Website compares Ohio charter schools, districts

From The Columbus Dispatch Noting the current difficulty in finding information about charter schools and how they compare with traditional Ohio public schools, a progressive policy-research group and the state’s largest teachers union teamed up to create a website that allows for quick comparisons.

But charter-school advocates quickly criticized the site as “really misleading.” allows people to search by traditional public-school district or charters to bring up a variety of academic performance, personnel and financial information. Calling up a public school district also brings up a list of all the charter schools that at least one student from that district attends.

Viewers can find out how the district’s performance index grade compares with charters, how much state money from that district goes to charter schools, and a variety of other data.