Thursday, December 29, 2011
Judge expected to rule that a major Republican Party donor and charter school management company owner will be required to disclose how he spends the millions of public tax dollars he receives each year. This story is not about Vahan Gureghian.
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For public schools, the year brought big cuts
December 29, 2011
By Mary Niederberger,
In public education circles, 2011 was the year that officials quickly learned how to do more with less. No relief was provided from the federal No Child Left Behind mandate that the state's 500 school districts continue to move students toward proficiency in math and reading.
Yet, the state budget provided nearly $900 million less in funding for public schools.
"I've been with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for more than 31 years and this was by far the toughest budget that districts have faced in that time," association executive director Tom Gentzel said. "The big story is that because of the sea change in school funding, there were dramatic cuts."
Ohio’s White Hat charter management company is owned by Akron businessman and major Ohio Republican Party donor David L. Brennan, who pushed for state laws that expanded
The 19-month fight over whether
largest for-profit manager of charter schools must share detailed financial
records could be coming to a close. Ohio
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge John F. Bender has decided he can rule on the case, and he reiterated an order he made in August that White Hat Management release records showing how the charter-school operator spends the millions of tax dollars it gets each year.
“Public funds are allocated to the community school, not the management company,” he wrote. “A community school remains accountable for how public funds are spent, whether it contracts with a management company or not.”
In October, Bender ruled that White Hat is a “public official” when acting as an authorized agent of a charter school. The designation makes White Hat subject to
public-record laws, requiring it to
account for the public dollars it receives, information that the company has
been unwilling to disclose for years. Ohio
#1 public high school in
fails to make AYP Illinois