Brent Larkin, columnist and retired editorial director of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, summarizes the corruption underneath Ohio’s charter school tragedy. He describes the impact of money in the politics of a state without checks and balances—where all three branches of government are controlled by one party.
Larkin credits the fine reporting of Patrick O’Donnell that has broken the story of corruption in Governor John Kasich’s Department of Education. He wonders if the story will affect Kasich’s prospects as a Presidential candidate.
Ohio is a state where even members of the supreme court depend on campaign donations to get elected—and where the big charter school czars, William Lager and David Brennan, are happy to oblige.
Lots of people are suggesting that, as we can’t get rid of charter schools, we have to ensure they are regulated. Check out this article and follow Larkin’s links to learn why I am so skeptical of the idea that a lucrative privatized sector can be effectively regulated by a state legislature.