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Online Charter School Cleared Of Wrongdoing

An online charter school in Ohio has been cleared of allegations lodged in an anonymous email that it failed to withdraw hundreds of chronically truant students to pad its rolls. 

The investigation into reports of mass truancy at Ohio Virtual Academy showed only 12 chronically truant students were improperly enrolled out of a total student population of more than 12,000. Senior Head of School Kristin Stewart said the probe shows that OVA has been following the state’s rules. She does admit the investigation was done by the school’s sponsor, but says it happened under the oversight of the state Department of Education.

“They’re the ones who made sure the investigation was up to what they felt were their standards,” Stewart said. “I’m sure that people are going to say what they want to say, but we were all confident that this was done very carefully, thoroughly and appropriately.”

An e-mail sent to state lawmakers last month showed around 400 students were truant for months but were still on the rolls, suggesting that the state was paying for kids who should have been disenrolled.