Eye on Education

Why All of Ohio’s New Online Schools Will Be Operated by For-Profit Companies

The three new Ohio online charter schools that are slated to open this fall all will be operated by for-profit companies.

That’s largely because, under state law, the Ohio Department of Education had to make previous experience operating an online school a major factor in evaluating applications to open new online schools.

And currently, the majority of Ohio students who attend school online are enrolled in one of two schools managed by or with close ties to for-profit companies: the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and K12 Inc.’s Ohio Virtual Academy.

The Ohio Department of Education this month flunked itself on an application to oversee an online charter school.
The proposed school would have been the first online operation sponsored by the department, and would have been done in cooperation with an educator from Cincinnati who has a history of public school administration. But the cards are stacked against the department and public school districts across the state in favor of for-profit companies that already have a lock on Ohio’s charter school business.

Read more at: www.ohio.com

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