Ohio Schools’ Exemption from Law Questioned

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

About a quarter of students enrolled in charter schools in Ohio — more than 18,000 children — attend dropout-recovery schools.

But unlike other tax-funded, privately operated charter schools, those serving students who have left another school or are at risk of dropping out are not subject to a state law that shuts down failing charter schools.

Gov. John Kasich proposed removing the exemption and creating performance standards for dropout-recovery schools in sweeping education legislation, but Republican leaders in the House stripped the provision from the bill so the schools would remain free of the automatic-closing law.

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