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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.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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The state has turned down 22 million out of 71 million dollars in federal charter school expansion grant money, saying enough potential schools will not meet the high performance ratings needed to qualify.

Feds Release Controversial Charter School Grant To Ohio

Sep 15, 2016

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 Ohio Department of Education says it's moving forward with evaluations of charter school sponsors for following  rules and laws.

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the Springfield City Schools must release student contact information requested by the School Choice organization as long as parents give their consent.

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Ohio schools superintendent Lonny Rivera has submitted new charter school performance data to federal regulators deciding whether to release a 71 million grant awarded to the state.

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Ohio schools superintendent Richard Ross has issued new guidelines for evaluating charter school sponsors in the wake of a data-tampering scandal in the state's school choice office.

Karen Kasler

A three-member panel appointed by the outgoing state school superintendent has recommended to the state school board 22 ideas on how to reform and restore the public perception of the charter school system. 

The U.S. Department of Education has restricted the initial flow of a 71 million dollar charter school grant to Ohio, pending further assurances the state can responsibly oversee the money amid an investigation into the state's former school choice director.

Republican Ohio Govenor John Kasich has signed into law a charter school crackdown bill containing new performance, accountability and reporting requirements. 

Ohio has received a 71 million dollar federal grant to expand charter schools even as state authorities review possible data scrubbing by a former school-choice director and lawmakers push fixing charter oversight.

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Two Ohio Board of Education members who requested an independent investigation of the Ohio Department of Education's charter oversight office claim their proposal was improperly blocked.

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Critics are reacting to the details in more than 10o thousand  documents related to the Ohio Department of Education’s handling of charter schools. 

Newly-released Ohio Department of Education records show data experts were puzzled by some requests from an ex-charter school director whose decision to omit certain failing grades from sponsor evaluations led to his resignation in July.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says he lacks jurisdiction and so won't investigate circumstances surrounding a former state official's decision to exclude failing grades from state charter school evaluations.   

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

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The Ohio Department of Education is retracting evaluations of charter school sponsors after discovering a pro-charter school  official excluded failing grades received by online schools from the reports.