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Panel Will Advise Ohio Education Dept. On Charter Schools

Nicole Mays

Ohio's public school superintendent has named a three-member panel to advise the department on evaluating charter school sponsors.

Superintendent Richard Ross says the state is committed to creating a system that evaluates charter school sponsors fairly while adhering to complex legal requirements. He says the independent panel will help do that.

Community school sponsors are to be evaluated in academic performance of students enrolled in other community schools sponsored by the same entity, adherence to quality practices prescribed by the department, and compliance with laws and administrative rules.

The panel includes Thomas Hosler, superintendent of the Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools; Canfield accountant Phillip Dennison; and Columbus attorney Mark Hatcher.

The state Education Department's oversight of charter schools has come under fire recently.