Nearly one-third of Ohio charter school sponsors face revocation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says nearly a third of Ohio charter school sponsors could have their authority revoked under new evaluations of how well the sponsors follow current educational rules and laws.

The 21 sponsors that received a poor rating from the Department of Education Thursday can appeal with the final decision in the hands of the state school board.

A poor rating doesn’t affect individual schools, whose sponsorship would switch to the state if a new sponsor can’t be found.

The state also rated 39 sponsors ineffective, meaning they can’t sponsor new schools and will have to create an improvement plan.

Only five sponsors were rated effective.

State schools superintendent Paolo DeMaria says the sponsorship program will lead to improved quality school options for Ohio students. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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