Cashing in on Kids

Avoiding Accountability: How charter operators evade Ohio’s automatic closure law

Policy Matters Ohio
Jennifer DePaoli and Piet van Lier
January 2013

Key findings
    • Ohio law requires automatic closure of academically failing charter schools.

    • Loopholes in the closure law allow sponsors and charter management organizations (CMOs) to keep failing schools open despite orders to close.

    • Seven of 20 closed schools are still operating, with five run by the same CMOs that first opened them.

    • An eighth school avoided mandated closure by shutting down a year early, but reopened with much of the same staff.