Lawmakers ponder Columbus (Ohio) schools fix

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

State lawmakers spent time yesterday getting details about a plan to create an independent auditor for the Columbus City Schools and share the district’s property taxes with charter schools.Among the concerns: whether charters also would be audited and whether district schools would be left under-funded.

Andrew Boy, founder of the Columbus Collegiate Academy charter school, told the Ohio House Education Committee yesterday evening that he fully expects and welcomes local audits in return for school-district tax dollars.

State Rep. Fred Strahorn, a Democrat from Dayton, suggested that lawmakers might insert a provision in the bill that would allow the new auditor for the district to also investigate charter schools that receive tax money. Charters already are audited by the state, and often by their sponsors, Boy said.

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