FOR-PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOLS BILL TAX PAYERS FOR EMPTY DESKS

After a review of Capital High’s attendance records, one of many for-profit charter schools in Ohio, by ProPublica it was found that Capital had been overstating their enrollment numbers. In fact after looking at a withdrawal and enrollment sheet for 2015 – 2016 ProPublica was able to show Capital had been overstating their enrollment numbers each month by at least 24%. This is a big deal since Capital and other charter schools like it are funded on a per-student basis. EdisonLearning is a for-profit school managing company that is Capital’s parent. It and other companies like it run a third of the State’s 94 charter schools. However out of the 20 charter schools with the highest absenteeism rates, for-profit management companies ran over three fourths of the schools. Inflation of actual enrollment numbers is believed to be a problem at most of the schools ran by these companies. After being told of ProPublica’s findings the Ohio state auditor and Department of Education said they would investigate Capital.