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Flurry of amendments favor for-profit charters

By John Published: May 2, 2011

The Plain Dealer had an interesting story on Saturday about amendments to the budget in the Ohio House of Representatives that call for even less regulation of for-profit charter operators such as Akron-based White Hat than exists now.

They go too far for self-described conservative Terry Ryan of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, whose sister foundation sponsors about a half-dozen Ohio charter schools.

"Oh my goodness, have we not learned anything from the history of the last 10 years in Ohio?" asked Ryan.

"We believe in charter schools and competition, but for them to work effectively, there has to be strong accountability. This would bring us back in time to when we were a laughingstock nationally because of the poor quality of our charter schools."

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