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Ohio HS Alumni Connects Dots… Why Can’t Ohio Legislators?

January 28, 2018

Pasted below is a letter to the editor that appeared in today’s Columbus Dispatch: 

Let me connect the dots for Dispatch readers. Columbus City Schools are laying off teachers. The layoffs are from a budget shortfall. The shortfall is because the state cut funding. The state cut funding because the money had already been spent. The money had already been spent because more than $1 billion in taxpayer funds have gone to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, a charter school operating fraudulently by inflating its attendance figures.

ECOT was not shut down earlier because the state officials who were supposed to have oversight looked the other way. Not coincidentally, ECOT made big donations to those same state officials who were supposed to be safeguarding students’ interests. So indirectly, the money that was supposed to pay Columbus teachers has somehow found its way into the campaign coffers of state-level officials.

In other words, this is not a story of financial mismanagement by a local school district; it’s a story of state-level misconduct at the expense of local schools and their students. Follow the money, connect the dots.

Christopher Sunami

Columbus Alternative High School ’93

If Ohio were the only place this happened it would be a local story… but it has happened across the nation and is being exacerbated by the “reformers” who want to encourage parents to choose deregulated charter schools like ECOT in favor of closely monitored schools governed by locally elected officials. Hopefully readers of the Columbus Dispatch will connect the dots and let their legislators know that they are wise to their shenanigans.

 

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