- 297 Charter schools are currently operating in Ohio, enrolling more than 72,000 students.
- One of every 25 public school students attends a charter school.
- Overall, charter school enrollment for the 2005-2006 school year increased 15 percent over 2004-2005 levels, reflecting slower growththan the 40 percent average annual increase of the previous four years.
- For the 2004-2005 school year, 71 percent of charter schools were placed in either academic watch or academic emergency, up from 57 percent for the 2003-2004 school year.
- Local Report Card results show that traditional public schools outperform charter schools in each of the state's 21 proficiency and achievement tests.
- Charter schools will receive $487 million in state foundation payments for the 2005-2006 school year and, by the close of the school year, over $1.7 billion dollars since the program's inception.
The report concludes with the following call for a legislative probe of charter schools: "We hope members of the General Assembly will read the report, probe its underlying data and conclusions and adjust the charter program in a way that promotes better academic performance, a narrowing of achievement gaps, more thorough testing of charter school students and a genuine look at how charter schools have affected public school funding. Without that re-evaluation this experiment will continue to put a generation of public school students and charter school students at risk." A copy of the report is enclosed and can also be found on the OEA site at http://www.ohea.org.