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Think Tank, OEA Launch Website Detailing Charter School Stats


A progressive-leaning think tank and the state’s largest teachers union have launched a new website that lays out performance and financial reviews of charter schools. The groups say they want the data to speak for itself. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Innovation Ohio and the Ohio Education Association say recent controversies and legal issues regarding charter schools stir up more questions about their effectiveness. That’s why they say they started KnowYourCharter.com, which breaks down state report card grades and shows how much money each school receives.

Though Innovation Ohio has created a lot of reports opposing charter schools, President Keary McCarthy insists that this website is not an attack on charters.

McCarthy: “This website is intended for the data to speak for itself and we think it also provides a really valuable service to all those groups I just mentioned to help understand really what the value and their educational options are.”

McCarthy says there are times when charters outperform their traditional public school counterparts but in most cases it’s the traditional public schools that do better.

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