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State Auditor To Host Charter School Conference

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One of Ohio's most-vocal critics of poorly- performing charter schools is hosting a two-day conference this summer for charter leaders.

The charter school summit is scheduled to be held Aug. 11-12 in Columbus.

Auditor Dave Yost has repeatedly criticized some charter schools that he says lack regulation. He says the event will provide charter school educators and administrators with professional, academic and financial oversight training. Attendees also will hear from national experts, share best practices and discuss the challenges facing their schools.

Yost's office says the summit will feature training on compliance with Ohio's recently updated charter school laws, along with guidance for record keeping and enrollment. Last year, lawmakers passed new accountability, performance and reporting standards for charters.

Conference participants are slated to include state lawmakers, representatives from the state's Departments of Education and Higher Education and superintendents from four of Ohio's largest school districts.