Senator Schiavoni Comments On Passage Of Charter School Reform
H.B. 2 is a good start, but more work is needed
October 07, 2015
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COLUMBUS - Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) called the passage of H.B. 2 an important starting point for the charter school reform movement, but stressed that there is still more to be done.

“After years of dedicated effort by Democrats in the legislature, it’s good to see charter school reforms passed today,” said Senator Schiavoni. “This marks the beginning of what I hope will be a path to complete accountability and transparency for Ohio’s charter schools. We still need to make significant adjustments to ensure that every child receives the best education possible.”

Senator Schiavoni applauded the positive aspects of H.B. 2, many of which were incorporated from S.B. 20, which Schiavoni introduced in February 2015. The next step will be to introduce a bill that adds to H.B 2 in the following ways:

  • Requires the Auditor of State to audit each charter school operator and sponsor on an annual basis regarding all documents pertaining to their use of public funds for operations or sponsorship of charter schools
  • Requires each public charter school to set up a public records commission, which will meet at least once per year to review all records
  • Clarifies that all nonpublic operators and sponsors of charter schools must comply with public records

“We need to make sure this bill is a major first step toward complete charter school reform, not the last time the issue comes up,” said Senator Schiavoni. “Let’s take this momentum and add to it. Ohio parents deserve to feel confident that the failures we’ve seen over the years will never happen again.”

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