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Charter schools win ruling against White Hat
Management company lays claims to most of the break-away schools' records and assets

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M.L. Schultze

Correction: Nine of the schools remain in the lawsuit against White Hat. And the schools are not necessarily trying to break with the company; rather they want to review White Hat's finacial records to see if White Hat should continue to manage the schools.

Nine charter schools won a major victory this week in their challenge of a management contract  Akron-based White Hat Management. A Franklin County judge says the private company must turn over the financial records of the Akron and Cleveland schools to the nonprofit governing boards of those schools. 

The Hope Academies and Life Skills Centers are challenging terms of their contracts with White Hat. They say the company had almost dictatorial control over the nonprofit schools, including claims to all their furnishings, supplies and records. 

The judge’s ruling also says a law that allows private operators to replace the schools boards is irrelevant. That’s because the law took effect in 2007 after White Hat and the schools had signed their contracts. 

Among the records the school boards want is how much White Hat spent lobbying for that law.

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