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Ohio sees dozens of charter schools open this year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of new charter schools are opening this fall around Ohio, with about one-third of them in Columbus.

Fifty-two charter schools can open in the state, up from 33 new schools a year ago and 35 the previous year. The facilities are public schools that can get state funding but can operate only in certain areas. They often are independent of school districts.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports few of the 350-plus charter schools throughout Ohio have shown stellar academic performance.

Charter schools sometimes incorporate features not typically found in traditional public schools. Some of the new schools have single-gender classes or use a mix of online and in-person instruction. Some aim to serve students from particular income classes or neighborhoods that aren't close to other schools.

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