Feds Release Controversial Charter School Grant To Ohio
The U.S. Department of Education is releasing a disputed 71 million grant to Ohio to aid high-performing charter schools with strings attached. The agency is imposing a series of restrictions to prevent fraud inside Ohio's troubled charter school system. The grant has been deemed high-risk. The state will be required to hire an independent monitor and create a database of academic, operational and financial performance. The department also must comply with new reporting requirements. The department postponed disbursement last year after the head of the state program rigged charter school evaluations and omitted some information from its grant application.