Ohio charter school sponsors: New evaluations may go too far

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some charter school sponsors are questioning Ohio’s new evaluation rules, including a requirement that sponsors could face penalties if schools not displaying a U.S. flag at least 5 feet in length during the day.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2aj1yQR ) charters must display the state and national mottoes, show they don’t penalize workers for jury duty and show they’re compliant with outdoor pesticide rules.

The new sponsor evaluations were passed following criticism of lax state charter-school oversight and poor performance marks.

Some say the rules go too far by requiring the schools to prove they’re complying with some non-vital laws.

Sponsors earn ratings from “exemplary” to “poor” based on academic performance, following best practices and following rules and laws.

Sponsorship authority is immediately revoked if they receive a “poor” rating.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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