DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Data from the state's latest report card shows most area charter or community schools aren't doing any better than the districts they're taking kids from.
Doctor Theodore Wallace says he saw some positive trends for the charter school he heads up, Dayton Leadership Academy.
"We know the strategies we're putting in place are taking us in the right direction," Wallace says.
But in the measure that looks at test scores, the community school got the same letter grade as Dayton Public Schools, a D.
In fact of the 21 community schools in Montgomery County on the state's report card, 2 NEWS found only five got a better test score letter grade than Dayton Public Schools and one of those five is run by DPS.
"An overwhelming majority of charter schools are not performing up to snuff," says Stephen Dyer with Innovation Ohio, a left-leaning policy group.
Dyer says 40 percent of your tax dollars spent on charter schools in Ohio went to schools that are performing worse than the ones they're drawing students from.
Students going to charter schools took $45 million from DPS' budget this year.
"We need to stop dumping more and more money into failing charter schools which impedes the ability of high performers to thrive," says Dyer, who wants to see the state change its law regarding charter schools to favor the ones that do well.
Where the charter schools are seeing some success is in the state's value added rankings which look how students improve compared to where they started.
Nearly half in Montgomery County got a C or above in that ranking.
Dayton Leadership Academy got an A at one campus. The school had two campuses for the 2012-2013 school year, which the report card measured, but has now combined into one.
Wallace says the advantage of charters over public schools is they have to meet standards or the state can close them.
"There's no guarantee if we don't perform," Wallace says.
Wallace believes Dayton Leadership Academy will soon an example of why charters work.
"Our strategic plan is to reach the top of the report card by 2017," Wallace says.
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