Reports Point Out Ongoing Problems At Ohio Charters, Little Oversight
COLUMBUS – A report recently published by the Akron Beacon Journal revealed disturbing details surrounding the operation of a chain of 19 publicly funded Ohio charter schools. The Horizon and Noble Academies were founded by Turkish immigrants and operate under the ‘Concept Schools’ name. The Akron Beacon Journal report questions the facts that the schools in Ohio were allowed to “hire 325 educators almost exclusively from Turkey” and that “as early as 2002, state audits found thousands of public dollars ‘illegally expended’ to finance the U.S. citizenship process for Turkish employees”. The report also highlighted another early state audit found “as many as 20 percent of teachers at one school were not licensed”.