A Post-Election Message from the NEA

The following is from a message posted on Nov. 9 by NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia:

“This morning we face the awesome responsibility of our profession: to comfort our children, to alleviate their fears, and to be a force for good in the world. We have an awesome responsibility to ensure that the worst of the campaign rhetoric does not become a reality—by standing up for what is right, by standing firm against values we know are wrong, and by standing firm in our efforts to build a better future.”

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Waste and lack of accountability

Reported by the NEA: A new report highlights concerns about charter schools and how they operate. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General believes the concerns center on the relationship between charter schools and the companies managing them. The Inspector General’s report looked at 33 charter schools in six states–California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. Here is the pattern that emerged:

1) financial risk of waste, fraud, and abuse; (2) insufficient accountability over federal funds, the result of charter school boards ceding fiscal authority to management companies; and, because of these issues, (3) lack of accountability for following federal requirements.

Over the last decade, the federal government has spent more than $3 billion for charter schools, including the $71 million released to Ohio.



Many charter school sponsors failing

According to the Ohio Department of Education, nearly one-third of the state’s current charter school sponsors are not meeting standards. Twenty-one organizations received “poor” ratings, while 39 others were rated “ineffective.” These latter groups are barred from sponsoring any additional schools until they create improvement plans and show they are addressing problems. Of 65 sponsors, only five were deemed “effective, ” while none were rated “exemplary.” The sponsors manage 29 charter schools, all of which received “poor” state ratings. They won’t have to close, but many will have to find new sponsors. This evaluation is the first after the state was cited for omitting the results of failing schools and the Ohio Legislature passed reform measures.