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Horizon Science Academy and Concept Schools 2-day series

By Doug Oplinger Published: August 4, 2014

Part 1

Ohio taxpayers provide jobs to Turkish immigrants through charter schools

 

A chain of 19 publicly funded Ohio charter schools, founded by Turkish immigrants, is taking the position that the United States lacks a qualified pool of math and science teachers and is importing perhaps hundreds of Turks to fill the void.

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Job postings for charter schools

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 25, 2014

The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools posts job openings on its website. Jobs include principals, teachers, accountants and real estate managers.

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Federal indictments in Dayton charter school

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 25, 2014

The indictment by a grand jury in Columbus alleges that the school’s superintendent, Shane K. Floyd, of Strongsville, and two board members solicited and accepted bribes from a man who operated Global Educational Consultants. That man, Carl L. Robinson, of Durham, North Carolina, also was indicted.

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Urban public school children hit by autos more often because they have to walk

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 20, 2014

As part of a series on school transportation, Beacon Journal reporter Doug Livingston found that children in urban districts, and who tend to be economically disadvantaged and African-American, are far more likely to be struck by autos than kids in the suburbs, who tend to be white.

This was part of a review of who gets transportation and who doesn't. In urban areas, schools are required to provide costly transportation to charter school students while the same rules don't apply for their own students. Reporter Dave Scott also contributed to this effort.

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VLT Academy in Cincinnati area closing

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 20, 2014

A charter school that at one time enrolled about 1,000 students is set to close, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The school is closing because its sponsor was concerned about ongoing academic and financial difficulties.

The Ohio Department of Education is applying pressure to sponsors to improve the performance of charter schools they control.

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DeRolph vs State of Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal, Day 1 of a 4-day series

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 18, 2014

This is the first day of a four-day series exploring the extreme disparities in school funding across Ohio. The series published as the DeRolph school funding case was working its way to the Ohio Supreme Court, which would declare in March 1997 that funding was unconstitutional.

After the ruling, rather than comply with the court, the legislature launched school choice, privatizing much of Ohio's K-12 education. Today, more than $1 billion in public dollars goes to privately run charter schools and private religious and sectarian schools.

 

Sunday, May 19, 1996

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DeRolph vs. State of Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal, Day 2, Clout counts

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 18, 2014

This is the second in a four-day series exploring the disparity in school funding in Ohio. The series published as the DeRolph school funding case was making its way to the Ohio Supreme Court. This series, which circulated among the justices, showed that funding was often managed through favors, and not taking care of children across the entire state.

Shortly after the court ruled in March 1997 that the state needed to better fund public schools, the legislature launched school choice, privatizing much of the state's education dollars.

This package looks at favoritism, and  clout.

Monday, May 20, 1996

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Derolph vs. State of Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal series, Day 3, the Ohio Lottery

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 18, 2014

This is the third day in a series of stories exploring Ohio's school funding crisis, which was headed to the Ohio Supreme Court. Published in 1996, the series explored the disparities from one district to another, and explained many of the reasons the court decided in March 1997 that the system was constitutional.

Shortly after the ruling, the Ohio legislature began in earnest the school choice movement, introducing the state to voucher and charter schools.

In this package, the question is addressed: What happened to the Ohio Lottery money?

 

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DeRolph vs. State of Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal, Day 4, Part 1

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 18, 2014

This is the third day in a series of stories looking at the problems faced by public education in Ohio in the 1990s, and illustrates the reasons the Ohio Supreme Court, on March 4, 1997, ruled the system to be unconstitutional.

Today's story addresses the issue of poor and sometimes dangerous facilities for school children..

 

Wednesday, May 22, 1996

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DeRolph vs State of Ohio, Akron Beacon Journal, Day 4

By Doug Oplinger Published: June 18, 2014

This is the fourth day in a series of stories looking at the problems faced by public education in Ohio, and illustrates the reasons the Ohio Supreme Court, several months later, ruled the system to be unconstitutional.

Today's story shows that school districts with money can improve performance.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 1996

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