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Kasich Standing By Ross Amid Dayton Charter School Problems

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Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich is standing by the head of the state education department in the wake of the controversy surrounding a Dayton charter school. The probe was launched after a group of teachers alleged sexual misconduct, racism and test cheating.  But some Democrats believe more could have been done. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports. 

Some leaders, including Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Ed FitzGerald, have questioned the Ohio Department of Education’s response to the allegations and whether previously filed complaints may have been glossed over. FitzGerald says Governor Kasich should demand the resignation of State Superintendent Dick Ross.  
 
Kasich has responded by praising Ross’ leadership and says the desire to create effective schools is not a partisan issue.  
 
Kasich: “This idea that somehow one group or one party or something is pro-charter school and the other is not—that’s just not accurate—we have to make sure that all of our schools are performing— including our public schools.”  
 
The FBI is conducting a wider investigation into the group that runs about 20 charter schools in Ohio, including the Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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