- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - In a story Sept. 29 about a federal charter school grant, The Associated Press erroneously reported how Ohio’s portion compares to grants awarded nationally. The state’s $71 million was the largest single portion of proposed total funding of about $334 million over five years, not of $157 million for 2015. The story should have also noted that the state is receiving $32 million of the $71 million the first year, with the rest to be given in later years as spending is authorized.

The AP also erroneously reported that evaluators found “no weaknesses” in Ohio’s grant application. Weaknesses were cited in some areas.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Ohio gets $71M federal grant for charters in wake of flap

Ohio receives high marks, $71M grant from feds for charter schools in wake of director flap

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has received a $71 million federal grant to expand charter schools even as state authorities review possible data scrubbing by a former school-choice director and lawmakers push fixing charter oversight.

The U.S. Department of Education grant announced Monday represents the largest single portion of about $334 million in total funding the federal government has proposed over the next five years to expand charter school opportunities. The state is receiving $32 million of the $71 million the first year, with the rest to be given in later years when spending is authorized.

Evaluators cited “no weaknesses” in some areas of Ohio’s application, but cited weaknesses elsewhere.

Ohio Department of Education spokeswoman Kim Norris said the state made federal officials aware of School Choice Director David Hansen’s departure during the review process. He acknowledged withholding certain failing grades from charter operator evaluations.

Charter opponents - including progressive groups, teachers’ unions and some Democratic lawmakers - questioned the grant Tuesday. ProgressOhio said the money should be withheld until Hansen is replaced with “a highly qualified educator.”

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