Charter opponents often claim that charter schools in Ohio are unaccountable. But this claim is wrong and utterly indefensible. To see why, check out the PowerPoint presentation put together this month for charter-school board members and operators by the law firm Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur (see here). This presentation details in painful specificity Ohio's charter-school law, showing that Ohio's charter-school program is highly regulated and that charter schools are held accountable for their academic performance, business operations, and fiscal probity. In fact, Ohio's charter law is strong, even if it isn't perfect. What's less clear is whether all charter-school sponsors--the organizations responsible for ensuring charter school accountability-- are actually enforcing the charter law (see here).

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