COLUMBUS, OH--Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) sent the following letter to State Auditor Dave Yost requesting that his office launch a special audit of the Ohio Department of Education.  The request follows several news reports that questioned whether ODE may have broken state law by not counting the failing grades of some online charter schools when determining the ratings of their sponsors.


Auditor Dave Yost                                                                                     

Office of Auditor of State
88 East Broad Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215 

Dear Auditor Yost:

As you are aware, reports have surfaced that the Ohio Department of Education excluded certain data from the annual ratings of charter school sponsors.  The exclusion of this data, which measures the performance of online charter schools, may have illegally inflated the ratings of the schools’ sponsors.

I know you share my conviction that the integrity of our education system must be held to the highest standard. There should be no doubts about the institutions to which we entrust our children, and the data used to judge our schools and students must be above reproach.

We have both worked hard to improve transparency and accountability in Ohio schools and provide the best possible education for our children. I have concerns that this current situation possesses traits similar to other recent instances of inaccurate data reporting affecting Ohio schools.

I therefore request that you use your authority under Ohio Revised Code section 117.11(B) to conduct a special audit to determine whether the Ohio Department of Education properly rated sponsors and fully complied with state law.

I would be happy to discuss this further, and thank you for your consideration of this request.


Senator Joe Schiavoni

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