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Publicly funded, privately run charter schools consume more than $900 million in state and local tax dollars. A comprehensive evaluation has been difficult. Today�s story begins a three-day series. It is a part of a multi-year project to create a database and authoritative stories
so parents can make informed choices and the public can understand this form of government privatization.
Imagine Akron Leadership Academy on Romig Road in Akron. It is one of several Ohio charter schools that initially refused to give out information or referred reporters to a management company. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)