Bill Would Tighten Charter-school Rules
Minority Leader Schiavoni discusses how SB 190 would stop the repetition of failure with Ohio's charter schools
January 17, 2014
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I thank The Dispatch for reporting on the alarming number of charter-school closings in Columbus. It’s very troubling how the schools listed in the report wasted precious education dollars and failed to live up to promises made to students and parents.

Unfortunately, Columbus is not the only city where charter schools continue to fail. Recently, an audit of Legacy Academy in Youngstown uncovered improper attendance records that led to $309,704 in unsubstantiated payments of state funds and nearly $90,000 in unpaid taxes. Ohio’s taxpayers and students deserve better oversight and accountability.

While there are high-performing charter schools in Ohio, the disturbingly high number of failing schools demands the attention of the legislature. That’s why I introduced Senate Bill 190 to strengthen charter-school closure laws to prevent a repetition of failure.

The legislation also would require charter-school operators and sponsors to abide by the same audit and public records requirements as public school districts.

While members of the General Assembly have different approaches to education, there is widespread agreement that our children deserve high-quality schools. I hope my fellow legislators are taking notice of what’s happening in Columbus and across the state.

It’s time the General Assembly finally deals with this issue.


Ohio Senate minority leader


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