Democrats in Ohio have had it out for for-profit charter school operators since the state passed its first charter law in 1997. Cries of ???????corporate takeover of public schools??????? and ???????making money on the backs of our children??????? have been part of the anti-charter rhetoric used by the teacher unions and their allies from the start here.
Yet, it is important to note that in Ohio all charter schools are governed by non-profit boards who may, or may not, decide to hire for-profit operators to run their schools. This is not dissimilar to how school districts decide to purchase curricula, text books, and food services from for-profit providers like McGraw-Hill and Aramark.
Knowing the history, it is not surprising then that the Democratic governor and the House Democrats, who run that chamber for the first time in 14 years, have painted a giant bull's eye on the backs of for-profit school operators. They especially hate White Hat Management (which runs more than two dozen schools in Ohio) and its founder, and major Republican campaign contributor, David Brennan.
If successful, this would be the first time an entire segment of...