Dave Yost

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The state auditor is standing by his concerns about the oversight of charter schools by the Ohio Department of Education, an agency he said two weeks ago is among the worst in state government. 

Auditor Dave Yost has been a critic of charter school attendance and transparency. And he says he met with incoming state school superintendent Paolo DeMaria last week.

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The state’s auditor is warning local governments about a new scam that seems to be ramping up around Ohio and taking taxpayer money.

Auditor Dave Yost says local governments need to verify where emails are coming from before workers click on links or opening attachments.

He says there’s been an uptick in reports to his office about cyber-attacks like ransomware that can take control of a government’s data in exchange for money and “spearphishing” which has bilked counties and townships out of thousands of dollars.

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Ohio’s auditor is repeating his strident criticism of his party’s apparent presidential nominee – though he’s hedging ever-so-slightly on his pledge to NEVER vote for Donald Trump under any circumstances. Auditor David Yost raised a stir in February when he declared on Facebook he would not campaign or vote for Donald Trump or even attend the RNC convention in Cleveland if Trump were the GOP nominee.

His latest Facebook post underscores why he felt that way then – and now. He wrote, in part, “My concern has never been just the Trump positions I disagree with -- that's part of politics -- it's the evidence that points to an utter lack of principled convictions.” 

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The auditor of state has the power to look over the books of college and university foundations, according to Ohio’s attorney general.  Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that opinion comes over the objections of three universities.

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COLUMBUS DISPATCH

A former leader of the Columbus Dispatch newspaper has been appointed to a top post in Republican State Auditor Dave Yost’s office. 

Former Columbus Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison will be Yost’s new communications director for the Public Affairs Department.

Marrison had worked at the newspaper for 16 years but resigned last year, shortly after the Wolfe family, who had owned it for 160 years, sold it to a new company.

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