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Uticaa s Underground Railroad museum closes | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 25 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Feb 19, 2011, titled Uticaa s Underground Railroad museum closes | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The Underground Railroad and Black History Museum in northern Licking County has closed after less than six months in operation, because its founder didn't own the property outright before she opened the museum.

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Duh Gov

Columbus, OH

#30 Mar 2, 2011
Fireman wrote:
Bad idea about a black museum or anyone black living or visiting in Newark, Utica, New Martinsburgs,or Mount Vernon Ohio. I told Ms Jackson that it would not work out because blacks are not welcomed in these towns. It is a good thing that it closed down for her and the safety of other blacks. These towns have been like this for centuries and will never change. Everybody has a right to like or dislike who they want. These towns do not want or like black people at all for more centuries to come.
I dislike collective bargainers ... like Firemen. Now, Get back to work or you're fired.
not sure why

Dublin, OH

#32 Mar 6, 2011
Newark school program accused of inadequate job
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tom Sheehan
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
NEWARK, Ohio — There seems to be some confusion about whether a program that provides online educational services through a Columbus charter school is itself a school or a nonprofit agency.
Newark public-school officials accuse the 2-year-old operation that uses the name Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow of failing to provide adequate educational services to students. Newark officials consider it a charter school.
"Based on parental complaints, we believe the (charterschool) program is failing to meet even minimum standards of operation and, as a result, may be committing fraud by taking state funds for education services it is not providing to students," Superintendent Keith Richards said in a letter.
Richards sent the letter Monday to Sandra C. Frisch, superintendent of the Lucas County Educational Service Center. The agency sponsors the Columbus charter school called Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, a statewide online school with 7,000 students enrolled. Lucas County officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.
A state audit released in July showed that poor record-keeping prevented the charter from proving whether some of the students for whom it received state funding were actually enrolled. A spokesman for the company said those issues had been addressed.
Richards said yesterday that the charter school has received about $423,000 this year from the state for students who have left Newark schools.
But charter spokesman Nick Wilson said the Newark operation is merely a nonprofit agency that is affiliated with the charter school through its Alternative Learning Communities Program. That program is offered through 12 agencies statewide, including teen pregnancy centers and group homes. The east side Newark operation is called Newark Arts and Music Too.
"I just think they are misinformed," Wilson said of Newark schools officials.
"We’re investigating. We want to make sure everything is going the way that it should be going."
Rita Jackson, director of the Newark operation, said students use the 42 computers in the building to work with Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow teachers online. Some students also participate from home.
"This is just a tiny program helping unwed mothers and kids who did not do well in a traditional school," said Jackson, a former Newark teacher. "This is just a smokescreen. They’ve got to explain to the public why kids are leaving the schools."
Information collected by two attendance officers for the Newark schools shows that most of the local charter students don’t have computers at home or Internet access. Interviews with 10 students show some had logged in on their computers only twice in a two-month period.
"I think this school ought to measure up to providing quality education or be shut down," Richards said.
A spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Education, which received a copy of Richards’ letter, said officials will contact the Lucas County agency and are confident that any problems can be resolved.
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Dublin, OH

#33 Mar 6, 2011
NEWARK SCHOOL
Charter, nonprofit part after complaints
Friday, March 24, 2006
Tom Sheehan
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH


NEWARK, Ohio ? A Columbus-based charter school has ended its relationship with a Newark nonprofit agency after complaints that the local program failed to provide adequate educational services.

Officials with the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow issued a statement yesterday saying it is not renewing its contract with Newark Arts and Music Too, an agency operated by Rita Jackson. The charter school used a classroom at Jackson?s Castle on the Canal building to provide online education for students. The classroom had 42 charterschool computers, which will be removed. Some students also participated in the program from home.

Charter school spokesman Nick Wilson said yesterday that computers and Internet access will be provided at the homes of students who used the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow program at Jackson?s facility.

Newark School Superintendent Keith Richards criticized the operation earlier this week in a letter to the Lucas County Educational Service Center, which sponsors the Columbus charter school.

"Based on parental complaints, we believe the (charter school) program is failing to meet even minimum standards of operation, and, as a result, may be committing fraud by taking state funds for educational services it is not providing to schools," Richards said in the letter.

Richards complained that the charter school received $423,000 in state funds this year for students who left Newark schools. Yesterday, he applauded the charter schools actions, but said he still has concerns about the overall Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow program.

In a statement yesterday, charter school Superintendent Jeff Forster said Richards? "concerns are unfounded and his letter was filled with inaccuracies, exaggerations and outright falsehoods."

In Newark, the charter school and Jackson had a partnership that began in October 2004. The contract expired Feb. 28 and won?t be renewed, Forster said.

On Wednesday, Newark fire investigators inspected the building and found about 40 violations, mostly involving improper electrical wiring. Inspectors ordered the class room to close.

Those violations played a role in not renewing the contract, Forster said.

Jackson also improperly used the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow name on her building, he said.

"This is not an ECOT school despite statements of the Newark superintendent," Forster said in his statement. "The ECOT logo sign was not authorized by ECOT officials and may have caused confusion in the community."

Jackson has said she only provided space for the charter school through an agreement and that she would take care of the fire-code violations. The building also houses the local NAACP chapter, a recording studio and a black history museum.

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Dublin, OH

#34 Mar 6, 2011
Yep

Dublin, OH

#35 Mar 6, 2011
Remember that name. Rita Jackson. You'll be running into that name again. She shore nuf know how to use the system, honey chile.

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