- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A new state audit shows that attendance at Ohio’s charter schools apparently has improved.

Auditor Dave Yost’s office says a surprise head count audit of 30 charter schools last November found that all but one had attendance rates greater than 73 percent. That number didn’t include community schools focused on dropout prevention.

A similar count in 2014 showed more than half of the schools reported enrollment numbers higher than the actual head counts.

The recent audit also checked on 10 traditional schools where attendance averaged 91 percent.

Auditors found that attendance rates for 14 dropout-prevention community schools were at or below 50 percent.

Yost says the audit shows that “we need to continue to strengthen our system of accountability.”

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