Congressman Tim Ryan Appalled By Ohio Charter School Waste

May 26, 2016 Issues: Education

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to Innovation Ohio and the Ohio Education Association’s “Know Your Charter” Report:

“As someone who cares deeply about protecting our citizens’ hard earned money, I am completely dismayed by the behavior and incompetence that continues to be revealed at the Ohio Department of Education.  Many of my constituents work extremely long hours to try to make ends meet. They do not mind paying their fair share of taxes, so long as those guardians of the public’s money meet their obligation not to waste it.  This is the perfect example of why people don't trust the government.  

“Today’s report is yet another unfortunate example of how too many of our children are being denied a quality education because of the State of Ohio’s corrupt and broken charter school oversight system. As an elected official, and more importantly as a father, I am appalled that Republican state officials would put the profit of private companies over the wellbeing of our children. The $30 million that was wasted on failed charter schools could have, and should have gone to those cash-strapped schools across our state that need it the most. The education of Ohio’s children should not be a partisan issue.  Under no circumstance should oversight officials on either side of the aisle allow greed and incompetence to squander away the future our sons and daughters deserve.”