Failed Charters Owe Millions to Ohio

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Millions of taxpayer dollars in Central Ohio are missing, and chances are the state will never get them back.

Much of the money is attributed to failed charter schools, such as Harte Crossroads, which opened in the former Columbus City Center mall in 2004.

The school’s former director, Anita Nelam, said in 2004 that "If we're going to be successful with kids, we need to make sure that we're hitting them where they live. Not where we grew up.”

Three years later, Nelam was fired for mismanagement. That closed Harte Crossroads and forced students and families to find new schools.

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