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Ruling to sponsor OTR charter school on hold
OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (WKRC) -- Despite an earlier ruling, the Ohio Department of Education will not send nearly $300,000 of taxpayer money to the VLT Academy.
The First District Court of Appeals granted a stay to an earlier court order requiring the department to enter into a sponsorship contract with the charter school.
VLT Academy lost its initial sponsor at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. School leaders requested that the Ohio Department of Education become the sponsor.
The office of school sponsorship refused to sponsor VLT because of what it called a history of poor academic performance and fiscal mismanagement. "In Ohio, we want every child to attend a quality school and receive a quality education. When a school is not performing up to standards, then action must be taken," said Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction said in a press release. "In addition to the boys and girls of Ohio, we also have an obligation to taxpayers to be good stewards of their tax dollars. It would not have been a good idea to provide state funding to this failing community school."
The school sued the department and received a favorable ruling earlier this month. But the most recent stay places the decision on hold pending an appeal.
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