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State Auditor Will Look at Charter School Chain

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

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A handful of charter schools managed by the Chicago-based Concept Schools are already under examination by both the Ohio Department of Education and federal authorities. And now, as StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen tells us, all of the charter chain’s Ohio schools will be facing scrutiny from another state-level office.

State Auditor Dave Yost says his office is launching a special audit of 19 Concept schools, prompted by questions raised about the integrity of its testing systems and procedures.

“We had received reports that there may have been folks that were acting outside of the proper rules and protocols,” Yost said, “and so we’re going to take a look at that.”

One such report came in a June letter from the Ohio Education Association, and includes an account from a former teacher at Concept Schools’ Horizon Science Academy in Dayton, claiming he may have witnessed test data being altered or otherwise manipulated.

Yost’s audit is separate from the Department of Education’s examination of that same school, after it heard testimony from several former teachers alleging racism and sexual misconduct . 

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