Columbus—Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement in response to the State Auditor's announcement that charter schools found to have been overpaid due to lack of verified student participation should seek repayment from their sponsors and management companies:

"I'm glad the Auditor's office listened to our advice and called on overpaid charter schools to seek reimbursement from their sponsors and vendors. No charter school should do what ECOT (Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow) has done – firing teachers first before anyone else takes a hit. Services for our students should be the last thing cut, especially while vendors and executives are overpaid with your tax dollars.

"This is an important step forward as the state finally begins to claw back money that was wrongly taken from local school districts and given to charter schools. I will continue to push this issue in the Statehouse and in the media until our students receive the funding they deserve."

 
 
 
  
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