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The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit over the expansion of the state’s taxpayer-funded private school voucher program, saying the law that changed the program made the suit pointless. 

Columbus Board of Education member James Ragland is drawing criticism from the teachers union for appearing on a panel with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in suburban Columbus Thursday.

The NAACP has become the latest organization to sue the Education Department over the distribution of more than $13 billion in federal aid intended for K-12 schools.

Ohio Public Radio

A new bipartisan bill in the Ohio House requires nearly 180 charter schools to change how they do business or close. 

Andy Chow

Ahead of a February 1 deadline for lawmakers to make a change to a school voucher program, the Ohio Senate has approved a House measure to delay the issue.

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio House has voted on a plan to move the start of the EdChoice voucher program application process to April 1, hours before it was supposed to start accepting applications on Saturday. 

Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers are expected to vote on a compromise that could stop a significant increase in the number of Ohipublic school buildings where students will be eligible for private school vouchers.

ecotohio.org

A documents review is delaying a state lawsuit aimed at recouping millions of dollars from the founder and leader of the closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow charter school. 

Ohio’s public schools could lose millions of dollars to private schools through an expansion of the state’s biggest voucher program.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a Delaware County charter school teacher on charges of of having sex with a 13-year-old boy.  

Ohio Public Radio

An educational service center is repaying the state money it received while sponsoring the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. 

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s charter schools are by law non-profit, but nearly 200 of them are managed by for-profit operating companies.

Ohio Public Radio

A local judge has blocked local school districts from intervening in the civil lawsuit against the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.  

Ohio Public Radio

The bi-partisan school funding plan proposed by two state lawmakers would cost one billion dollars more than the current formula. 

Ohio Public Radio

Governors and state lawmakers have struggled for decades with school funding.

Updated at 3:14 p.m.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Republican lawmakers have announced a proposed tax credit that would go toward donations to private school scholarships and other school choice initiatives.

"A great education shouldn't be determined by luck or by address or by family income," DeVos said Thursday at a news conference.

She appeared alongside Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., who said they plan to introduce the tax credit in Congress.

 Charter school advocates are calling on state lawmakers to increase their funding for facilities. 

Statehouse News Bureau

A new study by advocates for school choice shows charter schools in urban areas are underfunded.

Ohio Public Radio

Three years after Ohio's former charter schools chief omitted data of poor-performing schools in evaluations of their sponsors, a state audit says it remains unclear what his intent was and how much the then-superintendent knew about the plan. 

An analysis of state school report cards conducted by a pro-charter school group shows Ohio has yet to reach its goal of having 65 percent of working-age adults hold college degrees or industry certificates by 2025. 

State of Ohio

Funeral arrangements are pending for former Ohio State University Trustee David Brennan.  

Ohio Public Radio

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray says Ohio's public school system is in decline compared with others nationwide. 

Ohio Public Radio

Republican gubernatorial nominee Mike DeWine has unveiled his new education plan, which includes cutting the amount of state standardized testing.  

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine is suing the founder and leaders of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, aiming to recoup millions of dollars in public funding that flowed to the now-defunct online school. 

ecotohio.org

The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow arguing the Ohio Board of Education violated open meetings laws when deciding to order the school repay 60 million dollars in state funding in a dispute over how student participation was tallied. 

An attorney for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow says the school will continue to pursue administrative appeals against the state in lower courts. 

State of Ohio

The company founded by former Ohio State University trustee David Brennan is getting out of the charter school business. 

Karen Kasler

The Ohio Attorney General has filed an argument in court claiming the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s agreements with its management and software service companies constitute a pattern of corrupt activity. 

prosecutor.franklincountyohio.gov

Republican Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien has recused himself from an investigation into potential criminal conduct by officials at the Electronic Classroom of tomorrow. 

Ohio Public Radio

The state auditor says the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow committed fraud by inflating student participation numbers in order to continue collecting millions in taxpayer money.

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