It has been long documented how closely tied Ohio Republicans are with the infamous David Brennan of White Hat Management -- a huge for-profit operator of Charter Schools.
Despite an unprecedented push from responsible Charter School operators in Ohio, those who want quality school choices in Ohio were summarily brushed aside by the Senate's education plan released recently.
According to the Legislative Service Commission Charter School simulations, schools run by David Brennan's operation will get $4.2 million more than they got last school year -- a $479 per pupil increase, which is 2.5 times greater than the average Charter School gets. LifeSkills -- Brennan's real cash cow that are among the worst schools in the state and barely graduate 10% of their kids -- will receive a staggering $1,008 per pupil increase overall -- about a 13% jump in per pupil commitment.
It wasn't that long ago that branches of the military weren't accepting LifeSkills diplomas. Yet here the state is committing another $1,000 per pupil to them.
Oh, and how did the best performing Charters make out? The Charters that rated excellent or higher last school year will get a whopping $83 more per pupil -- a 1.1% increase. That's nearly six times less than White Hat.
How about School Districts? In the second year of the Senate plan, the per pupil amount going to districts goes up $373 from this school year -- $105 less than Brennan's increase. In the first year of the Senate plan, districts only get a $127 per pupil increase. And don't forget that the money included in the district increases include money that will be transferred out to Charter Schools -- amounts that will be larger than this school year, further cutting into these per pupil amounts. For example, this last school year districts saw a 6.5% cut in their state revenue because of the Charter School deduction.
This has got to change. Fast.