This is one of the craziest statements I've ever heard and it's from the Ohio House Speaker:
Ohio will no longer provide state-funded start-up grants for new charter schools. Karen Tabor, a spokesperson for Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, says groups starting new charter schools should no longer need the money because anyone starting a new charter school this year must be currently operating an already successful charter school. Charter supporters say eliminating the grants is a further attempt to undermine charter school growth. Source: WTOL-TV, (07/27/2007) http://www.wtol.com/Global/story.asp?S=6848247
This is like saying that after you open your first business, all subsequent businesses don't cost a dime! Charter school startup grants are designed to inform the public about a new charter school, train faculty on the new curriculum, hire key staff members (e.g. administration) early, outfit new classrooms and other "startup" costs. It could be that Rep. Husted just didn't know the meaning of the word "startup."