Stephen Dyer (former state rep and Beacon Journal reporter--not at the same time, of course) is quoted in the New York Times about the profitability and political influence of online schools. Dyer is now an Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio, a progressive policy think tank known in some circles as the Strickland administration in exile (president and CEO Janetta King was Strickland's deputy chief of staff for policy; Dyer was a key ally and architect in the Ohio House on Strickland's education budget). Here's the part of the NYT story by Stephanie Saul that mentions Dyer:
Former State Representative Stephen Dyer became suspicious when members of the benignly named organization My School, My Choice paraded through his northeastern Ohio district carrying signs attacking him: ''Why Won't Rep. Stephen Dyer let parents choose the best education for their kids?''
The protest was prompted by questions Mr. Dyer had raised over the state's financing formula for charter and online schools. The group describes itself as a coalition of parents, teachers and employees of the schools. But Mr. Dyer said that his wife questioned the people carrying the signs and found out they were paid temp agency workers.