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Published: Monday, 11/25/2013

Ohio paid $1.2M for charter schools that quickly closed


DAYTON, Ohio — A newspaper reports that the state of Ohio paid nearly $1.2 million to a string of charter schools that closed weeks after they opened.

The Dayton Daily News said today that all the schools operated under the name Olympus High School. They were operated by Education Innovations International, whose officials have not responded to repeated requests for comment.

The schools — which are now suspended by the state — were operating under a model that blended classroom time and e-learning. The classrooms had no teachers, only coaches to help the students with their online lessons.

The schools are now facing a state audit and have been ordered to pay back some of that money after enrolling far fewer students than they were paid to teach.

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