t copy and paste the Board’s resolution. Please read it. It is powerful.
It makes clear that Ohio’s charters have made the state the “laughing stock of the nation” and that the state’s charters perform below public schools and are rife with corruption and fraud.
This is one impressive school board!