Charter Schools in Ohio have recently been at the center of intense controversy, and many schools are now under investigation by several agencies, including the FBI. Local charter school VLT Academy closed its doors last week due to lack of funds, leaving hundreds of parents to find another school for their children to attend this year. We look at the story behind the closing of VLT Academy with WCPO I-Team investigative reporter Brendan Keefe.
The debate over charter schools in Ohio has heated up, and several schools and the organizations that run them are currently under investigation. Proponents of charter schools point to them as an option for parents seeking schools that best suit their children. Critics say the schools siphon funding from local public school districts and that many produce poorer academic results than traditional public schools.
The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers.
Sexual misconduct, racism, teacher intimidation, questionable testing policies, and mishandling of complaints about those claims were among the allegations the teachers brought to the state board of education meeting.
The teachers were all former employees of the Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School, a charter school managed by the Chicago-based Concept Schools.
When the brand new Aiken High School opens this fall, students will be introduced to personalized learning. Part of the plan is a Carpe Diem charter school inside Aiken, the first oneCincinnati Public Schoolshas sponsored. There's a similar program in Indianapolis, and Ann Thompson went there to take a look and provide this report.