ERCO was founded in February 2005. We are an educational consulting firm that specializes inauthorizing community schools." (http://www.ercoinc.org/aboutus.html)That's it. That's their complete history. A member of their 6-
advisory board includes thisinformation in his bio: "James Brown has been the administrator of Life Skills Center – Daytonsince it was established in 2005 and this school was recently selected as the model schoolwithin the White Hat Management Organization." You'll also notice that these
helpget the schools up and running for an additional organization to actually run the schools. Followthe money . . .
Kids Count of Dayton, Inc
: 12 schools in 3 counties"Wright Dunbar, a school in Academic Emergency the previous year was suspended during theyear for violating the academic standards of Community Schools. The suspension was lifted inearly 2007 however; the school did not reopen for the remainder of the academic school year.Kids Count, made continuous contacts to secure all records and assets of that school with nosuccess." Kids Count of Dayton, Inc., Sponsorship Annual Report, 2006-2007"Kids Count of Dayton, Inc., which sponsors nine schools around the state, was given 45 daysby Taylor to submit a written plan to assist the school to prepare its documents for an audit. KidsCount also is prevented from opening any new charter schools as long as MontessoriRenaissance Experience’s books remain unauditable." Dayton Daily News, 3/17/2008.But rest assured:
"Kids Count of Dayton is a non-profit organization and therefore does not profit from itsbusiness."
"The office was staffed with an executive director, administrative assistant, and threeconsultants in the areas of curriculum, finance, and governance."
"Personnel Costs: $460,586; Benefits $92,117"And finally, why does Kids Count of
have half of its schools in Cincinnati and Columbus?Follow the money . . .
Lucas County Educational Service Center
: 67 schools in 16 countiesI repeat, the
ESC sponsors community schools in
16 different counties
. Only 10of the schools are actually located in Lucas County.There isn't much to add about this one except to once again point out the obvious that they donot operate these buildings. Their staff of 12 consultants simply take their cut as they getpermission from the state and then turn over the reigns of the school to any number of differentcompanies (at least 16 by my count). The most common company is Summit Academy Schools(http://www.summitacademies.com/) who incidentally also have three schools sponsored by theaforementioned Kids Count of Dayton. The Lucas County ESC website is devoid of meaningfulinformation (http://www.lucas.k12.oh.us/index.php?section=30).
Ohio Council of Community Schools
: 39 schools in 10 counties"Ohio Council of Community Schools, established in 1999, is a not-for-profit organizationresponsible for issuing and overseeing charters for Community Schools throughout Ohio. TheseCharters serves as contractual agreements regarding school’s standards, budgets, andoperating principles. We are proven and experienced, and provide charters to numerousCommunity Schools across the state." (http://www.ohioschools.org/)