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Ohio's auditor is investigating Concept charter schools
Dave Yost joins the Ohio Department of Education and federal agencies in investigating the schools
Story by AMY HANSEN


 
Concept Schools is facing more scrutiny, this time from Ohio's auditor.
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A handful of charter schools managed by the Chicago-based Concept Schools are already under examination by both the Ohio Department of Education and federal authorities. And now, all of the charter chain’s Ohio schools will be facing scrutiny from another state-level office. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen has more.

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State Auditor Dave Yost says his office is launching a special audit of 19 Concept schools, prompted by questions raised about the integrity of its testing and procedures.

“We had received reports that there may have been some folks who were acting outside of the proper rules and protocols, so we’re going to take a look at that,” Yost says.

One such report came in a June letter from the Ohio Education Association, and includes an account from a former teacher at Concept Schools Horizon Science Academy in Dayton, claiming he may have witnessed test data being altered or otherwise manipulated.

Yost’s audit is separate from the Department of Education’s examination of that same school, after it heard testimony from several former teachers alleging racism and sexual misconduct.

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