Columbus—Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement in response to Governor Kasich’s comments calling for stronger regulation of Ohio’s public charter schools:

“I am pleased Governor Kasich has pledged to address the ongoing problems in Ohio’s charter schools.  His comments signal a growing consensus even among charter school supporters that reform is desperately needed.  Too often a lack of adequate regulation has enabled bad actors to waste taxpayer dollars and shortchange our children of the education they deserve.

“Right now charter school operators and sponsors do not have to reveal how they spend tax dollars or abide by public records laws.  That’s why I have introduced charter school reform legislation in the last two General Assemblies to increase transparency and accountability.  Unfortunately, the legislation has never been brought up for a vote.  But, as the Governor pointed out, the problem can no longer be ignored.

“I will be reintroducing my legislation at the start of the next General Assembly and I hope the Governor and my Republican colleagues in the Senate will finally support it.”

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