29 percent Ohio charters closed since 1997

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper reports that 29 percent of Ohio's charter schools have closed dating back to 1997, including 17 schools last year in Columbus

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/KRyzoG) reports that publicly funded charter schools that are often privately run became legal in Ohio in 1997. About 75 of the 400 charter schools currently operating in the state are in Columbus, where nine of the 17 schools that closed in 2013 lasted only a few months.

Some of the nine schools closed because of money problems and some due to health and safety troubles. Some were closed by their sponsors.

Advocates and critics of charter schools say one way to avoid closings is to do a better job deciding who should be allowed to open.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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