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School Choice Director Resigns Following Omissions In Charter Evaluations

Jul 19, 2015

An Ohio Department of Education official has resigned after acknowledging he excluded failing grades for charter schools in evaluations of the schools' overseers.

School Choice director  David Hansen confirmed last week he left failing grades for online and dropout recovery schools off evaluations of charter school sponsors. He said he felt the marks would "mask" successes elsewhere.  The omission boosted the ratings of two sponsors, which could make them eligible for more state perks. Hansen sent a one-line letter of resignation to state Schools Superintendent Richard Ross on Saturday, which the department released to The Associated Press. Officials say Hansen was legally bound to report all the grades. The evaluations have been retracted.  Hansen was once a vice president at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.  His wife, Beth, was Governor John Kasich’s chief of staff and now manages Kasich’s presidential campaign.