Advocates and critics of charter schools say one way to avoid closings is to do a better job deciding who should be allowed to open.
Nonprofit groups, universities, school districts and educational service centers can act as sponsors or authorizers for charter schools, deciding which can open and whether they should close.
“We don’t have any approval or denial power,” said John Charlton, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education..
There also can be great cost to children and to taxpayers when schools close, the newspaper reported.
When the nine schools closed in Columbus last year, more than 250 students had to find new schools. The state spent more than $1.6 million in taxpayer money to keep the nine schools open only from August through October or November.