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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Charter School Boards' Lawsuit Against White Hat Remains Pending

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

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The ballooning era of charter schools in Ohio comes with plenty of good news, as well as an ongoing spate of unsettling events.

NPR's StateImpact recently checked in with representatives of the some of the charter school boards currently engaged in a lawsuit against their former governing authority White Hat Management.

They're still waiting for answers to seemingly eternal questions, like where, precisely, state and federal tax dollars go. White Hat Management, a private, for-profit firm that has at one point overseen many Cleveland- and Akron-area charter schools, maintains its private company standing. In White Hat's eyes, the books stay closed.

Franklin County's Judge John Bender ruled otherwise, according to proceedings taking place late last year. He's ordered the company to open its books and discuss financial matters transparently.

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In other charter school fiasco news, Dayton-based Richard Allen Academy schools came under fire this fall by Auditor of State Dave Yost. The charges leveled against the group include conflicts of interest among family members, overpaid management and a lack of transparency.

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