To the editor:

Great. A May 16 Columbus Dispatch editorial calls for transparency in the operation of the publicly-funded, privately-operated JobsOhio.

The statement near the end of the editorial – "Government conducted in secret is ripe for mischief" – is a gem.

A thoughtful read of the editorial leads one to conclude that JobsOhio should be eliminated.

The editorial statement referring to mischief associated with government being conducted in secret has certainly been demonstrated by the fraud and corruption in the charter school industry.

Sections 2 and 3 of the Ohio Constitution establish public education as a function and operation of government. The state (government) is responsible for securing a thorough and efficient system of common schools. Local school districts are political subdivisions (government.) School boards are elected by electors in school districts (government.)

Public education is being farmed out to charters that are largely unaccountable and non-transparent. They perform a government function in the private sector. Fraud, corruption and misuse of tax revenue in the charter industry have been the norm in Ohio.

Sincerely,
William L. Phillis
Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding
www.ohiocoalition.org