TROY — On Monday, the Troy City Schools Board of Education approved a resolution to send a $4.4 million invoice to the Ohio Department of Education for its funding of the state’s failing charter school system.
The board approved a resolution granting the treasurer to bill the ODE for $4,419,123 in state and local funds from 2002-2015 for the state’s charter school system.
President Doug Trostle said, “This is becoming more common item or topic of conversation throughout the state.
“Personally, I think the big issue is that there is no accountability for charter schools,” Trostle said.
Trostle said while there may be a need for charter schools in urban areas where public schools are failing, charter schools continue to fail and drain financial resources from public education, including a grant for $71 million from the U.S. Department of Education to Ohio’s charter school system on Sept. 30.
“It seems like someone is not paying attention, so this is our small way to draw some attention,” Trostle said.
Troy City Schools Treasurer Jeff Price said a large group spearheaded the grassroots campaign for public school districts to seek reimbursement from the state’s failing charter school systems over the last decade.
Logan-Hocking Local School District’s Treasurer Paul Shaw presented a draft of the resolution to all superintendents as part of the grassroots campaign to draw attention to the funding issue.
According to the Oct. 27 Washington Post article “Ohio school district asks state to reimburse $5 million given to charter schools,” the invoicing campaign began as a symbol of frustration from Woodridge Local Schools near Akron. The Woodridge Local School district superintendent Walter Davis asked for the school board to approve the resolution “to underscore the frustration that educators have over the millions of dollars the state keeps giving to charter schools, money that then isn’t available for traditional public schools.”
Local charter schools, also known as “community schools” include Springfield Preparatory and Fitness Academy, Springfield and Trotwood Preparatory and Fitness Academy, Trotwood. Online charter schools include Ohio Connections Academy, Ohio Virtual Academy, Provost Academy and Alternative Education Academy.
Board member Ginny Beamish was not in attendance Monday.
Troy City Schools board unanimously approved the resolution, which includes statements such as:
WHEREAS, the charter school industry now extracts in the range of one billion dollars annually from public school districts across the State of Ohio, and
WHEREAS, school district boards of education have no control of students, financing, educational programming and student outcomes who enroll in charter schools, and;
WHEREAS, charter schools as a group in Ohio demonstrate low academic performance compared to traditional public schools, and;
WHEREAS, the fraud and corruption in charter schools, as reported repeatedly in the public media, has made Ohio the laughing stock throughout the nation, and;
WHEREAS, Ohio has been dubbed as the “Wild, Wild West” in charter operations, and
WHEREAS, the Troy City School District has lost a total of $4,419,123 in state and local funding to charter schools over the period of FY 2002 to FY 2015, and;
WHEREAS, this deduction has reduced programs and services to Troy City School District students, and;
WHEREAS, the Troy City School District Board of Education has a fiduciary responsibility to the students and taxpayers of the District, be it therefore;
RESOLVED that the board of education direct the treasurer of the district to invoice the state of Ohio for all the funds extracted from the Troy City School District for charter school students.